I hadn't drove for a few years but after umming and erhhing I decided a car would be beneficial - no need to wait for a non-existent bus service etc.
The car I chose was the Peugeot 207 1.4, a Silver 2010 5 door model with only 37K on the "electronic " clock. I chose this car simply because it seems to tick all the right boxes. Namely it's very easy to drive, I would certainly recommend it for new and/or inexperienced drivers. It has power steering, abs, air conditioning, programmable speed limiter, cd player and aux socket, on board computer telling you your mpg, range until next fill up, range till next service etc., remote central locking with dead locks and immobilizer as standard. Electric mirrors and front electric windows.The dash is black with chrome trim with white sports style dials. The glove box has a cooler facility, though it is really only suitable for gloves and other small items.However there is a lot of pockets spread around the car, though there is cup holders, these are placed directly behind the handbrake, so perhaps more for rear passengers rather than the driver.
The car starts first time, even in the UK's inclement weather and the engine noise seems to be quite quiet.
Height and reach adjustable steering, height and lateral movement of driver seating. The car is surprisingly roomy, and both front and rear passengers should be quite comfortable, I am over six feet tall and have sat in back without my chin hitting my knees (unlike a Ford Ka for instance)
Get the impression the car wants to help and assist you in driving it, whether you want it to or not. My car was cheap to insure at Group 3 and costs around £60 to fill the 50L tank up.
Clutch is a bit high, (have been informed that many Peugeots are like this) but works, and the seating is comfortable, though the rear seat (bench type) seem quite firm and high up, whether these would be comfortable on longer journeys, I have no idea.
The car is quite happy to run around towns and urban areas with speeds of 30 - 40mph, giving an approximate value of 40 mpg. Regarding safety it has front and side airbags, isofix rear seats, and an auto locking system for the doors when speed reaches 6mph and more.It also has 5 star eurocap safety rating. It has audible seat belt alarms just to let you know, its looking after you, and as stated earlier a programmable speed limiter (as standard) if you so desire.
Regarding driving, a small problem is you can't see the very end of the bonnet, so parking is more of a guess than precision. But apart from that I found the car very eager to be driven including an eco-mode which shows a small arrow on the dash display which faces up or down to suggest whether you should move up or down a gear.
A small concern for me is everything mechanical seems to be electronically managed, so one can only guess what would happen if the battery failed, but this seems to be the way of most modern cars.
My first car after passing my driving test was a lovely electric blue Peugeot 207 Sport, and to this day, it is the best car I've ever driven. I, um, took my time learning to drive, and during the 5 years on a provisional license, I got to drive a wide variety of small cars. The only one that came even slightly close to this one is the newest Ford Fiesta. Before purchasing my car, I took a few test drives, but nothing really stood out. After visiting the Ford and Fiat dealerships, and a couple of car supermarkets, it all seemed a bit mediocre. The last place on my list was the Peugeot garage, and I'm so glad that I went there. I drove (what was at the time) the new 207, and I was seriously impressed. It handles amazingly well, is easy to control, and is fun to drive (this is the most important thing, in my opinion). Having owned it for a longer amount of time, I found its shape and size to be very practical and good for a new driver. I found it very easy to get used to the vehicle's dimensions, and the controls are easy to understand and well laid out. The interior space is somewhat reminiscent of a Tardis; although it's a small car, it can comfortably seat five people (all the rear seats have proper seatbelts, not a rubbish lap belt in the middle), and mine had bucket seats for the driver and front passenger, which was awesome! If you need to transport a lot of stuff, the rear seats fold down to give an impressive amount of space to get your shopping in. I can't believe the amount of stuff I could fit in this car. It is so practical, but not unwieldy at all. The car I chose had a 1.4L engine, but felt a lot more powerful. Driving the car felt instinctive, gear changes were smooth and the engine sound was a lovely smooth purr. It's a basic car with everything you need - central locking, electric windows, air-con, and a really good stereo.
Although I bought this car as a new driver, I didn't pass my test until I was 27. It's a car that I imagine most new drivers would like, but it was a bit expensive to insure (£1600/year - ouch!), probably because it has a bit of a boy racer appeal to it. It's a car that I'd be happy to be seen driving: it's practical but still really cool. And it's reliable too, the only problem I had was a faulty engine temperature sensor after about 20,000 miles. One thing you might be a bit annoyed about is that the reverse gear sometimes sticks and you have to declutch twice. Fortunately you won't be travelling at speed when this happens (well, I hope not!), and I only found it to be a minor problem. Apparently it's a common problem with the type of gearbox used in these cars (also used in some Fords, so I am told). I really have nothing bad at all to say about this car.
Just to add, I needed to fit two child seats in the rear of the car, and I had no problems fitting them. There's enough room to fit most brands, I would imagine - it's a pretty roomy car. There was also space for a skinny person to occupy the middle seat, but I don't think they were all that happy about it!
I've had my 1.4 Peugeot 207 90 SE for almost three years now, and couldn't be happier with it.
The engine is smooth and very quiet, especially at lower speeds and idle. The 1.4 90 is nippy around town, although you do need to give it slightly more revs for smaller gaps at islands and junctions, however compared to the lower powered 1.4 I tried, it's much better. The balance between economy and power is just right. Compared to my old car, a Ford Fiesta, it handles a lot better and feels more stable. The ABS works well and has a nice touch which automatically puts your hazard lights on when ABS is activated (this can be disabled using the on-board computer if you wish).
Being the SE model, it has a panoramic glass roof, a light coloured interior and extras such as fold-away arm rests. This leads to a very light and spacious feeling interior, with lots of soft touch plastics. The only negative about the interior is that the arm rests can get in the way of the cup holder which sits between the two front seats. A slight design fault in my opinion but nothing too major.
My favourite thing about the 207 however is the looks. In my opinion it's the best looking hatch on the market at the moment. From every angle its looks fresh and modern, especially in the deep blue or grey colours.
Overall, a very good car, reliable with few problems in the years I've had it, good looking and easy to drive. Only downsides are a couple of design faults such as the cup holder, and the lack of space behind the headlight unit which makes it a knuckle grazing experience to change a bulb!
I feel it is right to only review a car now that I have had it for 3 years to give a fair view of how it has performed over an extended period of time.
Appearance wise the 207 is fairly similar to its predecessor the 206. With many of the classic aggressive lines now familiar on Peugeots I personally find it a very good looking modern styled car. For anyone familiar with the 206, the 207 is a slightly larger vehicle which seems to work to its advantage, the cabin space is ample for 2 adults in the back seats, although 3 would be a bit of a squeeze. The front seat are large, almost armchair like and fantastically comfortable. You would struggle to find a more comfortable car to sit in without spending a lot more. Boot space is reasonable although the classic golf bag test would show it perhaps could use a few more inches of space either way.
The performance is as to be expected, a 1.4 engine makes it punchy enough to perform safe overtakes and will comfortably travel at motorway limits in 5th gear but it is quite a heavy car so a lot slower than the likes of 1.4 corsa's or fiestas. The 1.6 option will obviously give it a fair bit more power and from owning the 1.4 I would advise going for the extra power if that is a option.
The drive is a positive of the Peugeot, smooth and comfortable, gear changes similarly smooth. Everything about the drive of this car is best described as smooth. Nothing too exciting but a nice experience helped along by a good sound system as standard with decent quality speakers.
Reliability has not been an issue thus far and all MOT's have been passed without issue. On the flip side though there as been issues with the electrics as is widely reported with Peugeots. In my case nothing too serious but lights frequently cease to work when the bulbs are fine and warning lights will intermittently come on just to be fine the next week. Fuel consumption is comparable to the majority of other small to medium sized petrol engined cars of the last few years and is capable of getting around 40mpg on the motorway.
Overall a good car available for around £6000 with low mileage. If your looking for a comfortable good looking package that would fit the bill for familys and young drivers alike this is a good choice.
I own the peugeot 207 GT. It has a 1.6 litre HDMI engine and because it the GT version it has lots if added extras including a panoramic roof, directional headlights, self folding wing mirrors, automatic headlights and half leather seats. I have done 50,000 miles in it and it has never missed a beat. In my view the miles to the gallon is excellent, and on a steady run to work I have had 55 miles to the gallon out of it. It handles very well at speed and is a very comfortable drive. The only problem I have had with the car is that is tends to blow alot of headligt bulbs. Every couple of months a would have to replace one and at £10 a bulb it was getting very expensive. I finally started to turn my automatic headlights off and just use the headlights as normal and I have never had another one blow.
I've had my peugeot since July 2009, I brought it second hand from my then, local dealership.
It's a smooth comfortable drive and handles well round corners, something that my previous car didn't (ended up slowing right down to go round a slight bend as it felt like the car was going to tip over!). The steering is nice and light - fantastic for me as I sometimes suffer from shoulder problems.
Touch wood I've not encountered any engine problems, however, for the 2 winters that I've owned the car (they have been quite harsh, especially this winter!) the fuse has gone that powers the windscreen washer. Apparently this is known to Peugeot and happens when there is weather that cold, which is annoying and slightly dangerous - when the roads are salted and the windscreen becomes covered I'd like to be 100% confident that the windscreen washer will work at all times! Thankfully spare fuses can be picked up fairly cheaply, so I now keep a spare one in the car, just in case.
Another problem, this one more expensive is the brakes. I had the brake pads replaced at the front a year out and was told that the brake discs were fine. However on my MOT in September 2010, there was an advisory to have my rear brake discs checked in a few months. Had them checked yesterday at the garage and all 4 discs need replacing and thereffore the brake pads do too! I'm hoping that the discs and pads will last for a couple of years at least. But I guess this problem could have happen on any car and is probably not a 'fault' specifically with the 207.
Overall I am very happy with my Peugeot, it always starts first time. It's emissions are low meaning cheap road tax (1st year I owned it the road tax was £35.00, this year it went down to £30.00!). Half a tank of diesel easily does 240 miles. I feel safe driving it (unlike driving in my previous car). Although not a speed machine it does have a little bit of ooompph when you need to accelerate. There are 3 proper seat belts in the back, so I can safely take 3 passengers in the back. The boot space is great - can easily fit a weeks food shopping in there. I actually enjoy driving it and my driving confidence has returned thanks to this car.
I was initially slightly apprehensive about investing in the 207 after reading some less favourable reviews; however I have been very pleased with my purchase.
I bought the car second hand, with a little over seventeen thousand miles on the clock. This is the 5 door 1.4 petrol engine 207. The engine is quiet and the ride is smooth. The most impressive feature of the drive is the steering. It is light and responsive when travelling at lower speeds on roads, whilst tightening up well whilst a higher speeds to avoid swerve. The acceleration is slightly sluggish in the lower gears (this is by no means a boy racers car) although, as I am interested in keeping my acceleration levels low to save petrol, this suits me. Not much to say about the breaks apart from that they are very good.
In terms of the layout of the car and the interior I was again impressed. The fact that the car is small but still has five doors is attractive. (This makes it much easier when picking up a load of mates to go and play football) The seats are comfy on long journeys and there is good space around the driver seat, it is a pleasant place to be. There is also plenty of boot space. Two other useful features include, Air Con, CD/Radio with steering wheel controls. The only bad part of the interior was the decision to leave the fuse box on the left hand side of the car, in the right hand drive cars. This means much of the space behind the glove box is taken up by the fuse box.
Along with this, the 207 is also a very pretty car both on the interiot and enterior. The large grill certainly makes it stand out amongst the crowd of other small cars on the road.
I would certainly recommend the 207 as a good car for someone using it for commuting and social use, as it is fuel friendly and a comfortable place to be on short and long journeys. It might not be right for the bigger car enthusiasts.
Under 30K miles on a new 1.4 Variable Valve Timing engine - New lambda sensor - New cylinder head - New water pump - New timing chain . Still tapping from cold around camshaft - 2 months left on the warranty - THE WORST CAR I`ve ever owned since 1970 !!! Apparently a BMW sourced engine . Hitler`s Revenge
My Peugeot 207 is the 1.6HDi s model equipped with alloy wheels, air con and fogs as standard over and above the basic model. I picked it up new for a total of £11,500 which was only £500 more than the bog standard 14.HDi model. This was in 2007 For the same Mpg and insurance group I got 20 extra horse power, which are badly needed, and the extra styling.
Having driven it without a single problem for three years I actually changed to another 207, it was that good. The only issue was that the new ones are £1500 more expensive, but to be honest, still good value.
I put 42,000 miles on my first model, over three years. After 700 I had the first minor check service, and then none until it was handed back. The tyres, filters, brakes and pads all lasted three years without so much as a blip. I changed the oil as a matter of course.
All this time it never missed a beat or made a sound out of place, returned 55mpg overall. If I can get a similar performance and reliability from my new 207 I will be over the moon.
If it is cheap ultra-reliable motoring you want, without the worry of repairs and expensive servicing, then this insurance group six Peugeot is for you.
My Tip: Spend the extra for the 1.6, you won't be disappointed.
I am a fan of Peugeot as a make of car, the service is excellent, and the cars are absolutely reliable and hold their price. I have had 3 different ones, the last 2 have both been 207 special editions, the most recent being the 207 verve. It's an excellent car, with a really good safety spec, fantastic deals for finance from the dealership and really good warranty, not that I have ever had the need to call on one! The car is sporty looking, but without the additional features which mean it does not cost a fortune to insure. For a small car it is very spacious, giving me enough room for my grown family of 3. The car is good on fuel consumption. The car is really good value and has extra features like the ability to use your mobile phone on a built in hands free device via Bluetooth. The car also has the benefit of MP3 enablement which means its great for use with your Ipod. I would recommend this car to anyone.
I bought a new Peugeot 207 back in October 2008 for 14K. It costed me 14k because it is automatic with 5 doors.Within 3 months of buying the car, the engine failed. Basicly I was driving home and the car went down and wouldn't restart. Thanks goodness I wasn't driving on the motorway!!! I called RAC and by the time they got there the car was working! I was going to take it to the garage but didn't because the staff were very unhelpful when I called and they refuse to provide me with a courtesy car.
1 year and half later, the car semed fine until yesterday, the engine was overheating. I am going to take the car to a garage tomorrow to have it checked.
I had Hondas in the past and never had a problem. My 10 year old Honda run better than my bran new Peugeot 207 that cost me 14 grand.
Point being... DO NOT BUY A PEUGEOT! THEY ARE CRAP!
The 207 is my 2nd peugeot and I have to say i love it. Its very economical and nippy. One of my favourite things is that the onbard computer automatically tells you as soon as there is a problem i.e. Fuel level too low, driver side light faulty, risk of ice etc etc. I drive the 1.4 Sport 90 and it only costs me £10/week on fuel. Should you run the car onto the red light i still get 2 days of travel out of it. The car is very robust too, i took a knock in mine when the driver of a vauxhall corsa slammed on his breaks, unfortunatley his car was a write off, my car was absolutely fine, due to the large crumple zone on the car. The interior of the car is very modern and new. The one thing i would say is that when first driving one they can be a little awkward to park as you cannot see the bonnet due to its slant however after a week or so of driving you soon get use to this. I would definatley upgrade to a newer model when ive had mine a bit longer.
We have just replaced our first 207 with another one - a supreme vote of confidence - and we will be upgrading from the basic sepcification (S) to Sport. The first car had the old 1.4 16v engine with 90 bhp. I don't drive this car very often, but my initial fear that it was going to feel like a small car was quickly banished. Although I am 6'4", I had no trouble getting comfortable and had a good view of the road ahead - although on journeys of more than 30 minutes I would use my own car in preference. Because of the slope on the windscreen, which stretches out in front of you at a shallow angle, it doesn't feel small - even though I am used to a larger car for day to day use. One negative is the large pillar at the side of the windscreen that intrudes on vision. I found the old 1.4 engine very slow and the gear change was imprecise. What a difference the new engine (I believe sourced from BMW) makes - it is a lot more eager than the old engine even though it is only marginally more powerful - the gear change is also much improved. The interior is much the same, save that the centre console looks a lot tidier (possibly because it has less blanks than the old car). The old car was very economical - we got 32mpg using it only in town - hoping we might see a slight improvement in the new model.
I was unfortunate enough to suffer from a slight car hit while out driving my car. The car didn't look too damaged at the time but once given a quote it looked like more damage was done than visible. This meant I was going to need a courtesy car as I couldn't be without a car for a good few weeks. I turned up at my garage and nearly cried when I saw a beautiful car before me; it wasn't just your standard small car with courtesy written on it but a brand new Peugeot 207. I had never driven a Peugeot before, so it gave me a bit of getting used to but I got in the car and drove away.
The Peugeot 207 is a very nice modern looking car, at 1.4 it isn't too big an engine. The car is spacious enough inside; I had the 5 door so it was a great size. The boot is also quite a good size; it is a sporty type car by looking at it but is also great just for getting around.
The display on the car is all digital and like most cars goes orange at night. There are little things about the car which just made it nice. Like most modern cars you can control the sound from under the steering wheel, by clicking to skip or pause or move back to the radio. The radio also has a digital screen telling you what shows are coming on next which is quite good and also I like it because it tells you that your oil is ok if like me, you're not the best at checking. It also warned when there was risk of ice and automatically locks the doors when you move. The light also comes on when you turn the engine off so that at night you can see things. Lastly, there is a display for each passenger to show if all seatbelts are being worn, which is great for safety.
Now, I found the car was pretty good at getting up in the gears. The speed is quite fast so you will shoot off when you put it into second. I also found that you could easily be speeding without noticing because this car runs so smoothly that you are not aware you are doing about 80mph. The gears are easy enough to move about and it is not difficult to change them which is always easier when driving.
I found, the brakes are also very respondent and it is easy enough to reverse the car. The car has electric windows, the usual child safety locking, there are controls you can click to show how many miles the car will do before your tank is on empty which again is another useful feature.
The comfort in this car, the next section I will talk about. I as the driver found the car very comfy for long distance driving; the seat grooves in and is easily adjustable. As passengers, my friends all stated at the comfort of the car, how relaxing it was to just sit back and fall asleep and also they felt they had enough leg room. The car is well spaced so that everyone can sit back comfortably without feeling cramped when having all 5 passengers in the car.
The car is easy enough to spot in a dark area as when you unlock the lights flash orange to show the doors are open and when closing it they flash once then go off. I notice if you unlock the car but don't get in right away then it will automatically lock for security.
The car I had, came with a sunroof on the whole roof which was a nice feature at keeping the car nicely lit but even without the sunroof it still looks nice. The car comes in a wide range of colours but I had the metallic grey colour which I found very nice. I drove in all weather conditions and even in the snow felt very safe in here as the tyres really gripped. The car I had was also a Diesel engine but the diesel seemed to last forever until it ran out but this may be because it was diesel as I normally drive petrol.
The sound in the car was also very good, the bass was great and it was even through out. Even playing CD's, it is easy enough to control and set your most commonly used stations.
Other features, the air conditioning system is also easy enough to control. The car I found heats up quite quickly which with this weather is definitely a useful feature. Also heated back window works very quickly too. The actual key for the car is quite good because you can put the silver bit into the black fob so that it is concealed and on the click of the silver button the key comes out saving it from scratching anything in your bag.
Overall, though as a car I fell in love with it and have never been so sad to give the keys back to anything. It is a very cool, modern, sporty looking car and all of my friends were even sad for me to give it back as I was considered the cool kid for a while with this drive. It is a handy car with nice features and it looks good as well as being comfortable. It is an easy drive as well as being smooth running and I am definitely buying this car now that I have driven it.
For more information on the Peugeot 207 head on over to http://www.peugeot.co.uk where you can get the full specification list. This car costs roughly £12000 for the specific model I had but for the lowest priced 3 door you are looking at anything from £10,000 upwards unless you buy a used model.
My 207 has the most comfortable seats I have ever sat in in a car, its like getting into an arm chair! There is loads of room inside considering it is a small car. The 1.4 engin I have is ok but the car is very heavey (the heaviest of cars its size) so it takes a long time to accelerate, having said that once it is going it is fine. The paint on mine has started to fade around the edges of the car though despite regualr waxing. The boot is very spacious, I have been camping with mine and the stuff including tent fit fine. The interior seems to be of good quality however the trip computer in mine has gone wrong twice in the ast 3 weeks, both easy for the garage to fix, but a hassle to take it back. A bonus feature is the passanger airbag which can be turned off if a rear facing child seat is in the front, great for parents.