Peugeot RCZ Review (2011)

Peugeot RCZ Review (2011)

Peugeot RCZ Review (2011)

Peugeot RCZ Review  | Part TwoPeugeot RCZ Road Test

Keep the revs up and the diesel engine is very eager to please, feeling quicker than the on-paper 0-62 mph time.

The Peugeot RCZ was launched in the UK in the spring of 2010 and is a 2+2 Coupe based on the 308 RCZ, first shown at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2007 and was first shown in the UK in 2009.

The RCZ model range is priced from £21,210 for the Sport THP 156 to £29,995 for the Asphalt THP 200.

We tested the Peugeot RCZ GT 2.0 HDi with a list price of £25,400.


The Peugeot RCZ is available with three engine options all turbocharged - one diesel and two petrol.

The 2.0 litre diesel engine produces 163 bhp / 340 Nm torque and is mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox.

The petrol line-up comprises of a 156 bhp / 240 NM and a 200 bhp / 275Nm, both 1.6 litre units. The 156 bhp engine can be specified with either a 6-speed manual or automatic gearbox, whilst the 200 bhp unit only comes with a 6-speed manual gearbox.

All models are front wheel drive, although there is scope for four-wheel drive in the future.

We drove the turbocharged diesel powered Peugeot RCZ GT with a 2.0 litre 163 bhp engine, which will accelerate from 0-62 mph 8.7 seconds and continue on to a top speed of 137 mph . The diesel RCZ GT CO2 emissions are rated at a resonable 139g/km.

Keep the revs up and the diesel engine is very eager to please, feeling quicker than the on-paper 0-62 mph time. The engine is relatively quiet for a diesel and the six-speed gearbox is a joy to use.

The official combined fuel consumption figure for the 2.0 litre 163 bhp engine is 53.2 mpg, urban 41.5 mpg and extra urban is quoted as 62.7 mpg. We averaged between 41 – 43 mpg over our mixed test route, we thought that was reasonable considering our driving style. When being more careful we could achieve around 52 mpg which considering the hilly terrain and the amount of traffic we thought was commendable.

Peugeot RCZ Review  | Part TwoPeugeot RCZ Road Test
Peugeot RCZ Road Test Data
Model ReviewedPeugeot RCZ GT 2.0 HDi
Body Type2-door Coupe
ColourNera Black
Performance (manufacturers data) 
0 - 62 mph7.5 Seconds
Top Speed 146 mph
Transmission6-Speed Manual
Fuel TypeDiesel
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
Urban41.5 mpg
Extra Urban62.7 mpg
Combined53.2 mpg
Insurance Group30
Euro NCAP Rating
Warranty3 Years / 60,000
Price (when tested on the 19/11/11)£25,400

The information contained within this Peugeot RCZ review may have changed since publication on the 19 November 2011. The actual model road tested may feature options and functionality specific to that model, which may not be available as on option or be fitted to other models in the range. Options may not be available on UK specification cars. You may wish to check with your local Peugeot dealer, before making a purchasing decision. E.&.O.E. You may NOT reproduce this car review in full or part, in any format without our written permission. © 2019