12.2.2010 Peugeot 207 Economique review
Looks good, especially in white, and performs well too though, like all cars it proved impossible to match the official laboratory test cycle figures in real life.
General road noise/engine refinement could be better at times and the ride is firm on the low rolling resistance tyres.
Review by Russell Bray for WhatGreenCar.com
Despite a higher gearbox final drive and reprogrammed engine management system, Peugeot's acclaimed 1560cc, four-cylinder diesel engine still delivers the goods and the 207 is lively from rest and mid-range. Maximum torque (161 lbs/ft) arrives at 1,750rpm and maximum power (90bhp) at 4,000rpm. Motorway and main road cruising saw 64.2mpg reducing to 52.3mpg around town. General road noise a bit irritating at times. Acceleration to 62mph took 11.7 seconds. Top speed was 115mph.
Despite the racy looks and surprisingly stiff suspension, the 207 Economique isn't as sporty and fun to drive as some past Peugeots. While it's peppy enough and the brakes are strong and responsive, there is quite a lot of movement at the steering wheel before anything happens at the road wheels. The five-speed manual gear change doesn't like being rushed. A gear change indicator arrow in the odometer helps economy by advising the best gear to use.
The 207 Economique's hunkered down stance, 5mm lower with side skirts, deeper front spoiler and extended rear window roof spoiler, helps cut aerodynamic drag from 0.30 to 0.274 as well as looking good. Size of air vents has also been carefully 'tuned' for efficiency. Car available in Bianca White, Thorium Grey and new Inari Blue. Length: 4030mm. Width 1748mm.
COMFORT & CONTROLS
Cabin is pleasant and reasonably spacious, but wide windscreen pillars need care as can obscure other traffic. If you need rear seat access frequently you are best opting for a five-door version for an extra £600.
Seat adjustment is notchy and my ideal driving position was between steps. Steering wheel was a bit slippery to grip. One-touch indicators handy on motorways but can be fiddly to cancel in town.
MPG & RUNNING COSTS
Official fuel economy: Urban 61.4mpg, extra-urban (some out of town) 85.6mpg, combined 74.3mpg. This translates to a fuel cost of around 8p per mile. Carbon dioxide emissions of 99g/km put the Economique in band A. Annual road tax is £zero. Insurance group 4. Warranty covers three years/ 60,000 miles.
Clever aerodynamics and higher gear ratio saves fuel at cruising speeds but Peugeot hasn't embraced automatic stop-start systems yet to further cut fuel consumption around town. The company gains points for its diesel particulate filter (DPF) to trap engine exhaust soot particles and there is an indicator to nag you when a different gear will improve fuel consumption and reduce CO2 gas emissions. CO2 emissions of 99g/km are certainly very good for its class, as is the WhatGreenCar Rating of 39.
Standard kit includes anti-lock brakes with brake force distribution, adjustable steering column, driver and passenger seat height adjustment, split folding rear seat, electric front windows, remote control central locking and power steering. Radio/CD player has MP3 compatibility. Optional USB connection allows Bluetooth phone operation via steering column controls. An MP3 player can be used the same way. The Economique + model (from £14,395) adds air-conditioning, electric door mirrors and a trip computer.
Model tested: Peugeot 207 Economique 1.6 HDi
Body-style: Three or five-door supermini
Engine/CO2: 90bhp 1.6 litre, four-cylinder turbo-diesel
Trim grades: Economique, Economique +
On-road price: From £11,895 (Urban HDi). As tested £13,495
Warranty: Three years/60,000 miles
In the showroom: Available now
Review rating: 4.0 STARS
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