Peugeot RCZ Road Test (2011)

Peugeot RCZ (Interior View) (2011)
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We would probably add the Vision pack which adds directional bi-xenon headlamps for £680 and carefully consider the other options depending on the budget.

Equipment Levels

The Peugeot RCZ features two key trim levels: the entry-level Sport and GT

Key features for each trim level include:

Peugeot RCZ Sport (and on all models)

18" Alloy Wheel, Sports cloth front seats, Folding rear seat, Automatic dual zone air conditioning, Rear parking aid, Deadlocks, Selective unlocking of vehicle access points, Locking wheel bolts, Ultrasonic alarm and immobiliser, Driver and front passenger side airbags, Driver and passenger front airbags, Electronic Stability Programme and Traction Control (ESP and ASR), Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBFD), Emergency Brake Assist (EBA), Anti-Lock Brakes (ABS), Black roof panel.

The Peugeot RCZ GT adds

19" 'Sortilege' alloy wheels,  Leather upholstery,  Sports leather front seats, Electric & heated front seats,  Carpet mats,  Front parking aid,  Auto dipping (when reversing) door mirrors,  Automatic lights,  Automatic ‘Follow me home’ lighting,  Automatic windscreen wipers,  Automatic ‘Approach’ lighting

We drove the Peugeot RCZ GT and thought that the equipment level was good - there was not really anything we would want to add from the options list.

Satellite Navigation can be added for £1435 which comprises 7’’ 16/9 high-resolution display (800x480 pixels) with European cartography in 3D (relief, buildings and monuments of main European cities, etc) stored on its 40 GB hard disc; a Jukebox function for copying your favourite tracks to a 10 GB hard disc (up to 180 hours of music); Bluetooth hands free option or you can add your own SIM card to the GSM phone module. The system will handle MP3 DVD or CDS and supports a USB connector, an SD card reader, auxilliary RCA audio / video connectors to play audio MP3 and WMA files or to connect any type of digital audio mobile device.

The JBL Hi-fi system is a £420 option which adds a “JBL” 8-track 240 W digital Hi-fi amplifier (located in the boot in the right-hand wheel arch) which independently controls all of the speakers – which comprise 2 medium Hi-fi tweeters incorporated in the fascia panel, 2 Hi-fi woofers (diameter 165 mm) located in the front door panels and 2 coaxial elliptical 6x9 Hi-fi speakers in the rear panels.

There are a number of personalisation options available such as body decals and alloy wheels.

We would probably add the Vision pack which adds directional bi-xenon headlamps for £680 and carefully consider the other options depending on the budget.

Safety and Security

The Peugeot RCZ has not to date been tested under the Euro NCAP (European New Car Assessment Programme).

Standard safety equipment includes front airbags driver and passenger, and side airbags, ABS (anti-lock brake system), EBFD (Electronic Brake Force Distribution), EBA (Emergency Braking Assistance), ESP (Electronic Stability Programme) with ASR (Traction Control).

There are ISOFIX child seat fixing points in the two rear seats (a retractable flap conceals the third anchorage point behind the head restraints).

Infotainment

Our test car was fitted with the Peugeot Connect Sound MP3 CD audio system, which is standard on the RCZ and includes Bluetooth. It includes a USB connector, an aux 3.5 mm socket and hands-free Bluetooth phone connectivity, you can also stream music via Bluetooth, if your phone is compatible.

There are options for NG4 3D Satellite Navigation (£1435) and you can add the £410 JBL Hi-fi system which includes a “JBL” 8-track 240 W digital Hi-fi amplifier (located in the boot in the right-hand wheel arch) which independently controls all speakers – plus 2 medium Hi-fi tweeters incorporated in the fascia panel, 2 Hi-fi woofers (diameter 165 mm) located in the front door panels and 2 coaxial elliptical 6x9 Hi-fi speakers in the rear panels.

The system is fine although we would probably add the JBL system as it seems to make a difference on other Peugeot’s we have tested.

Rivals
  • Audi TT
  • Honda CR-Z
  • Renault Megane Sport
  • Volkswagen Scirocco
What We Liked
  • Exterior Styling
  • Leather front seats on the GT model
  • Cabin space
  • Diesel engine
What We Disliked
  • Rear seats – for occasional use only
What We Would Like To See
  • Xenon Headlights as standard
  • A stop/start button – keyless entry
  • A hardcore, four wheel drive version
Conclusion

We really liked the Peugeot RCZ; it was a lot fun and was a great blend of performance and economy combined with interesting styling.

The question that most potential purchasers will ask themselves is whether the RCZ is better than the Audi TT?

In our opinion the answer is No – the Audi offers a better all round package and is more credible in the Coupe stakes. This does not make the RCZ a poor car, far from it, several people pointed out that the RCZ is a far better looking car (which of course is very subjective). However, the RCZ is better priced and more exclusive.   It really is a case of test driving both to see which you prefer.

19 November 2011 Melanie Carter
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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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