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Peugeot 207 5dr
Member Name: Codfish
Peugeot 207 5dr
Advantages: Space, Equipment, Economy, Handling
Disadvantages: Ride and Rattles
I've had my 207 S 16V since August 2007 and am overall very pleased with it. I am a petrol head and had to give up a much faster car to save some cash so it had to be the right car for me if it was not to be a big disapointment and I can say that for what it is this is an excellent car.
My previous experience of the quality of french cars had left me a bit weary of buying another one but first impressions of this car were very positive. For me, along with the Fiat Grande Punto this is the best looking small car on the market and the 207 has a much nicer interior and is a lot more comfortable. Speaking of the interior, it is a lovely place to be. The dashboard feels like that from a more premium car and it actually feels quite well built with them having shed some of the cheap plastics french cars have become renound for. For the money as well the car comes really well equipped! For the S model it comes with Aircon, cdplayer, trip computer, full electrics and loads of safety gear which really does make it extremely good value for money.
One of the main advantages of this car is the size of the thing. I downsized from a car in the next size segment and to be honest, there is very little difference. The space in the front is massive compared to most bigger cars and I have regularly had 4 people in it comfortably even behind me, who is 6'4"s tall! I have made a 100 mile trip with 4 people and a weeks luggage as well as a wheelchair in it in relative comfort which amazed me and along with filling it with carboot sale stuff on a couple of occasions has led me to call it the tardiss! It's amazing how much you can get in there! The rear seats easily unclip so you can take them out then fold down the backs totally flat giving you masses of space if you need extra room for a run to the tip etc.
As for how the car drives I can say it is not a sporty drive but not a boat either. It does handle itself well and for all but the most enthusiastic driver it will do the job better than you need it to. My car is the 16v 90bhp 1.4litre engine and it's a very good engine. It's actually the same engine as that in the Mini One! It pulls well enough for most people and never seems to struggle to get up to motorway speeds, at which it is quiet and responsive. I wouldn't want to go for the less powerful 8valve engine however because I think it would start to struggle with the weight of the car! It is amazingly economical as well. Around town it only gets around 38mpg but on a longer run I regularly get 47-48mpg and have had it in the 50's for some A-road journeys which is fantastic for a petrol car.
The ride is a little crashy. When you go over bumps around town the suspension does rattle a bit and i'm starting to get the french car rattles occasionally but it's much improved over the cars i've had in the past. Also on the motorway it doesn't feel as planted as it could although no doubt that is better on wider wheeled models. Other gripes include when parking the power steering sometimes does not keep up although I also had this on a clio in the past.
Other than these two things i've so far had nearly 14 000 miles of cheap trouble free motoring and for the money it costs there is little out there that can match it in all areas.
Summary: A couple of little niggles don't ruin a great package