Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Not So Much a Good Sport as a Reliable Companion

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Not So Much a Good Sport as a Reliable Companion

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Byline: By Steve Hughes

We have now had our Peugeot 207 supermini for a couple of months, during which time it has proved to be a hit not only with us but also with the public at large.

In the early stages of its life, the 207 is proving to be an even bigger seller than the hugely successful 206 hatchback range that it replaced.

This bodes well for Peugeot, with new versions added progressively, including the GT a few weeks ago and now the coupe cabriolet.

Visually, the new 1.6-litre GT looks little different from our 1.4-litre Sport model. In fact, the GT does not even have a badge to give away its performance prowess.

This may be because, even in its standard form, the 207 looks the part, especially from the front.

It manages to appear purposeful in a non-boyracer sort of way and in Sport form gains a nice set of alloy wheels into the bargain.

Apart from the wheels, however, there seems little to justify a Sport tag.

After a couple of thousand miles the engine and gearbox have loosened up a bit and it feels friskier than it did when brand new.

Nonetheless, the performance is pretty mediocre with a 0-60mph acceleration time of 13.7 seconds in comparison to 11.3 seconds for the equivalent 1.4-litre Renault Clio and 10.9 seconds for the Vauxhall Corsa.

That may not seem a huge amount but it is pretty significant when you're sitting on the wrong side of the road attempting to overtake a large lorry with the brow of a hill looming large.

You could forgive the Peugeot for this relatively tardy performance if it was for the benefit of economy but that does not stack up either.

The Corsa 1.4i SXi 5-door costs pounds 11,475 and its 16-valve engine generates 89bhp for a top speed of 110mph, a 0-60mph time of 10.9 seconds, economy of 48mpg and a CO2 figure of 142g/km.

Our Peugeot 204 1.4 Sport costs pounds 11,495 and its 16-valve engine generates 90bhp for a top speed of 112mph, a 0-60mph time of 13. …

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