What is it?
Long-in-the-tooth supermini from the company that brought you the 205 thirty-odd years ago and then failed to better it. The 207 felt a bit off the pace right from its launch in 2006. It’s massive front overhang, a last-minute cobble to meet new crash test regulations, meant it never looked as neat as its rivals from Renault and Ford, and it always felt short on quality too. Warmish sports models have singularly failed to trouble our collective pulse at TopGear, and although this is a massive improvement over the woeful 206 (that everyone inexplicably loved), it wasn’t a game-changer then and it certainly isn’t now.
The 206 had a decent chassis and its replacement improved on that. It handles well, although don’t be thinking this is the logical dynamic progression from a 205 GTI. The 207 is a bit of a barge in supermini context, and although it has light, reasonably responsive steering and a supple chassis, it’s not the lithesome pocket rocket that a Clio or Fiesta can become in the right hands.
On the plus side, the 207 is fairly refined and comfortable. This car rides well, especially in lighter petrol trim, but it’s the lazy driving attributes of Peugeot’s excellent HDi diesels that should be the main attraction. The company claims that a 92bhp 1.6-litre HDi is good for 74.3mpg. That’s mighty impressive if it’s achievable.
On the inside
Peugeot’s cabins have, up until very recently, left a lot to be desired, and the now ageing 207 is no exception. It’s fussy where it needs to be clear and simple, flimsy and tacky where you want it to feel solid and posh. The incredibly bad driving position of the 206 was much improved upon with this car, however, with much more adjustment for taller drivers. All in all, it is far more spacious and comfortable, but there’s still not a massive amount of rear legroom compared to the 207’s newer and better-packaged contemporaries.
The 207 has never been keenly priced, especially considering it’s not exactly desirable when up against tidier products from VW and Ford, but now that the model run is coming to an end there might be some good deals to be done. Haggle hard for that 1.6-litre HDi diesel and make sure you get, at least, the ‘Active’ spec to throw aircon and Bluetooth into the bargain.
The 207 is almost universally a cheap car to run, with low insurance and tax brackets and those potentially remarkable fuel returns and incredibly low emissions. But with a new model likely to replace it soon, the threat of heavy depreciation is very real.