The Peugeot RCZ certainly looks the part, plus it has a classy cabin and some fine engines.
It's disappointing to drive, the rear seats are next to useless, and it doesn't hold its value as well as key rivals.
On the road
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
The 2.0-litre diesel will no doubt appeal to pragmatists, and the 197bhp 1.6-litre turbo to hot hatch fans, but the 154bhp version of this petrol engine is the pick of the range. It still delivers lively performance when you rev it hard, and there's enough mid-range torque to make your life easy the rest of the time.
Ride & Handling
The RCZ struggles to settle on typical British back roads, and it tends to crash over bumps in town, although its stiff suspension does keep body roll to a minimum in bends. Not that this makes it particularly fun. The steering is inconsistent in its weighting and response, so the RCZ falls well short of the dynamic standards set by the Audi TT.
The standard gearbox could be a little more precise, but GT-spec cars get a shorter throw, which makes gearchanges more satisfying. The RCZ is also pretty good at shutting out wind and road noise. However, the petrol engines are far from quiet, and you'll have to decide for yourself whether the exhaust note is addictive or just loud.