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Peugeot 207 SW 1.6 Trendy: Spacious City Slicker
April 23, 2008 By Bartosz Grzybiński   
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The Peugeot 207 SW brings the advantages of a station wagon to the small city car. The car's 1.6l/120p.s. gasoline engine offers something of a sporty driving experience as well.

The Peugeot 207 SW is one of the more stylistically aggressive small station wagons in the B segment. The front section, with its huge bumper and large head lamps extending into the fenders, is the same as the hatchback version. The most notable features of the profile are the slightly descending roof line and ascending window lines. The rear, with its large, elongated tail lights, sloping support panel and triangular rear window, resembles the 407 SW. The 4,149 mm length gives the body a modern, sporting look.

The interior is not all that spacious and even though the car seats five, rear passengers may complain about a lack of leg room. It should be borne in mind that the 207 SW is a city slicker and that few cars in this segment can expand their luggage compartments to 1,258 liters in a couple of seconds. The rear seats can be folded down easily to create more space and the tailgate allows for considerably large objects to be loaded. The 207 SW can even carry washing machines and refrigerators. The luggage compartment has a regular shape and the loading threshold is only 55 cm from the ground. ABS brakes, air-conditioning, radio/CD/MP3 and a full electric package come standard in the Trendy version and optional extras are relatively cheap. For example, an ESP system costs zl.2,500 and curtain airbags zl.800.

The dashboard is ergonomic, well lit and well laid out and a multi-adjustable steering column and seat ensure the driver is always correctly positioned. One minor gripe is that the seat is a little short and the backrest not ergonomic enough. This is especially true of the 1.6l/120p.s. gasoline engine version. The maximum torque is 160Nm at 4,250rpm. The car can accelerate to 100km/h in 9.6 seconds and has a maximum speed of 200 km/h. The engine is very noisy above 5,000rpm but performs adequately between 2,500rpm and 4,500rpm. While fuel consumption averages a respectable 6.3l per 100km according to the technical specifications, it was nearly two liters higher during our test drive. The engine parameters and hard suspension give the 207 SW a sporty feel that belies its appearance.

Being only slightly larger than the average hatchback makes the 207 SW a much more practical B segment alternative.
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