207 CC GT THP 150
Coupe Cabriolet is smarter to
look at, stylish, relatively well
equipped and it has a great engine.
Ideal for taking the sunshine
at any time of year...
207 CC is Europe's best selling coupe cabriolet and since its introduction
in March 2007, over 120,000 have been produced and over 15,300 have already
been sold in the UK. With the introduction of the new Peugeot 207 CC, Peugeot
has built on all the strengths of the current model and also included a number
of exterior and interior styling changes. These changes give the car even greater
visual appeal as well as improving the comfort levels for the occupants.
The new 207 CC is available in two trim levels Sport and GT depending
on which engine option is chosen, and it offers a competitively-priced entry
level model in the £16,695 Sport 1.6 VTi 120. Also, with this 1.6-litre petrol
unit, there is the option (£1,000) of an automatic transmission.
Pick of the range is the 1.6-litre THP, high pressure turbocharged petrol unit
which has 150bhp of power but, more importantly, 180lb ft torque delivered from
only 1,400rpm. This is outstanding for a petrol engine of this size and unless
you are a really high mileage driver it does away with the need for a diesel
engine. However, if an oil-burner is your choice then the 207 CC range includes
a 1.6 HDi 110bhp power unit.
front of the latest 207 CC now sports a 'softer' one-piece design with a redesigned
front grille. There is also greater use of body colour coding and the introduction
of circular fog lights located at the edges of the lower front panel that visually
help widen the look of the car at the front and give the 207 CC a new personality.
In addition, the front grille now benefits from chrome detailing, as do the
fog lights and surrounds.
At the tail, the car benefits from new hi-tech rear lights incorporating LED
technology something of a rarity in this market segment. Adding a further
touch of distinction, the lower rear bumper panel is now painted in body colour
on all GT versions and Sport versions equipped with rear parking sensors.
the side, the new 207 CC shows a more distinctive profile enhanced by new style
alloy wheels: five-spoke 16-inch Canberra alloys on the Sport version; and two-tone,
eight-spoke 17-inch Melbourne wheels on the GT.
Sport versions, the standard black side rubbing strips can be replaced by body
coloured rubbing strips with chrome detailing as part of the optional Exclusive
can choose from a range of eight exterior body colours and four different interior
trims, two cloth trims (Xavier black cloth and Salsa grey/black cloth) and two
leather options (black and Oran pale grey). An integral leather option is also
available on the GT version and this includes a leather-trimmed fascia panel,
steering wheel, seats and door panels.
should be aware that the Sport versions are 'sporty' in name only the
term is used to define the specification which is generally good and includes
air conditioning and electrically-operated windows and heated door mirrors but
doesn't include electronic stability control. Due to a change in European legislation
for car safety requirements, this lack of ESP will soon be a thing of the past.
Needless to say the best and hottest engine in the range, the
1.6-litre THP 150, is not available with Sport specification but only in GT
star of this car is
its power unit. The 1.6-
litre turbocharged petrol
engine is one of the best
smaller units on the
The 150bhp GT 1.6 THP reviewed here costs £19,045 (plus options) a big
price for a relatively small 2+2 car. But for those retail customers who want
style, performance and the joy of a brilliantly responsive and fairly fuel-frugal
engine, this is the one to go for; especially with the Scrappage Scheme's £2,000
allowance in operation and low cost finance from Peugeot (currently no deposit
The GT specification is comprehensive and gains over the Sport level with electric
folding door mirrors, ESP, rear parking sensors (a must because of the high
boot lid), directional headlights, dual-zone climate control, alarm, aluminium
pedals and leather-bound steering wheel.
However, as a customer I would object to paying an extra £160 for the wind deflector
which for a car of this price should be standard. Leather trim and heated seats
will add a further £1,600 to the price; metallic paint £400; and a factory-fit
navigation system yet another £690.
Apart from the added cost of must-have options, there are other issues that
need to be aired. Because the doors are very wide to allow reasonable access
to the small rear seats, the width of them causes problems in the shrinking
spaces now found in most car parks. In fact, I just couldn't open them wide
enough for comfort on getting in or out of the car.
With the roof folded down the bodyshell suffers from high levels of body-shake
and the larger wheels do not help this situation. Have the roof up and locked
in position, however, and the shakes go away. Generally, ride comfort and handling
are good on smooth roads although over poorer road surfaces the ride is harsh.
The star of this car is its power unit. The 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine
is one of the best smaller units on the market today. The high pressure turbocharger
means that 150bhp of power is on tap for out-and-out performance: top speed
is 129mph with 0-62mph taking just 8.6 seconds which is very good considering
the extra weight this topless 207 carries due to the strengthening in its bodyshell.
But it is the 180lb ft of torque or 'grunt' from just 1,400rpm
that really impresses. This gives better than small diesel engine flexibility
at low speeds and the response is brilliant but not at the expense of
fuel economy. The official combined cycle fuel consumption is 39.2mpg, bang-on
what I achieved with my test car. Perhaps with a close ratio six-speed gearbox
instead of the broad ratio five-speed unit, cruising fuel consumption might
be even better and CO2 emissions lower.
In its latest form, the 207 CC is certainly smarter to look at and generally
improved. It's not perfect: it's pricey, there's body shake with the roof down
and rear seat legroom is very limited. But it is two cars in one open
top cabriolet and metal-roofed coupe. It's also stylish, relatively well equipped
and relatively user-friendly for a small folding metal roof drop-top. And it
has a great engine. David Miles
Peugeot 207 CC GT THP 150 | £19,045
Maximum speed: 129mph | 0-62mph: 8.6 seconds | Overall test MPG: 39.2mpg
Power: 150bhp | Torque: 180lb ft | CO2 171g/km | Insurance group 12E