The Peugot 207 is a supermini car that is manufactured by French carmaker Peugot. This car was first launched in 2006 and production finally ended in 2012. The 207 was first introduced to the public in January of 2006 and went on sale in April of that year. This car replaced the Peugot 208 when it came out in 2012. Although the 207 was never launched in the U.S or Canada, it was released in France, Italy, and Spain in 2006 as well as various European markets later on.
This car launched in the United Kingdom in June of 2006 and sales started to grow steadily from the time it was released, despite a boycott which took place around this time. The 207 succeeded the 206 model and was based on the modified version of the same platform which was used for the Citroen C3, built in Poissy, France as well as Madrid and Slovakia. When this car first came out, there were three petrol engines available, including a 1.4 liter 8v with 90 horsepower, a 1.6 liter 16v with 110 bhp, and in 2006 there was a 1.4 and 1.6 16v engine available. There were also two turbocharged and intercooled versions of this vehicle available, one of which was capable of 150 bhp and the other 175 bhp.
There were both three and five-door hatchback models available as well as a 207 SW Station Wagon, a 207 coupe, and a 207 convertible coupe, otherwise known as the 207 CC, which was released in 2007 to replace the 206 CC retractable hardtop. A GT version of this vehicle is available, though it comes with only the THP150 150 horsepower turbocharged 1.6 liter engine as well as a glass roof. The GTI and GT version of the 207 are sold with only manual gearboxes. The 207 is only sold as a coupe in Malaysia as well as a 4-door sedan.
A facelift in July of 2009 added quite a few features and improvements to the 207, including a new grille design that was very similar to the facelifted 307. There were also some changes to the engine management software of this vehicle, increasing its overall power from 175 horsepower to 184 horsepower. The Le Mans Special Edition version of this vehicle yielded only 2000 units and it featured a sport front bumper with a Shadow aluminum grille as well as Black Chrome headlights. The body side moldings and sideview mirrors on this vehicle were painted to match the body.
The Peugot 207 was released to mixed reviews and sales were not very high at first. Most of the criticism that this vehicle faced was centered around the quality of its gearbox as well as its handling, which is something that the GT version also got criticized for. Autocar magazine wrote an especially scathing review of this vehicle, claiming that the vehicle lacked any sort of charm. This vehicle did receive high praise for its many safety features as well as its unique styling though.
There have been a number of 207 concept cars produced, including the 207 RCup which debuted at the Geneva Motor Show in 2006. There was also another sporty concept car with a design that was heavily based on the 207 RCup. The Super 2000 version of this vehicle uses a 2.0 liter petrol engine with a total maximum output of 280 horsepower and was meant to be the successor of the 206 World Rally Car. Overall, the Peugot 207 is an average vehicle that didn’t impress many, though it has been commended for its safety features and overall styling, both inside and out.