Advertisement
In-depth reviews

Peugeot 207 (2006-2012) review

The Peugeot 207 supermini comes as a three or five-door hatchback, with a huge choice of specs and engines

Overall Auto Express Rating

2.0 out of 5

  • Good value, decent ride and handling, wide range
  • Reliability issues, vague gearchange lets down driving experience

It’s one of the top sellers in the supermini class, and the Peugeot 207 continues to sell on its blend of style, space and huge range of specs and engines. This three-door and five-door hatchback rival to the Ford Fiesta, VW Polo and Renault Clio is also good to drive, and has a higher-quality feel than the fragile 206 it replaced. There are still some question marks over reliability, but the strong petrol and diesel engines mix performance and efficiency well, with Oxygo versions scoring on the latter by offering sub-100g/km CO2 emissions and zero road tax. And while entry-level cars are quite sparsely equipped, any 207 from mid-spec upwards has plenty of kit.

Advertisement - Article continues below

Our choice: 1.4 VTi 95 S

Engines, performance and drive

Ease of driving is a key feature of the Peugeot 207. Its steering and pedals are light and simple to get on with, and the car proves nippy and agile around town. It’s not as precise and fun to drive as the Ford Fiesta, especially out on the open road, but the 207 is comfortable enough over long distances. There’s a huge selection of petrol and diesel engines, but the entry-level petrol cars can feel a little underpowered, and become noisy when pushed. Better to go for one of the diesels; although these can be a bit rattly on start-up, they settle down at speed and provide decent response and good efficiency.

MPG, CO2 and Running Costs

Prices are competitive with the rest of the supermini class, but as the Peugeot 207 has been on sale for some time, it’s worth trying to negotiate a discount with your dealer. If you can afford it, it’s also worth avoiding entry-level Access models. Active trim brings air-con, electric front windows and mirrors, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, while Allure cars also get alloy wheels and parking sensors. Diesels are the better option for low running costs, and look out in particular for Oxygo models – these emit less than 100g/km of CO2, which means buyers don’t have to pay for road tax.

Interior, design and technology

The Peugeot 207 is a very familiar sight on the road, as it’s proven such a huge seller for the company. Yet this doesn’t detract from its good looks. The large Peugeot nose and wide-mouthed grille help the car stand out, while models from mid-spec Allure trim upwards are equipped with attractive alloy wheels as standard. Inside, the car is beginning to show its age, with the design not quite as modern and sharp-looking as in rivals like the latest Ford Fiesta and VW Polo. And although the finish is much better than in the old 206, the 207 now trails the class leaders on interior quality overall.

Practicality, comfort and boot space

The five-door version of the Peugeot 207 obviously has an instant advantage over the three-door in terms of practicality, but whichever you go for, rear legroom is at a premium. More modern rivals like the Ford Fiesta, VW Polo and Kia Rio certainly have the edge here. Boot space also trails the best cars in the class; the 207 offers 270 litres of luggage space with the rear seats in place. They can be folded flat, but this isn’t as straightforward as in other superminis. Still up front is a decent-sized glovebox, and on cars with air-conditioning, a section of it is cooled.

Reliability and Safety

Euro NCAP awarded the Peugeot 207 five stars for occupant protection in its independent crash tests, and the car comes with six airbags as standard. However, stability control is an option on all but the latest, high-spec Oxygo and Oxygo+ models – disappointing for a model that will be considered by many young drivers as their first car. Cabin build quality is still a cause for concern, especially when compared with class leaders like the Ford Fiesta, VW Polo and Kia Rio. Reliability isn’t a particular strong point, either, with electric glitches often reported by owners, but the 207 has put in better performances in our Driver Power satisfaction surveys than previous Peugeot superminis.

Advertisement
Advertisement

More on 207

Used Buyer’s Guide: Peugeot 207
Peugeot 207 Hatchback
12 Sep 2013

Used Buyer’s Guide: Peugeot 207

Peugeot 207 starts from around £2,000 and is a great choice, but check carefully before buying
Peugeot 207 CC (2007-2014) review
Peugeot 207CC convertible front tracking
Peugeot 207 CC
10 Jun 2012

Peugeot 207 CC (2007-2014) review

With its folding metal roof, the Peugeot 207 CC brings open-top fun to the supermini class
Peugeot 207 Oxygo+
Peugeot 207 Oxygo+ front cornering
Peugeot 207 Hatchback
20 Jan 2012

Peugeot 207 Oxygo+

Ultra-efficient, tax-exempt model gives the Peugeot 207 a final flourish
Advertisement
Peugeot 207 Economique
Peugeot 207 Economique
Peugeot 207 Hatchback
11 Dec 2009

Peugeot 207 Economique

Peugeot joins green party with 74mpg supermini
Peugeot 207 CC
Peugeot 207 CC
25 Sep 2009

Peugeot 207 CC

Does nip and tuck keep cabrio in contention?
Peugeot 207 CC vs rivals
Cabrios fr
Peugeot 207 Hatchback
25 Jun 2008

Peugeot 207 CC vs rivals

Should you buy a soft-top or hard-top convertible? We name our favourite choices across four classes to come up with the answer.
Peugeot 207 SW
Peugeot 307 SW
Peugeot 207 Hatchback
17 Apr 2008

Peugeot 207 SW

Our 207 sw was forced off the road weeks after joining the fleet – so only now it’s been fixed are we really starting to appreciate it.
Peugeot 207 SW Outdoor (2007-2012) review
Peugeot 207 SW Outdoor
Peugeot 207 Hatchback
9 Jan 2008

Peugeot 207 SW Outdoor (2007-2012) review

The Outdoor has an impressive load area, but is less favourable for passengers.
Peugeot 207 SW (2007-2012) review
Peugeot 207 SW estate front tracking
Peugeot 207 Hatchback
13 Nov 2007

Peugeot 207 SW (2007-2012) review

The Peugeot 207 SW is a spacious and practical supermini estate with a reasonably well built interior and a wide choice of engines
Advertisement
Peugeot 207 CC
Peugeot 207 CC
Peugeot 207 Hatchback
23 Jul 2007

Peugeot 207 CC

Peugeot is aiming to bring some sunshine into our lives with this: the new 207 CC.
Peugeot 207 SW (2007) review
Peugeot 207 SW 1.6 Sport
Peugeot 207 Hatchback
25 Jun 2007

Peugeot 207 SW (2007) review

With a strong engine range and capable driving experience, the Peugeot SW is a decent addition to the 207 range
Advertisement
Peugeot 207 GTi (2007) review
Peugeot 207 GTi
Peugeot 207 Hatchback
28 May 2007

Peugeot 207 GTi (2007) review

Peugeot's 207 GTi has excellent handling and steering but lacks the rawness of its forebears
Peugeot 207
Peugeot 207 SW Outdoor
Peugeot 207 Hatchback
14 May 2007

Peugeot 207

Peugeot's 207 SW offers great practicality while sacrificing only a few of the hatchback's road manners
Peugeot 207
Peugeot 207 GT HDi
Peugeot 207 Hatchback
16 Apr 2007

Peugeot 207

Those after driveability, road presence, plus affordability should look at the Peugeot 207 GT HDi
Peugeot 207 (2007) review
Peugeot 207 GTi
Peugeot 207 Hatchback
26 Mar 2007

Peugeot 207 (2007) review

Fluid handling and strong grip is topped off with punchy performance and great all-round ability
Advertisement
Peugeot 207 CC
Peugeot 207CC
Peugeot 207 Hatchback
13 Feb 2007

Peugeot 207 CC

When it comes to folding metal roof convertibles, the 207 CC is a winner
Peugeot 207 review
Peugeot 207
Peugeot 207 Hatchback
29 Dec 2006

Peugeot 207 review

The 207 isn't a class leader. While the driving experience is a plus, the engine and gearbox disappoint, and the design hasn't changed much.
Peugeot 207 GT THP
Peugeot 207 GT THP
Peugeot 207 Hatchback
28 Nov 2006

Peugeot 207 GT THP

We've been testing the temperature of Peugeot’s latest hot hatches
Peugeot 207 GTi
Peugeot 207 Hatchback
22 Nov 2006

Peugeot 207 GTi

One of the most famous badges in motoring folklore is back as Peugeot pulls the wraps off the 207 GTi
Peugeot 207
Peugeot 207 GT
Peugeot 207 Hatchback
26 Sep 2006

Peugeot 207

A return to form from Peugeot. The 207 GT performs and handles superbly
Peugeot 207 S
Front view of Peugeot 207 S
Peugeot 207 Hatchback
10 May 2006

Peugeot 207 S

Safer, stronger and better built. These are the claims Peugeot makes of its all-new 207. We put it to the test
Advertisement
Peugeot 207
Front view of Peugeot 207 five-door
Peugeot 207 Hatchback
29 Mar 2006

Peugeot 207

We take a look at the long-awaited Peugeot 207 five-door and ask if it's got what it takes to take on the people carriers
Peugeot 207 (2006) review
Front view of Peugeot 207
Peugeot 207 Hatchback
22 Mar 2006

Peugeot 207 (2006) review

The replacement for the Peugeot 206 is set to hit the road in June. We get behind the wheel of the all-new 207