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Peugeot 207 Allure

The Peugeot 207 Allure is the sportiest model in the 207 range. It has respectable performance, but won’t cost too much to run.

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Allure is the semi-sporty top model in the 207 range. It’s similar in appearance to the limited edition Sportium, but it only comes with 1.6-litre engines. You can have the 1.6-litre 120bhp turbocharged engine created in collaboration with BMW, with either a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic gearbox. Alternatively, there are 1.6-litre turbodiesels developing 92bhp or 112bhp, and both are available only as manuals. A six-speed gearbox is fitted to the more powerful version. Allure is not only the sportiest-looking 207; it’s also the most luxuriously equipped. It has tinted rear windows and 17-inch alloy wheels, a sports interior pack and a glass sunroof, and comes with rear parking senors and side curtain airbags, on top of the features found on models lower down the range. However, Allure trim is expensive.

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Good points

The 1.6-litre petrol engine is smooth and powerful, delivering decent punch from below 2,000rpm. It suits the agile 207 well, although comfort suffers a bit on bad roads because of the 17-inch wheels that come with Allure. The diesels are even stronger and can potentially give more than 60mpg economy. The 207 looks especially stylish in Allure specification and has a smartly trimmed cabin with an extensive list of comfort features, including air conditioning, a sunroof and Bluetooth mobile phone connection.

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Bad points

It’s a surprise that the Clarion multimedia stereo available in the 207 Sportium isn’t included with this top-of-the-range model. Nor is electronic stability control. As a result the 207 Allure looks expensive and a little under-equipped against more modern rivals, and it won’t hold its value as well as some of them. You can expect to lose around two-thirds of what you paid after three years. Fortunately big discounts are available – more than £1,500 if you haggle determinedly. Rear-seat legroom is a weakness in all 207s, and reliability has not always been one of its strongest points. With 17-inch wheels, Allure models aren’t the most comfortable 207s, and that’s especially true of the heavier diesels.

What you get

  • Alloy wheels
  • Folding rear seats
  • Panoramic roof
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Passenger & Driver airbag
  • Front side airbags
  • Curtain airbags
  • Front fog lights
  • Manual air conditioning
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Height adjustable driver's seat
  • Front electric windows
  • Single CD player
  • Sports seats
  • Rear electric windows
  • Bluetooth

Recommended optional extras

  • Electronic stability control
  • Metallic paint

Our choice

The manual petrol model powered by a 120bhp 1.6-litre turbocharged engine. To all intents and purposes, it’s the same engine you get in a MINI Cooper.

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Richard is a former editor of Carbuyer, as well as sister site DrivingElectric.com, and he's now Deputy Editor at Auto Express. Having spent a decade working in the automotive industry, he understands exactly what makes new car buyers tick.

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