Peugeot 207 SW estate (2007 – 2012) expert review

By Andy Goodwin, 1st June 2008

The verdict

The Peugeot 207 SW successfully turns the chic French hatchback into a competent little load lugger.

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Expert rating:

4.0

Pros

  • Smartly styled
  • Light, airy cabin
  • Impressive practicality

Cons

  • Some body roll evident
  • 1.4 petrol feels underpowered
  • More expensive than rivals

Full Review

1. Exterior

The Peugeot 207 SW retains the chic and unmistakeably European looks of its hatchback cousin. The longer boot has been successfully integrated and looks neat and stylish – rather than simply stuck on the back. Personal preference will dictate your views on the huge front grille, which is surely the largest on any car of this size.
Our rating: 4

2. Interior

The interior is a nice place to spend time, and in true Peugeot fashion its seats offer a good mix of comfort over bumps and body-hugging grip through bends. The sportiest touch is its white dials with red needles and chrome surrounds, while silver paint on the centre console and dash surrounds and the standard panoramic sunroof give the cabin a bright and airy feel.
Our rating: 4

3. Practicality

The biggest boon is the ability to fold the rear seats completely flat, giving the 207 SW a large and practical loading area with a capacity of 482 litres – 112 more than the hatchback. The extra space available and bigger boot opening makes carrying bulky objects like mountain bikes and furniture much easier. Just carrying a few bags of shopping? The tailgate’s glass can open independently without the need to fully open the boot.
Our rating: 4

4. Ride and handling

The ‘SW’ in this car’s name stands for ‘Sports Wagon’ – so can the Peugeot live up to its title? While it might not be appearing on a racing track any time soon, we found it does have communicative and stable handling. The steering is light around town but feels more weighty and direct above 30mph. Approach a corner with gusto and there is little body roll and the car faithfully follows the chosen line.
Our rating: 4

5. Performance

The 207 SW has a smaller engine range than the hatchback, consisting of a 1.4-litre and 1.6-litre petrol with 95bhp and 120bhp respectively, and a 1.6-litre diesel available with 90bhp or 110bhp. The quickest off the mark is the 1.6-litre petrol, which accelerates from 0-62mph in 9.6 seconds followed by the 110bhp diesel which takes 10.3 seconds and the lower powered petrol and diesel which both take 11.8 seconds. Our test car was fitted with a 90bhp diesel and proved brisk in town, and happy to cruise on the motorway.
Our rating: 4

6. Running costs

Both petrol engines achieve 44.1mpg on average and emit around the same amount of carbon (152g/km versus 153g/km) so it makes sense to enjoy the extra performance of the 1.6-litre model. However, for really economic motoring, diesels win with a combined consumption of 54.3mpg from the 110bhp model and 60.1mpg from the 90bhp unit. Both petrol engines qualify for tax band D while both diesels (123gkm and 136g/km) slot into the cheaper tax band C. Insurance groups are low, ranging from four to seven.
Our rating: 4

7. Reliability

The 207 SW is very similar mechanically to the hatchback which was released in 2006 and has had few reported problems. Its predecessor, the 206, suffered from some niggling electrical faults but it seems Peugeot may have them licked in the new car.
Our rating: 4

8. Safety

No official EuroNCAP crash tests have been conducted on the 207 SW, but it should perform as well as the 207 hatchback which scored the full five stars in adult occupant crash tests. It also scored four stars for child occupant protection and three stars for pedestrian safety. Standard safety kit as generous for this class and includes six airbags, five head restraints and anti-lock brakes with electronic braking force distribution to help prevent skids.
Our rating: 4

9. Equipment

Three trim levels are available – S, Sport and Outdoor. The S is well equipped and has an opening rear tailgate window, panoramic glass roof, CD player, trip computer, front fog lights, electric windows and remote central locking. In addition to this, Sport models get 16-inch alloy wheels, sports front seats, leather steering wheel and gear knob plus air conditioning. The Outdoor has a more rugged appearance, but shouldn’t be mistaken for an off-roader as it’s mechanically no more able to climb muddy slopes, despite its butch wheelarch extensions, tougher-looking bumpers and different wheels.
Our rating: 4

10. Why buy?

The Peugeot 207 SW manages to be more practical than the 207 hatchback without being dowdy – in fact we’d argue it’s actually cooler than the regular car. It’s also to be applauded for its fine ride and handling, safety and efficient, money-saving engines.
Our rating: 4

Expert review 4.0stars

  • Exterior4
  • Interior4
  • Practicality4
  • Ride and handling4
  • Performance4
  • Running costs4
  • Reliability4
  • Safety4
  • Equipment4
  • Why buy?4

Our recommendations

Best on a budget:
207 SW 1.4 VTi 95 S
Base model still gets kit such as the panoramic roof.
Best-seller:
207 SW 1.6 HDi 92 Sport
Frugal diesel makes this the popular 207 SW.
Blow the budget:
207 SW 1.6 VTi 120 Sport
If you have budget to spare, take the 120 Sport.

The Peugeot 207 SW manages to be more practical than the 207 hatchback without being dowdy