What is it?
This is Peugeot’s familiar 207, here in five-door form and fitted with a 1.6-litre, 112bhp engine mated to a six-speed manual transmission. That makes it by far the warmest (‘hot’ isn’t the appropriate term here) of the oil-burning 207 variants.
What’s it like?
Not too bad. Generally speaking, the 207 is a well screwed together, neatly finished supermini with a comfortable if somewhat plain interior, and the car we tried here, supplied in upper-midrange Sport trim, is no exception.
At the risk of damning with faint praise, it’s not too bad to drive, either. Dynamically this is no Ford Fiesta, but the 207 rides okay, albeit with a slightly rubbery response from the suspension to rapid surface imperfections. Steering, too, while fine around town and in day-to-day cruising, feels a little indirect and artificial when cornering with any degree of enthusiasm.
That diesel engine is a little hit-and-miss. Around town, in first gear especially, it feels somewhat unrefined. In fact, below 1500rpm there’s a distinct lack of drive; from 1501rpm upwards there’s almost a surplus of it, and the sudden transition from one to the other can catch you out and lead to less-than-smooth getaways.
Once rolling, however, the 1.6 HDi smooths out and is quite pleasurable to use. At motorway speeds in particular it’s a quiet, fluid and impressive performer.