Thankfully, Peugeot hasn't changed too much about the Peugeot 207 CC
Most soft-top cars suffer from so-called scuttle-shake - a vibration seen as the rear-view mirror and windscreen shake, generally on uneven surfaces. The Peugeot 207 CC used to suffer from this but somewhere along the way the problem has been solved and although this latest version did tremble a little, the rigidity of the body and rear torsion beam makes it almost unnoticeable.
Overall, the Peugeot 207 CC is very stable thanks to its wide stance and suspension set-up. The handling is predictable so there are no nasty surprises when driving enthusiastically. All Peugeot 207 CCs have ABS with EBFD and Emergency Brake Assist and the GT versions gain ESP, which is available as an option on the Sport models. Furthermore, in the THP 150 and HDi 110 engined versions, ESP includes SSE or Steering Stability Program. This is a system that applies torque to the steering when braking on surfaces with uneven grip on one side, in order to maintain stability.
There are four engines available for the Peugeot 207 CC: three petrol and one diesel. All have a capacity of 1.6-litres. The petrol units are a Euro 5 standard VTi 120, a Euro4 version of the same engine mated to a four-speed automatic 'box and a THP 150 and the remaining diesel is an HDi 110. The THP150 was in the test car and offering the highest top speed and quickest sprint times of the range at 129mph and 8.6 seconds, respectively.
This 16-valve unit produces 150bhp or 152PS at 5,800rpm and 244Nm (180lb ft) of torque at just 1,400rpm. The latter is very diesel-like and indicates that the acceleration is as swift as the statistics suggest. Unfortunately, with emissions of 171g/km it is not the cleanest of the Peugeot 207 CC bunch nor is it the most frugal with economy figures of 29.4mpg for the urban cycle, 48.7mpg for the extra-urban and 39.2mpg for the combined. These figures are with the 5-speed manual gearbox, as the automatic isn't an option with this engine.
Prices for the Peugeot 207 CC Sport start at £16,695 and rise to £17,995 while the GT version have prices ranging between £18,145 and £19,245 and while both are well equipped, the GT has a few extras over the Sport specification; these include electrochromic rear-view mirror, electric folding door mirrors, rear parking aid, directional headlamps and aluminium pedals amongst other things.
Thankfully, Peugeot hasn't changed too much about the Peugeot 207 CC - just enough to bring it bang up to date and ensure that its popularity will continue.20 August 2009
Peugeot 207 CC Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Peugeot 207 CC GT|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||8.6 seconds|
|Top Speed||129 mph|
|Fuel Type||Unleaded Petrol|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||48.7 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||5 Star|
|Warranty||3 years / 60000 miles|
|Price (when tested on the 20/08/09)||£19,045|