Further to this is a choice of seven engines - four petrol and three diesels. The petrol range comprises a 1.4 8V, available with the Urban and S models, a 1.4 16V also for the S as well as the Sport and a 1.6 16V which is housed in either the Sport or SE. The latest edition is the result of collaboration between PSA Peugeot Citroen and the BMW Group - a 1.6 turbo-charged petrol unit, which will appear in the 207 GT 1.6 Turbo in November, this year.
Diesel options come as a 1.4HDi (Urban and S), a 1.6 HDi 90 (S, Sport and SE) and the same 1.6 HDi unit outputting 110bhp for the Sport SE and GT. It isn’t as confusing as it appears.
The test car was the 3-door 207 GT with the 1.9 HDi 110 engine, which produces between 240- and 260 Nm depending on the temporary over-boost. Now, you expect good fuel consumption from a diesel-powered car but the unit in the test car goes beyond ‘good’ with figures of 47.0mpg and 68.9mpg for the urban and extra-urban cycles respectively, making the combined 58.5mpg. This is by no means the most economical in the range as, according to the Peugeot information, the 1.6 HDi 90 and the 1.4 HDi 70 both offer the same figures of 48.7, 74.3 and 62.7mpg for the same cycles.
There is a drawback, however. It has to be said that the GT test car was best driven with the windows closed because the 1.9 HDi engine sounds like a small tractor. Even closing the windows does little to mitigate the noise. Personally, I don’t mind but I did find myself humming the Honda song, ‘Hate something - change something’.
As it is top of the range, the GT gets all the goodies picked from a list too long to itemise. It builds on the features of the other cars in the range and adds; electrochromatic rear-view mirror, static direction headlamps, ESP, tyre-pressure sensors, automatic lights and wipers, dual-zone air-con, 17-inch alloys, aluminium pedals and gear knob along with white instrument dials with red needles. These are just the highlights - there is more.
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