Peugeot RCZ Review (2011)

Peugeot RCZ (Rear Side View) (2011)

Peugeot RCZ Review

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There is plenty of space in the front and the headroom has been aided by the twin-dome roof – so you should be ok unless exceptionally tall.

Ride and Handling

Peugeot have worked hard on the RCZ and even on the most demanding of ‘B’ roads the RCZ feels composed and there is plenty of front end grip. Over poor surfaces the ride can feel a bit jittery but otherwise it is fairly good. More enthusiastic drivers may feel it lacking ‘the edge’ but we are sure that the majority would be more than happy.

Body roll is minimal and we were not too sure that the active rear spoiler makes much difference to the car.  But according to Peugeot the adjustable active rear spoiler contributes to the aerodynamic efficiency: it deploys in two positions, according to the speed of the car, to ensure an ideal balance between fuel consumption and road holding. The first position (19°) opens at more than 53mph and folds back below 34mph, while the second position (34°) is activated at speeds in excess of 96mph returning to position 1 at 90mph. Drivers can choose to activate the rear spoiler manually to position 2 by pressing a button on the centre console.

Ease of Use

Getting in and out is relatively easy as the doors open wide at nearly 90 degrees. There is a swooping roof line to contend with and the front sills are fairly high as you step down, we thought most people would find access easy.

There is plenty of space in the front and the headroom has been aided by the twin-dome roof – so you should be ok unless exceptionally tall.

Rear passengers may not agree as it is fairly difficult to get into the back and is best suited to sub-teenagers who won’t complain about rear headroom.

The driving position is good and the steering wheel is adjustable for height and reach. The leather heated driver’s and front passenger seats are electrically adjustable so getting into the ideal driving position should be fairly easy for all. There are two memory slots for the driver’s seat which is linked to the side mirrors, which are a little on the small size. We found the front seats very supportive and kept us in place.

The dashboard ergonomics are typically French in design, which means although functional, are a little fussy with lots of buttons and controls. The instrument panel is very easy to read both the speedometer and rev counter are clear. We would have liked to have seen a stop/start button which would seem more fitting in the RCZ than the 508 SW that we drove the previous week.

All round vision is very good and parking the RCZ is a straight forward affair as our test car was equipped with front and rear audio parking sensors.

The Peugeot RCZ has a foot print of (l) 4290mm x (w) 1845mm x (h) 1352 mm. Its nearest competitor the Audi TT Coupe is (l) 4187mm x (w) 1842mm x (h) 1353mm. Measurements do not allow for side mirrors.

The Peugeot RCZ boot capacity is 309 (dm3 VDA) litres (compared to 292 litres for the Audi TT), with the backrests of the rear seats folded down you can accommodate 760 (dm3 VDA) litres of cargo compared to 700 litres with the Audi TT.  You do not get a spare wheel but you do get a can of tyre weld and a compressor to re-inflate your tyre.

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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

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