Car Review: Peugeot - 207  Series 06 (3 stars)

The Peugeot 207 is a long way from the iconic 205, but represents eminently sensible motoring.

Peugeots with a '2' and an '0' in their name have a supremely tough time of it since the iconic 205 made the supermini concept fashionable rather than purely practical. The 205 might have been iconic, but its eventual replacement, the 206, was Peugeot's most successful model of all time, selling nearly seven million units. It became one of the most ubiquitous cars of its time.

It's always tough replacing one great car, not to mention two high-achieving models, but Peugeot has bills to pay and has had to brave it. There has been no revolution with the 207: the styling is more of the same but bigger. Peugeot's reputation for good design has suffered somewhat in recent years, but the 207 is one of its better-looking recent models.

The object for this car has clearly been to make a supermini that feels more mature and refined than what went before. It has grown in every measurable direction, but the step up in quality is immediately noticeable inside. The dire driving position of the 206 has been ditched for something more adjustable and infinitely more comfortable.

Build quality inside is very solid, and the dashboard has no obviously bargain basement plastics on show that might let things down. It's still no Volkswagen, but you can appreciate the effort that has been made. Space is excellent in the cabin - four passengers will fit inside with impressive room for each, and the boot is one of the largest in the segment.

The driving experience is more engaging than on the 206, providing a good amount of feel. There's plenty of grip available from the chassis too. The engines are all capable of exploiting that grip, aside from the entry-level motor. The diesels are strangely muted, the 1.4-litre 16 valve petrol proving to be the most enthusiastic and useable engine with its 95bhp.

All of the engines return good fuel economy, so you would have to consider whether the premium for the diesel engine will pay for itself given your personal mileage. The 207 represents good value for money overall though, with its low running costs, and decent kit that comes as standard.

It's a surprisingly muted car, though, feeling far removed from its early-80s forebear. It is relentlessly competent but doesn't seem to have any particular charm that'll win you over.

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