Peugeot 207 SW 1.6 road test report


The 207 SW looks like a baby 407 SW but still manages to be spacious enough to be classed as a family car. The cabin is high quality and Peugeot's usual range of petrol and diesel engines are on offer. The diesels are disappointing when compared to the petrols. The drive is good but the 207 SW is rather expensive.

Road Test Reports Says3.5 star rating
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Performance Performance - 3 stars

The engines on offer are the 95bhp 1.4-litre petrol, the 120bhp 1.6-litre petrol plus the 90bhp/110bhp 1.6-litre HDi diesel. The 1.4-litre petrol is a capable engine but the 1.6 petrol or diesel is recommended if heavy loads are carried regularly. The 207 SW drives more like a car than a compact MPV with good steering plus being well balanced and dextrous.

Ride & Handling Ride & Handling - 3 stars

The riding position is good and the steering accurate. Visibility is excellent thanks to the absence of large windscreen pillars. The ride is firmer on the diesels when compared to the far more supple petrols. Variable valve timing and variable lift for the inlet valves provides flexibility and the 207 SW is responsive.

Build Quality & Reliability Build Quality & Reliability - 4 stars

The cabin of the 207 SW is smart and well-assembled and far better quality than the Peugeot 206. Peugeot's reliability record is steadily improving and the 207 SW should help to improve this further. Everything appears to be well put together and robust.

Safety & Security Safety & Security - 4 stars

Six airbags are fitted; stability control costs extra. Security provision is good.

Space & Practicality Space & Practicality - 4 stars

The 207 SW has a pleasantly spacious feel but the rear seats can feel slightly cramped for adult passengers. The boot can hold up to 1,433 litres when the rear seats are folded flat. The rear screen that opens separately is a nifty addition. The storage solutions are practical without being innovative but there are always options to provide passengers and luggage with more than adequate space.

Ownership & Value Ownership & Value - 3 stars

The 207 SW may appear to be expensive but running costs should be low. CO2 emission levels are medium, ranging from 136g/km for the 1.6 HDi up to 153g/km for the 1.4-litre petrol. Fuel economy on both the petrol and diesel variants is very good.

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