What's the used Peugeot 207 hatchback like?
Inexpensive used small cars are plentiful these days. The Peugeot 207 was one of the most popular small hatchbacks of its day, which means there are an awful lot of second-hand examples out there. And the great news for canny buyers is that the 207 can often be purchased for a lot less money than rivals such as the evergreen Ford Fiesta.
Despite the fact it went out of production in 2012, the 207 continues to be a popular used car choice, thanks to its stylish looks, economical engines and five-star Euro NCAP safety rating.
There’s a range of 1.4-litre and 1.6-litre petrol and diesel engines in various states of tune. The least powerful 68bhp petrol is a bit too lethargic for everyday driving, because the 207 is a fairly heavy car. If you go for the mid-range 90bhp petrol and diesel options, then you’ll get decent performance along with respectable fuel economy.
At town speeds, the light steering is great for tight manoeuvring and parking in awkward places. Plus, the 207 resists body lean well in corners and its suspension absorbs most bumps. True, the steering is very light and devoid of feel at low speed, but it soon weights up as the pace increases.
The 207’s predecessor, the 206, was often criticised for its poor driving position, and although the 207 is better in this regard, you might still find it a stretch to reach the steering wheel. It’s not all bad news, though, because space for those in the front is great, but leg room in the rear is quite tight; higher-spec models have moulded front seatbacks that free up a bit of extra room.
The 207’s boot is a good, usable size and, as you’d expect, the back seats fold forward to let you increase the load area. There is a bit of a lip to lift items over and the opening is narrower at the bottom, which can make loading larger flat-pack items tricky. But if you do that regularly, you’ll probably want to go for the 207 SW estate instead.
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