Peugeot 207 CC convertible (2007 – ) expert review

By Stuart Milne, 23rd May 2008

The verdict

The Peugeot 207 CC’s good looks give instant appeal. Roof up or roof down, the 207 CC makes for a very attractive proposition.

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Expert rating:

3.8

Pros

  • Great looks
  • Good value for money
  • Sporty interior

Cons

  • Fiddly controls
  • Some body flex with roof down
  • Heavily restricted rear seats

Full Review

1. Exterior

The Peugeot 207 CC isn’t as pretty as the 206 CC, but it’s far from ugly. From the tip of the front bumper, back to the windscreen pillars, you’d be hard pressed to tell the CC from the hatchback, or SW estate; but the rest of the bodywork is bespoke to the roofless version. The phrase coupe-cabriolet suits the 207 CC more than most of its rivals, with a rakish, sleek appearance with the roof up, and a low-slung look with it down.
Our rating: 4

2. Interior

Like the exterior, the cabin is well designed and easily identified as a Peugeot. There’s a sporty feel about the dash that few other hatchbacks – hot hatches aside – can match, with chrome bits on most models. The controls are well laid out, although the radio has fiddly buttons which are difficult to see, particularly at night. The steering wheel-mounted controls for the audio system and cruise control are hidden behind the steering wheel.
Our rating: 4

3. Practicality

Although the Peugeot 207 CC is officially a four-seater, the reality is the back seats are useless for all but kids in a child seat or luggage, as there is virtually no legroom. The boot is a good size – 350 litres – but fold the roof and only a small 204-litre space remains. And there’s just a small opening with which to gain access when in cabriolet mode. But if the car will only carry one or two occupants, it begins to make more sense. There’s all the space you get in the standard 207 hatchback and plenty of storage spaces.
Our rating: 3

4. Ride and handling

Despite its sporty appearance, the Peugeot 207 CC is not a sports car. There’s a bit of body flex when the roof is down, so the car feels more suited to a brisk cruise, rather than a country lane thrash. But the car feels much more composed when the roof is in place and makes a real difference to the amount of confidence it inspires when turning corners at speed. The 207 CC has fairly firm suspension though, which means it can corner flatly and feels stable.
Our rating: 3

5. Performance

Peugeot offers three 1.6-litre engines with the 207 CC, one diesel and two petrols. The 120bhp petrol unit is lifted from the 207 GT hatchback and provides a 10.7 second 0-62mph dash, with a top speed of 124mph. Those seeking outright performance should consider the 150bhp unit, from the 207 GTi. This engine propels the CC to 62mph in just 8.7 seconds before reaching 129mph. We tested the 110bhp diesel engine, which covers 0-62mph in 10.9 seconds and on to a top speed of 120mph. However the engine feels short of breath either side of its narrow power band.
Our rating: 4

6. Running costs

Starting at just over £15,000, the Peugeot 207 CC is good value, and solid demand for used examples keeps depreciation in check – it should retain around 50 per cent of its value over three years and 36,000 miles. Insurance group 8 for the low-power petrol and diesel is slightly higher than average for this type of vehicle, and the 150bhp attracts a group 12 rating. Emissions for the diesel and both low- and high-power petrols are 136, 155 and 172g/km respectively. The diesel’s fuel economy is good, with an average figure of 54.3mpg, while the petrols are slightly less frugal at 43.5 and 39.2mpg.
Our rating: 4

7. Reliability

The Peugeot 207 CC seems well built. Although its predecessor suffered from patchy build quality, newer Peugeots generally feel more solid.
Our rating: 3

8. Safety

Few worries here. The Peugeot 207 CC scored a maximum five star rating in the EuroNCAP crash test programme. Both trim levels – Sport and GT – come with ABS, electronic brakeforce distribution and brake assist, pop-up rollover hoops behind the rear seats and driver, passenger, side and driver’s knee airbags as standard. The GT model adds an electronic stability programme.
Our rating:5

9. Equipment

The entry-level Sport trim features 16-inch alloys, front sports seats, air-con, electrically-operated and heated mirrors and driver and passenger seat height adjustment. The GT model adds an automatically-dimming rear view mirror, folding door mirrors, rear park sensors, dual-zone climate control, tinted rear window and 17-inch alloys. Sadly a wind deflector isn’t standard on either model – and is much needed.
Our rating: 4

10. Why buy?

It’s the successor to the smash hit 206 CC, and improved in virtually every way.
Our rating: 4

Expert review 3.8stars

  • Exterior4
  • Interior4
  • Practicality3
  • Ride and handling3
  • Performance4
  • Running costs4
  • Reliability3
  • Safety5
  • Equipment4
  • Why buy?4

Our recommendations

Best on a budget:
207 CC 1.6 VTi Sport
Entry model gets alloys and air-con.
Best-seller:
207 CC 1.6 VTi GT
The popular CC’s features include climate and 17” alloys.
Blow the budget:
207 CC 1.6 THP GT
Enthusiast’s choice features GTi powerplant.

The phrase coupe-cabriolet suits the 207 CC more than most of its rivals, with a rakish, sleek appearance with the roof up, and a low-slung look with it down