Long-term tests

Peugeot 307 CC

Mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun. And here at Auto Express there's plenty of opportunity to slap on the Ambre Solaire and do just that, as our long-term fleet currently comprises a number of convertibles, including an Audi A4 Cabriolet, a Vauxhall VX220 Turbo, a Smart Roadster, a Daihatsu Copen and a Peugeot 307 CC.

  • Swift folding roof operation, stylish leather interior, large boot, colour sat-nav screen
  • Sluggish performance, erratic automatic windscreen wipers, ungainly looks

Mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun. And here at Auto Express there's plenty of opportunity to slap on the Ambre Solaire and do just that, as our long-term fleet currently comprises a number of convertibles, including an Audi A4 Cabriolet, a Vauxhall VX220 Turbo, a Smart Roadster, a Daihatsu Copen and a Peugeot 307 CC. Thankfully, summer seems to have well and truly arrived, after an unusually cold spring which meant the CC's Mercedes SLK-style folding hard-top had stayed firmly in place, especially as heated seats are sadly not an option. The last Peugeot convertible we ran, a 206 CC, joined us at the beginning of winter, and we had it for only six months, so chances to get the roof down were few and far between - which was probably just as well, as the mechanism was not without its problems. However, KN53 FUT's top has been a joy to behold so far, and happily glides up and down. Unlike the junior CC, there are no clips or handles to operate, either. There's one simple button, and once the windows are lowered - also a one-touch operation - the process takes about 16 seconds, and then your motoring is purely al fresco. What also strikes you about the 307 is that when the lid is up, it really does feel like a bona fide coup

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