In the 1.4-litre VTi 207, we achieved an overall fuel consumption figure of 36.2mpg during testing, which means owners should expect over 40mpg on a normal run out of town, with a realistic target being for around 350 miles of pump-to-pump range.

Going for either of the more economical diesels in the range may boost your cruising autonomy to more than 700 miles, with the 1.6-litre HDi boasting as much as 80.7mpg on the European extra-urban cycle

Tim Dickson

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The 207's eco credentials are now looking dated

However, there is no such thing as a low-emissions 207; the most CO2-savving still emits 110g/km of carbon. And considering that other manufacturers now offer superminis emitting fully 20 grams less per kilometre, that looks pretty poor.

There’s no economy benefit in choosing Peugeot’s less powerful eight-valve 1.4-litre petrol engine rather than the sixteen-valve VTi. While the 74bhp lesser 1.4 is five groups cheaper to insure, we’d recommend spending the £400 extra on the more powerful engine if you can. It’s a decision that’ll pay dividends at the pump and elsewhere.

Peugeot’s entry-level 207s are quite meagre in their standard specification. You’ll pay extra for ESP and metallic paint on a basic 207, and only get an alarm, air conditioning system and Bluetooth if you move up the model walk.

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Peugeot discontinued top-of-the-line GT-specification for the 207 in 2010. The current flagship ‘Allure’ version gets electric windows all round, air con, Bluetooth and MP3 connectivity; but cruise control, and alarm and ESP will cost you extra even here. Considering that some of these editions are £16k cars, that’s not exactly generous.

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