Peugeot 207 SW
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- Value for money
- Low running costs
- Some cheap interior bits
- Manual gearbox not great
- Rear seats a little cramped
It gains good reviews on the whole, with the road testers liking the extra room inside, and commenting on how well it drives, saying that it’s nimble and easy to park and drive in cities. Its review scores have dipped a little with time though, and nowadays it lags behind the best in class for quality, the way it drives and several other factors.
There are some nice touches inside the cabin - including a split rear tailgate that allows you to raise the window by itself to slot your shopping in more easily - and plenty of thoughtful storage spaces. The boot is usefully-sized too, and adds a welcome dose of practicality to a car of this size.
Having said that, the overall quality of the interior isn’t as good as some, and the experts didn’t like the high driver’s seat, which they say leads to an awkward driving position. It also looks rather dated now, particularly with Peugeot's own 208 now selling in droves.
The steering is sharp but is let down by poor feedback, a common complaint these days. The ride is composed and stable but a notchy gearbox spoils the driving experience, not helped by a relatively heavy kerb weight, which blunts performance and damages fuel economy.
It delivers an average driving experience on the whole, and once again is made to look dated by the newer 208.
As with most cars these days you can choose from diesel engines that are torquey and economical, or petrol engines that are lively and performance-oriented.
Some experts liked the 1.6-litre VTi 120 petrol engine, saying that it is decently economical, nice to drive, and might well prove to be as economical as its diesel-equivalent in the long term for private owners who don’t cover mega-miles. The HDi diesels are typically good - always a Peugeot strongpoint - with fuel economy well into the 60s (as high as 67 mpg in the most frugal models) and impressive refinement for the class. Pick the HDi 112, and there's even a useful turn of performance, at little over 11 seconds to 62 mph.
Value for money
The 207 SW range is expensive when you compare it to its rivals, but it is well-equipped. Now that the model is in the twilight of its life, there should also be some deals to be had - some of which you can find by clicking the link below!
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The 207 SW is big enough to carry a washing machine in the boot - not an unimpressive feat by any metric - yet remains surprisingly nimble as estate cars go. It may now be worth looking in other places though - Peugeot recently launched the
- Price range:
- £12,355 - £17,895
- 42 - 67
- Date released:
- Replacement due:
- A direct replacement is unlikely, since Peugeot now produces the 2008 crossover. It's the most practical 208-based model right now.
- Model history:
- In mid-2009 Peugeot revised the 207 SW with a restyled front, improved interior and more fuel efficient engines. The engines are essentially the same, but will cost less to run!
- Engine naming:
- The HDi engines are diesels, the VTi engines are the sportier direct injection petrol engines
Promotional video for the 207 SW.