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Our Fleet Test Drive: Peugeot 207 GT - Final Report

Date: 31 October 2007   |   Author: Tristan Young

It's off but now we know the 207 GT gives a small family car a run for its money.

We took on the 207 GT as a long-termer to see if it really was possible to swap an entry-level lower-medium car for a high specification supermini, given that cars such as the 207 are becoming bigger and more capable.

We also added the GT to our fleet because when we first tested it we thought it was "the best car in Peugeot's range". After six months with the car we haven't been disappointed.

Although the GT has been supplanted as the 207's range-topper by hard-riding hot-hatch GTI, the GT is a much better all-rounder, so makes far greater fleet sense.

Power comes from a 150PS 1.6-litre turbo petrol engine, which loosened up with mileage; the car felt much quicker after it had about 4000 miles on the clock.

As we'd 'downsized' it meant we got a fully loaded car with luxuries such as auto folding door mirrors [1] , auto wipers, trip computer, anti-skid control, alloys and a sunroof [2] all for £14,260. The only options we went for were cruise control at £150 (we wanted the car to be more usable for motorway journeys), metallic paint at £350 for the RVs, and Bluetooth connectivity at £150 (to keep us handsfree and legal).

The engine was easily up to the job of motorway work, while cruise control made life just that little bit more relaxing. The 207 also coped well when fully loaded with various combinations of luggage, passengers, DJ-ing equipment and pets.

But our time with the car wasn't trouble-free. The main issue centred around a flat tyre, something that should be easily solved. Yet it wasn't the car but the mechanics at the dealership [3] that caused the problem. Everything did resolve itself thanks to a very helpful dealer principle, but it shouldn't have needed to get that far. The only other concern we had was that after six months in our hands the car was starting to develop the odd squeak and rattle. Despite that, though, the 207 GT shows that you really don't need a bigger car to keep staff happy -you just have to have the right smaller one.