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- Concept car looks
- Fun to drive
- Decent running costs
- Poor rear headroom
- Not cheap
- Some ride quality complaints
The Peugeot RCZ is a stylish new coupe that’s getting impressive reviews. The journalists like the bold styling, driving experience and smart interior.
Almost unchanged from the concept car that was revealed in 2007, the Peugeot RCZ is a very stylish and desirable car. However, there’s more to it than a pretty face, swoopy styling and a ‘double bubble’ roof. The critics rate the RCZ very highly indeed, claiming it’s one of the best handling Peugeots on sale and is more than a match for the best sports coupes in the class.
Though not quite as stylish as the exterior, the quality of the RCZ’s cabin is a huge leap forward from what we’ve come to expect from the brand. There were a few complaints regarding some scratchy plastics, but overall it’s a well-built cabin with some smart features, such as the dash mounted clock and the option to have a full leather interior.
Space is good up front, and the boot is a usable size, but space in the back seats is really poor. However, they can be folded down to boost luggage space.
You’d expect a sports coupe to drive well, and the Peugeot RCZ doesn’t disappoint. There’s plenty of grip on offer, the handling is sharp and the engines all do a good job of getting the Pug up to speed. The most powerful model, the petrol powered THP 200, gets a more focused suspension setup and an improved gearbox, so is even better to drive than the standard cars.
Despite its sporting nature, the RCZ is still a comfy and quiet car. Though a few critics say its German rivals do offer better ride quality and a slightly more engaging drive.
There are two engines on offer – a 2.0 diesel, and a 1.6 turbo-petrol in two states of tune (one with 150hp, the other with 200). They’re both good engines, with plenty of punch across the rev range and good usability, and both are equally as impressive when it comes to cruising, where the RCZ suddenly becomes quite a capable tourer. They’re also great when it comes to efficiency – the petrols can achieve between 40 – 42 mpg, whilst the diesel can return almost 50.
Value for money
One area where the Peugeot trumps its more premium rivals is in cost – the cheapest RCZ you can buy, the 150hp petrol, is considerably cheaper than the base-spec Audi TT, with even the flagship THP 200 in top-of-the-range GT trim costing less to buy than the entry level Audi.
The Peugeot also comes with good quality finish, a nice offering of kit and, as mentioned earlier, they’re affordable to run. However, the VW Scirocco is on sale for similar prices, and is more practical and better to drive than the Peugeot.
There is the option for a six speed automatic transmission, but only on the least powerful petrol model. It’s a bit of a pricy option, and there aren’t many RCZ road tests that feature the auto ‘box, but the limited reports suggest that it's a smooth unit that’s easy to use, but doesn’t come with any shifter paddles on the wheel – the only way to change gears manually is by using the slightly jerky gearstick mechanism.
The Peugeot RCZ is an incredibly capable and desirable car that has very few notable faults. The rear practicality is a bit of an issue, and it’s not the dynamic benchmark for the class.
However, the Peugeot still rides well, is enjoyable to drive, looks fantastic and is easily one of the most engaging Pugs we’ve seen in a long time. Overall, it’s a great all-round sports coupe that’s very easy to recommend.
- Price range:
- £21,215 - £30,000
- 38 - 53
- Date released:
- Replacement due:
- Not for at least a few years
- Model history:
- The RCZ was updated in September 2012, with a new look. Full details here - Peugeot RCZ facelift
- Engine to go for:
- The 2.0 HDi 163 gives a nice mix of power and fuel economy
- Engine to avoid:
- There really isn't a weak engine in the range
- Options to go for:
- There's a lot of styling options that can make it look really smart
- Options to avoid:
- The carbon fibre roof, it doesn't save weight, it just sits on top so adds weight!
- Engine naming:
- THP engines are petrol, HDi are diesel
- The carbuzz team have been testing the RCZ, check out our full road test here.
Peugeot RCZ User Reviews
What a car! I bought this to replace my Golf and have been so happy with it, hence the reason I'm bothering to review it!
The most shocking thing has been the attention it gets. People are always looking at it and pointing. Had a few people ask me what it is too, seems they don't recognise it's a Peugeot at all.
The interior is goregous, far nicer than other cars I looked at. Not just nice to look at but everything works how you'd expect and it didn't take long to get to grips with the stereo and heating. The 1.6 engine (200bhp version) is awesomely fast and smooth, very glad I went for that one. I don't know a lot about cars but it does handle well I think, certainly more fun in corners than the Golf was.
The boot is fairly big but space in the back seats is tight, ok for short journeys but not for a long trip.
Only my third car I've owned, but it's the best so far!
- By Greg Bowling, who owns this car
I bought this car when I turned 25. I love it - especially it’s looks with the slanted front lights and huge grille. I got it in the exact same colour scheme as in the photo above. It’s not for the self conscious - be prepared for stares and strangers asking you about it and gushing about how cool it is which is what seems to happen most times I drive it around - even in London when there are much better cars about.
The seats are comfy, it’s a little cramped in the back but not something I’m that concerned about - my friends can cope with that if I’m giving them a free ride!
The basic model suits me fine as I can use my MP3 player and there’s air-con and parking sensors which are useful once you get used to them. It’s a fun little car and has been really good so far with only a small issue with some of the electronics at first which was all fixed up.
- By Elin Mikkelsen, who owns this car
Stylish TV advert for the Peugeot RCZ.
Entertaining video review of the RCZ from 5th Gear. Worth watching for anyone thinking of buying one.
Useful female opinion given by the WomenandWheels team on the RCZ. They report on what it's like to drive and their opinion on the interior.
Video showing detailed footage of the RCZ's smart interior.
Nice video review of the THP 200 RCZ. They generally like it, but find a few issues with the interior. Another great review from CarThrottle.