- Stylish aesthetics
- Spacious boot
- Great value for money
- Entry-level model sparsely equipped
- Vague manual gearbox
- Not the best reliability record
Good-looking supermini with low running costs
Between 2006 and 2012, the Peugeot 207 was the French manufacturer’s entry into the supermini market. Available with three, or five doors, the 207 was one of the best-selling new cars in its day. The main selling point for most buyers is the 207’s sporty aesthetics, but it is also a fun car to drive, and a cheap car to run, if you choose the right model. Compared with more modern rivals, it’s not the most spacious car, but there’s more than enough boot space for most buyers needs. Today, the 207 is a great used car purchase, and if you’re looking for a stylish supermini at an affordable price, the 207 might just be the car for you.
In 2009 the 207 underwent a facelift, featuring classier aesthetics, and more modern engine technology.
Simple clean design, with a good sized boot
Compared to the superminis that are being produced today, the 207’s interior feels a little bit dated. Nevertheless, it’s simple, ergonomic design will be attractive to a lot of buyers, whilst the large boot space improves practicality.
Step inside the 207 and it won’t take you too long to become accustomed to the controls. Peugeot have kept things nice and simple, with logically placed, well-damped buttons and dials, and solid, hardwearing plastics. It’s not the most contemporary design, but it’s still light and airy. Soft-touch materials don’t feature heavily in the 207, so it’s not the plushest of cabins, but it certainly feels built to last, and the chrome trimmed dials adds a little French pizzazz.
Storage space is important for a lot of buyers, and thankfully the Peugeot 207 is impressive in this department. The 270 litre boot capacity is good for the supermini class, with enough room for a family shop, or even a foldable buggy. The rear seats fold down for even greater capacity, though there is a lip that might make heavy items difficult to get in and out.
Equipment levels in the 207 depend on which model you choose to go for, but you’re unlikely to feel short-changed. The entry-level Urban trim doesn’t come with much, though you’ll still get electric front windows, power steering, and a CD player. S trim offered the best bang for your buck, with air-conditioning, electric door mirrors, and body-coloured door handles, all of which are welcome additions.
All in all the inside of the 207 is a pretty solid package. It’s clean, ergonomic design, simple controls, sizeable boot, and decent kit, all add together to make an impressive supermini cabin.
Comfortable, composed, and responsive
Behind the wheel the Peugeot 207 is an exceptionally easy car to drive. There’s plenty of grip through the corners, whilst the steering is light enough around town, and responsive when at speed. Body roll is also kept in check, so you can wind your way through country roads without making your passengers feel ill. It’s not exactly fun out on the open road, but it certainly feels safe and secure.
Suspension and Chassis
The 207 is also a comfortable car, for both you and your passengers. The chassis and suspension cope well with broken up British roads, whilst city centre speed bumps won't jolt through into the cabin. At motorway speeds the 207 isn’t quite as composed, with wind and road noise being quite apparent if you’re on a longer drive.
Gearbox options in the 207 come in two guises. The standard across the range is a five-speed manual transmission that isn’t especially impressive, due to its vague and imprecise gearchange. The clutch is nicely weighted however, so you won’t get sore calves if you’re sat in slow moving traffic. An automatic gearbox was also available with the 1.6 litre petrol model, though you’ll have to look hard for a used example.
Two petrols, and two super-efficient diesels
When it comes to deciding how you want to power your 207, you’ve got the usual two options: petrol, or diesel. There are two of each on offer, but the diesels make the most sense if you want day-to-day value for money.
If it’s power that you want from your 207, the best engine on offer in the range is the petrol-powered 1.6 litre GTI THP. Peugeot is famous for its hot hatches, and the 207 version is one of the very best. With 175bhp on offer, this 207 can accelerate from 0-62mph in just 6.9 seconds. That’s seriously quick in a car as compact as the 207, and will put a smile on the faces of all serious petrolheads.
Eco-friendly buyers will be delighted with the engines in the 207 range. Even though the 207 has been out of production for a while now, there are still some models that have sub-100g/km of CO2 emissions. The diesel-powered 1.6 HDi Oxygo model produces just 98g/km, which is better than a lot of new cars, whilst it’ll also cost you absolutely nothing to tax each year. This model is also the best one for money-savers, as it boasts an impressive fuel economy of 74mpg. If you can find a 207 in this guise, you can save yourself some serious money.
All of the engines in the 207 range are pretty impressive, though the petrols are thirstier on fuel, and will cost more in road tax each year. For this reason alone, it’s worth searching for a diesel model.
Impressive NCAP results, and decent standard safety kit
When the Peugeot 207 was tested by NCAP in 2006, it was one of the safest cars in its class. With a five-star result in adult safety, a four-star result in child safety, and a three-star result in pedestrian safety, the 207 will keep you and your family safe from harm. It’s worth considering that the tests ten years ago weren’t as stringent as they are today, but it’s good to know that the 207 was one of the best. The 207 also comes with six airbags as standard, though stability control was an optional extra on all but the most expensive models.
Low running costs and cheap insurance make the 207 a used car bargain
The Peugeot 207 represents excellent value for money for buyers. This obviously varies from model to model, but generally speaking fuel efficiency is impressive across the range, whilst CO2 emissions are low, especially if you go for the Oxygo model. The super-quick GTi is understandably worse for the wallet, but it’s still reasonably cheap to run when you consider its performance capabilities.
Insurance groups for the 207 again depend on which model you choose to go for. The range starts in group 5 for the entry-level 1.4 HDi Urban, and climb up towards group 28 if you’re tempted by the thrills of the 1.6 16V GTi THP (175). Whichever 207 you plump for, it won’t cost you any more to insure than an equivalent rival.
Depreciation was a large factor with the Peugeot 207, but that only makes the 207 even better value for money today. With first year depreciation as high as 40%, you’re better off opting for an inspected used equivalent.
The Peugeot 207 is a great car to consider for buyers seeking a good-looking, well-built, and cheap to run supermini. Depreciation might have been a problem if you bought a 207 from new, but today it makes used examples excellent value for money. And with high fuel efficiency and low insurance costs, you’ll certainly be getting plenty of bang for your buck.
Buying a used Peugeot 207 online with Carspring
If you’re after a used Peugeot 207 for sale, it can all feel like a bit of an ordeal. What, with long days spent around gigantic car supermarkets, or time spent trawling through classified websites, looking for that ideal used 207. Carspring makes it simple. Buy your next used Peugeot online with the touch of a button. Simply decide on the model you want and choose how you want to pay.
Looking to finance your used Peugeot? Not a problem, we work with our carefully selected finance partners to ensure that, if you’re paying monthly for your used Peugeot 207, you know you’re getting the best rates. What’s more, with any Carspring used 207, you also get our 14-day money-back guarantee and 6 months’ free Carspring Warranty. Plus, you don’t have to leave your home. We’ll deliver your used Peugeot to you at a time and place of your choice.
*This is an approximate figure based on the range of the car’s list price and the AA’s average 1st-year depreciation cost of 40%.