25 April 2014
The Peugeot 207 CC is a very good looking car and that alone will be enough for it to hold its value well in sun-lovin’ Britain. The added attraction of a folding metal roof guarantees the 207 CC has healthy used prices, so this is a drop-top to own, enjoy and not worry about the pennies in.
There’s a choice of two petrol 1.6-litre engines and a single 1.6-litre turbodiesel in the 207 CC. The less powerful petrol engine has 120bhp to play with and it’s sufficient for most needs, if not particularly full of beans. The turbocharged 1.6 has 150bhp at its disposal and is much perkier, dashing off 0-62mph in 8.6 seconds to the less powerful version’s 10.7 seconds. It’s also the more able when it comes to overtaking thanks to a sizeable extra portion of mid-range grunt. This is the same 180lb ft of shove that the 1.6 turbodiesel offers, so both make short work of passing slower traffic. The diesel is the slowest of the 207 CC bunch off the mark, taking 10.9 seconds from a standstill to 62mph, but it feels quicker and more flexible through its five-speed manual gearbox than the less powerful petrol model.
Peugeot has worked hard to make the 207 CC as good to drive with the roof down as it is with it raised. Drop the roof at the touch of an electric button and the CC remains impressively rigid in its structure. Over rough roads, there is some tell-tale shimmy from the body and around the windscreen, but it’s much less pronounced in the 207 than in many of its rivals. The handling is as nimble, agile and sure-footed as in the 207 hatch, although it does miss something of the Mini’s verve for corners. Roof up, the 207 CC is refined and makes a fine all-year supermini with the added attraction of the open-top motoring when the sun shines. Fold the roof away and the cabin is not heavily ruffled by wind, even at motorway speeds unless you’re travelling in the rear seats.
Question marks over the 207 CC’s electrically folding roof seem to have been answered over time as unfounded. Where its predecessor, the 206 CC, was prone to problems with the roof mechanism, the 207 appears to have put these woes behind it. The interior is a happy blend of materials and plastics, with plenty of soft-touch finishes adding a high end image. The mechanical components are proven items and the engines are shared with the Mini and some Citroen models, so they are well rounded performers.
Despite the folding metal roof, the 207 CC manages to fit in five airbags as standard, with twin front, side and a driver’s knee ’bag all part of the price. The hazard warning lights flash in an emergency braking situation, though they can be triggered simply by enthusiastic driving and that can be off-putting for any car following. Pop-up roll bars appear from behind the rear passenger headrests in the event of the car sensing an impeding roll-over or crash. Anti-lock brakes are standard, but only the sportier GT models have ESP included - it’s an option for the Sport versions. Deadlocks and immobiliser take care of security on all, but only the GT versions have a standard alarm, while Sport customers have to pay extra for this device. The folding metal roof makes the 207 CC a better bet than a fabric-roofed convertible for anyone who parks on the street overnight.
The driver has the best seat in the house with the 207 CC thanks to a comfy chair with plenty of adjustment and a steering wheel that move for height and reach. There’s also good all-round vision in the 207 CC whether the roof is raised or folded. Only the high rear boot hump makes parking a little tricky. The dash is the same as in the 207 hatch, so it’s simple, clear and logical. In the back seats, space is at a premium for adults’ knees and, with the roof up, head room is also tight, so this is a place best kept for short hops or the kids. Roof up, the boot of the 207 CC is a useful size, but it becomes very restricted and awkward to access when the roof is lowered as the roof sections occupy most of the load space.
The Peugeot 207 CC is a very good looking car and that alone will be enough for it to hold its value well in sun-lovin’ Britain. The added attraction of a folding metal roof guarantees the 207 CC has healthy used prices, so this is a drop-top to own, enjoy and not worry about the pennies in. Most models are very reasonable to insure and even the 150bhp GT sits in an affordable group 12. Fuel economy is best in the diesel – no surprises there – and it manages 56.4mpg, so you can drive all day in the sunshine without worrying about filling up. The petrols manage 43.5 and 39.2mpg for the 120- and 150bhp engines respectively. Carbon dioxide emissions of 130g/km for the diesel, 150g/km for the 120bhp petrol engine and 171g/km for the more potent petrol all compare well with rival convertibles. All 207 CCs come with alloy wheels, air conditioning for when the sun is just too hot, electric windows, an electrically operated roof and a CD stereo. The GT also gains cruise control, rear parking sensors and ESP traction control.
Submitted: 10/12/2009 14:06:18
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