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Peugeot 207 CC convertible (2007 – ) expert review

By James Richardson, 24th April 2014

The verdict

The Peugeot 207 CC has the sharp styling and folding hard-top that’ll appeal to many convertible buyers. However, it’s getting on a bit now, and this shows in a number of areas; performance, ride comfort, interior quality and practicality, to name just a few.

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Expert rating:

2.7

Pros

  • Good looking
  • Reasonable value for money
  • Wind-in-your-hair experience

Cons

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

Full Review

1. Exterior

The 207 CC will certainly appeal to style-conscious buyers who want to occasionally feel the wind in their hair. It retains the sharply styled front end of the now-defunct 207 supermini and, with the roof down, the lines are pretty sleek. With the roof up, however, some will find the rear of the car a bit clumsy and bulbous, but this bulky design necessary to accommodate the roof and its mechanism.
Our rating: 3

2. Interior

While the cabin is simple, uncluttered and easy to use, it is starting to look outdated compared with more modern rivals. Cars such as the Mini Convertible, Fiat 500C and Citroen DS3 Cabrio all have far more contemporary and colourful cabins, with their own innate sense of style. The 207’s cabin feels very much off-the-pace for quality, too. The main touchpoints feel solid enough, but some of the secondary plastics feel really quite flimsy.
Our rating: 3

3. Practicality

Although the Peugeot 207 CC is officially a four-seater, the reality is that the dismal legroom in the back seats makes them unsuitable for anything but luggage. Roof up, the boot is a good size – 350 litres – but with it down, it’s reduced to just 204 litres. The boot aperture is very small in open-top mode, too, making it difficult to load. However, if the car is only ever likely to carry one or two occupants, it begins to make more sense.
Our rating: 2

4. Ride and handling

The 207 CC grips well and turns sharply into bends, but the steering is rather vague and not particularly direct. The bigger problem, though, is the firm ride. It’s unsettled and a little bit crashy at all speeds, with things made worse by the flex you feel through the body over bumps.
Our rating: 2

5. Performance

Peugeot offers two 1.6-litre engines with the 207 CC, one petrol and one diesel. The petrol is the same 118bhp unit you’ll find in the 208 hatchback and, as in that car, it feels okay when you rev it hard, but a little flat if you don’t. This is also the only engine to be offered with an automatic gearbox option, which we’d avoid because it’s a fairly ancient four-speeder that makes the performance even more languid and has a negative impact on fuel economy and emissions. The 110bhp diesel copes much better with the weight of the CC, thanks to its extra torque, but the rather narrow power band means it’s not as flexible as you’d think and, again, it needs a few revs to get going. At least it’s smooth and quiet.
Our rating: 3

6. Running costs

The 207 CC is keenly priced but, because of its advanced age, resale values aren’t very strong. The car’s efficiency figures won’t exactly blow you away, either. The petrol averages just 43.5mpg and even the diesel can’t do any better than 58.9mpg: the figures for CO2 emissions are correspondingly disappointing. In short, rivals such as the Fiat 500C, Mini Cabriolet and Citroen DS3 Cabrio will be cheaper to run.
Our rating: 2

7. Reliability

Peugeots aren’t renowned for their build quality and, unfortunately, the 207 CC is no exception. While there’s no specific data for the CC model, the 207 hatch scores considerably lower in Warranty Direct’s Reliability Index than many of its rivals. Factoring in the CC’s complex roof mechanism isn’t particularly confidence-inspiring, either.
Our rating: 3

8. Safety

While the 207 CC did score the maximum five stars when it was tested by Euro NCAP, it’s important to remember that it was tested back in 2007, two years before the test became significantly harder. It is, therefore, unlikely that it would achieve the same score were it tested today. It comes with plenty of airbags and anti-lock brakes as standard but, disappointingly, stability control isn’t fitted as standard until you get to top-of-the-range Allure models.
Our rating:3

9. Equipment

There are two trim levels available: Active and Allure. Standard specification is reasonably generous, even on entry-level Active models. They come with 16-inch alloy wheels, Bluetooth and USB connectivity as well as air-con. Top spec Allure models add 17-inch alloys and rear parking sensors to the package.
Our rating: 3

10. Why buy?

While it’s not without charm, the 207 CC is beaten in almost every department by its more modern rivals. The interior is dull and uninspiring, the ride is irritating and the engines are neither particularly powerful, nor particularly environmentally friendly.
Our rating: 3

Expert review 2.7stars

  • Exterior3
  • Interior3
  • Practicality2
  • Ride and handling2
  • Performance3
  • Running costs2
  • Reliability3
  • Safety3
  • Equipment3
  • Why buy?3

Our recommendations

Pick of the range:
HDi Active
Smoothest engine and best economy
Most economical:
HDi Active
Diesel version manages 58.9mpg
Best avoided:
1.6 VTi Allure
Gutless engine combined with an expensive trim

While the cabin is simple, uncluttered and easy to use, the 207 CC is starting to look a little outdated compared with more modern rivals