Manufactured between 2006 and 2012, the 207 didn't have a very long production run, but it was a successful one. Today it remains a popular used choice for UK drivers due to its affordability, its compact size and nimble handling.
Small yet practical, its strengths lie in the fact that it is so economical. While this makes it primarily popular with young and first time drivers, it attracts drivers of all ages due to its good handling and chic style.
The Peugeot 207 range is economical and nimble.
The Peugeot 207 was first launched in 2006 as a replacement for the 206, and looked to significantly improve a car that was a top seller but failed to unanimously impress the critics. With a design that followed a more conventional path than its predecessor, the 207 is not necessarily a car which stands out in a crowd. Instead it is a frugal, nifty runaround, which impresses without always leaving a lasting impression.
One of the biggest improvements the 207 made on the 206 was on the quality of the build. The interior isn't as kitted out with equipment as some of its rivals, but the features it does include are finished to a high standard. Size might be an issue if you're looking for ample luggage space and room for four sizeable travellers, but as a simple A to B car it is more than adequate.
Being on the mini side of the supermini class, performance options don't extend particularly far into the upper ends unless you opt for the GTi option. There are competent 1.4 and 1.6 litre petrol options, while the diesel offers the best mix of performance and economy. All options may be better suited to city driving than out on the motorway, but it remains refined and silent while at high speeds.
What the small engines and limited equipment does means however, is that the 207 is very fuel efficient. The 1.6 litre HDi diesel reportedly can return a class beating 80 miles per gallon, while the 1.4 VTi petrol returns a more conservative 35 to 40 mpg. Unfortunately they don't offer very low CO2 emissions, but they are minimal enough to place it into some of the cheapest road tax bands.
Responsive and smooth steering adds to the improvements of the 207 from the 206. With good grip and smooth suspension, the 207 handles well and offers an impressive ride. Again, it doesn't compete with the leaders in its class, but it is nimble and comfortable enough to give it a lively drive.
While there are no new 207s being manufactured, there are still plenty on the road, which means that you should have a reasonable amount of choice when it comes to buying. While their initial price might not always place them at the very lowest end of the supermini scale, they are certainly one of the most affordable to own and run.
From its launch in 2006 to its discontinuation in 2012, the 207 has been one of the most popular superminis on the road.
Here's a brief overview of the Peugeot 207's six year history, starting in 2006.
- The first Peugeot 207 was launched in 2006 and was the successor to the 206. Initially it was offered coming with three petrol engines, in either three door or five door models.
- A limited range of the 207 RCup, a sportier model 207 was launched at the 2006 Geneva Motor Show, and featured a 2.0 litre petrol engine.
- A cabriolet version of the 207 was released in 2007 to much acclaim, and contributed to the car's success that year.
- In 2007 the 207 was sixth best selling car in the UK, a position it remained in during the following two years, before dropping to seventh in 2010.
- The 207 was given a facelift in 2009 which brought it up to date with the redesigned 307. This largely included a redesign of the grille.
- In 2012 the 207 was replaced by the Peugeot 208.
Now having stopped production, there is just one generation of 207 on offer. That doesn't mean that there's no choice though. Here are the key models and features of the existing 207s.
Peugeot 207 S
Power assisted steering, radio/CD player, electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors, air conditioning, ISOFIX anchorage point, front electric windows, ABS with EBD, driver, passenger and front side airbags.
Peugeot 207 Sport
16" alloy wheels, cruise control, power assisted steering, radio/CD player, climate control with digital air conditioning, ISOFIX anchorage points, front electric windows, ABS with EBD, driver, passenger and front side airbags.
Peugeot 207 Verve
Power assisted steering, radio/CD player with MP3 capabilities, electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors, air conditioning, ISOFIX anchorage points, heated rear screen, driver, passenger and front side airbags, 15" alloy wheels.
Peugeot 207 Envy
Power assisted steering, radio/CD player, rain-sensing wipers, electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors, climate control, ISOFIX anchorage points, ABS with EBD, driver, passenger and front side airbags, 15" alloy wheels.
Peugeot 207 Allure
Power assisted steering, radio/CD player with MP3 capabilities, Bluetooth hands-free system, digital air conditioning, ISOFIX anchorage points, ABS with EBD, alloy wheels, rear parking sensor.
Peugeot 207 Active
Power assisted steering, Bluetooth hands-free system, radio/CD player with MP3 player, electrically heated door mirrors, air conditioning, ISOFIX anchorage point, front electric windows, ABS with EBD, driver, passenger and front side airbags, 15" alloy wheels.