Design and Engineering

Design and Engineering

Good Arriving here in June 2007 the 207 CC is a good half size larger (thankfully) than the superseded 206 CC. Whilst that model suffered from poor rigidity (more style over substance), this one has the necessary structural stiffening to ensure its now better balanced in the looks versus brains department. The mid life facelift (on sale in Australia from December 2009) further improves the styling with a more modern bumper design, more chrome details and sexier tail-lights (thanks to LED technology).
Not so good Its HEAVY considering the size, with a kerb weight between 1400kg & 1500kg depending on grade = roughly 250kg (!?) more than the old 206 CC or the current competing MINI Cooper Convertible. However it should be noted that the 207 is almost a half size bigger than the MINI and it also features a fancy metal folding hard top roof over the MINI’s soft top. Luckily Peugeot has also added a ‘peppy’ turbocharged petrol grade to combat the bigger body.
Interior and Styling

Interior and Styling

Good The interior is also a big leap forward over the 206 CC. We like that the steering wheel is leather trimmed, features remote audio controls and adjusts for both rake and reach. The aluminium look centre console and drilled aluminium pedals add a sporty touch whilst the white instrument dials add a drop of class. The standard speed related audio volume control is only a little feature but sure comes in handy when driving roof down.
Not so good Storage space is only average; rear seats are still best kept for small children and the boot space is awkward with the roof down (making it difficult to retrieve luggage).
Performance

Performance

Good Two engines on offer – a naturally aspirated 1.6L four cylinder petrol engine that produces 88kW of power and 160Nm of torque (available as a five speed Manual or four speed Automatic) or the pick of the range, a turbo charged version (Manual only) which ups maximum power to 110kW and torque to 240Nm. The 1.6L turbo is quick enough on the open road and thanks to peak torque arriving very low in the rev range, also delivers lots of ‘oomph’ around town.
Not so good A look at the spec sheet spells out that the naturally aspirated 1.6L engine offers only adequate power and when combined with the old school four speed Automatic we wouldn't recommend trying to beat other driver’s off the lights (the 0 – 100km/h ‘sprint’ taking a leisurely 12.6 seconds). The 1.6L turbo is definitely much better, however we wished it was tuned to the same level as in the 207 hatchback GTi grade and the competing MINI Cooper S (in these vehicles the shared engine produces the same torque as the 207 CC 1.6L Turbo but 128kW of power).
Ride and Handling

Ride and Handling

Good Good to see that over most surfaces the 207 CC is free of the dreaded convertible shake and wobble evident in some other drop tops. The CC has a stable chassis, provides good levels of grip, a decent ride and the steering feels safe and secure.
Not so good The steering lacks the feel of an excellent sports car and the handling doesn’t come close to the levels of a Mazda MX-5 (however the little Mazda is a dedicated Roadster and much more of an enthusiast’s choice).
Buying and Owning

Buying and Owning

Good Ticks the safety box with standard Electronic Stability Control, Anti-lock brakes and four airbags; the lockable glovebox should come in handy and good to see that even the ‘entry-level’ model comes standard with cruise control and dual zone climate control air-conditioning. The 1.6L turbo adds extra goodies such as electronic rear parking assistance, electric folding mirrors, directional headlights and a size larger 17 inch alloys. Value for money is a strong point as the 1.6L turbo grade is almost $10k cheaper than the competing MINI Cooper S Convertible and the Pug features a fully automatically folding metal hard top roof over the MINI’s canvas soft top.
Not so good Automatic transmission is only available with the less powerful (however less expensive) engine; the USB port and Bluetooth option should be standard equipment.