Design and Engineering

Design and Engineering

Good Launched here in February 2007, with the mid life facelift arriving earlier than expected in December 2009, the Peugeot 207 has an unmistakable Peugeot design with long slanting headlights and huge mouth-like lower grille; significantly larger than the model it replaced in 2007 (the 206 was shorter, lower & narrower); improved crash testing results thanks to advanced crash structure.
Not so good Less distinguishable design from the rear; as the safety rating increases, so does the weight, unfortunately.
Interior and Styling

Interior and Styling

Good We love the funky air vent design - and the grippy sports seats in the GTi.
Not so good Unusual driver’s pedal layout - takes some getting used to; glove box is on the small side; rear seat space is lacking if 4 adults decide to car pool...
Performance

Performance

Good The 1.6L petrol engine offers up enough 'go' (co-developed with BMW, by the way); GTi is definitely a quick Hot Hatch (straight line & around corners) – it’s a terrific little car for overtaking.
Not so good Entry level 1.4L petrol engine is underpowered for this size vehicle; at highway speeds the cabin noise is too loud for this price; GTi should sound better from the driver’s seat!
Ride and Handling

Ride and Handling

Good Safe & confident feel to the drive; GTi brakes offer plenty of bite.
Not so good Electrically-assisted power steering doesn’t offer enough road feedback; GTi isn’t as fun to drive as a number of competing Hot Hatches - blame the aforementioned non-communicative steering and a five-speed gearbox which just isn’t enjoyable enough when shifting through the gears.
Buying and Owning

Buying and Owning

Good 1.6L Turbo Diesel engine offers excellent fuel economy; GTi is competitively priced relative to other Hot Hatches.
Not so good Most 207 variants are priced too dearly when compared to other SUPERMINI's.