The Peugeot 207 CC is the French manufacturer’s smaller coupe-cabriolet and one the marques sportier models, sharing styling DNA with the larger 308 CC and new RC-Z coupe since the 207 got a makeover in 2009.
As a result the car looks sharper and is updated to the extent that it looks like a cuter RCZ, boasting a new front face with some chrome detailing and LED lights at the rear.
Meanwhile rear parking sensors as standard, while there’s a wide choice of eight exterior body colours, four different interior trims, two cloth trims and two leather options so you can personalise your 207 CC to your heart’s content.
Nevertheless, the car’s basics are largely unchanged, which is good news as the drop-top Peugeot supermini is the best-selling coupe-cabriolet in Europe.
There’s also the five-star Euro NCAP crash test rating and a strong comprehensive safety package, including five airbags, pop-up rollover hoops and electronic brakeforce distribution.
There’s still the excellent folding metal roof that opens and closes at the push of a button in 25 seconds, there are four seats, and there’s the superb THP turbo petrol engine that’s one of the best small engines in the world, seen widely throughout Peugeot, Mini and Citroen ranges.
The 1.6 THP is available with range-topping GT specification only, but there are also cheaper 1.6 VTi petrol engines elsewhere in the range, along with 1.6-litre diesels for those seeking better fuel economy.
However, the 1.6-litre THP boasts 150bhp and a hefty 180lb-ft of torque, pulling the 207 CC from a very low 1,400rpm – meaning acceleration is good throughout the rev range.
Top speed with this engine is 129mph, while the 62mph sprint takes 8.6 seconds – very fast for a car like this, but combined fuel economy is still good at almost 40mpg.
The 207 CC drives well with roof up or down, but it doesn’t really feel like a convertible with the roof up. Sound insulation is good and handling is crisp. Body roll is at a minimum and the CC compares well to the hatchback 207.
The interior of the 207 CC is also sharp, better than many other small convertibles, with decent space up front for two adults and as much storage space as you could expect from a car of this size – proving much larger than several comparable cars.
Rear space for passengers isn’t huge, but children will be fine and adults can be squeezed in, or the rear can extend storage space.
All told, though, the real reason you buy a convertible is to have fun. And the Peugeot 207 CC certainly is fun. It’s smart, enjoyable to drive and will give you that unbeatable wind-in-the-hair sensation at a good price, with a good interior, decent space and tempting running costs to boot.
Even on a cold, wintry day we had a blast in the Peugeot 207 CC, a fun little car that can brighten up any day.