Peugeot RCZ coupe (2009-2015) - Practicality & boot space
The Peugeot RCZ has tiny rear seats, but a surprisingly big boot
The Peugeot RCZ has tiny rear seats but a reasonably large boot. So, if you’re after a practical two-seater with rear seats you can use very occasionally, it scores well. But if you need to carry back-seat passengers, the Volkswagen Scirocco and Vauxhall Astra GTC are better choices.
Peugeot RCZ interior space and storage
Thanks to the car’s curvy roofline and sloping tail, the back of the RCZ is very cramped. Adults can just about squeeze in for short journeys, but with very little headroom and legroom, the rear seats are more suitable for small children and soft bags.
Storage spaces inside are also tight, with one small cup-holder in the centre console and door bins that are quite hard to reach while driving. Even more annoying is the fact that Peugeot didn’t switch the car’s fuse box across to the right-hand side with the steering wheel, leaving a tiny glovebox with the fuse box taking up most of the space.
While visibility out the back of the RCZ is surprisingly good for a sports coupe, a low-slung driving position means all-around vision is never going to be as good as a taller, more upright car, but rear parking sensors are fitted as standard. The car’s chunky windscreen pillars are stylish but they also create a large blind spot at either side of the screen. On top of that, the pedals are quite high, something long-legged drivers might find to be a bit uncomfortable.
As long as the cramped rear seating isn’t an issue, the RCZ is surprisingly practical thanks to its large 384-litre boot, which is bigger than the 292 litres you get in the Volkswagen Scirocco, the 305 litres of the Audi TT and the 243-litre boot of the Toyota GT86. The Peugeot’s rear seats also fold down, freeing up additional space for longer trips and bulkier items. A large hatchback gives good access, but lifting items over the rear bumper requires some muscle. Sadly, there’s no room for a spare wheel – a puncture-repair kit was supplied as standard instead.