The elegant fascia panel, contemporary and «appealing», traces a long, smooth arc that follows the panoramic front windscreen and the front quarter windows with their triangular shaped glass. Concealing the passenger air bag, its various surfaces inspire quality: a black geometrical patterned material (Gabin) on the entry model or a soft textured material, reminiscent of a textile mesh (Flamine), available in black or dark beige on the other models.
The original design of the instrument panel, mirrors those normally found on motorbikes, it features three individual circular dials, covered by their own non-reflecting glass covers. At the centre of the fascia, a recessed multifunction display is located, as well as two central air vents able to diffuse one of seven fragrances (according to version). The shape of the recess guides the eye to the streamlined, «high-tech» centre console flanked by two vertical trims featuring the same surface finish.
The door panels accentuate the overall feel and the low waist line with their plunging profile guiding the eye towards the incoming light from the fixed front quarter light windows. Comfortable with their padded armrest, richly upholstered and featuring a practical storage pocket (two on the 3-door version), the door panels add to the personality and refinement of the passenger compartment.
Welcoming and luxurious as if intended for a higher segment vehicle, the front seats are constructed on a new, elegantly streamlined frame which makes them particularly rigid and resistant to impact. Their generous foam padding contributes to the car’s comfort or dynamic styling and, in the latter configuration, offers more pronounced support for the occupant.
The seats have multiple settings that are particularly easy to operate and are equipped with non-collapsing head restraints. The latter offer dual-mode adjustment from the Trendy level and are enhanced by chrome supports from the Executive or Sport level.
The welcoming design of the rear seats ensures both comfort and support. The seats and seat backs are systematically divided 2/3 1/3 and can be folded if necessary. The central inertia reel seat belt is built into the seat back for easier operation.
An interior space designed to be shared With its generous exterior dimensions, longer wheelbase, «low» architecture, forwardpositioned front windscreen and meticulously designed interior layout, the 207 is designed to offer its occupants a high level of comfort and convenience. The result is a level of comfort worthy of a higher segment.
The driver’s seat The driver’s seat of the 207 is able to adapt ergonomically to all shapes and sizes. For example, the driver has a steering column that is height and depth adjustable over a distance of 40 mm in both directions, a feature rarely found in this segment level, as well as a generously dimensioned footrest and a longer seat squab. It also slides over a distance of 230 mm and offers a height adjustment of 50 mm.
The passengers The generous length of the 207’s interior (1,675 mm), one of the largest in the segment, enhances the comfort of all passengers. Occupants of the front seats benefit from a generous elbow width and head room (up to 1,446 mm and 899 mm respectively). From the Trendy level, the passenger seat, like the driver’s seat, is height-adjustable over a distance of 50 mm. An individual central armrest for the driver and passenger is featured on many versions.
Space at the rear Rear passengers benefit from a seat height of 325 mm (lower than other vehicles manufactured on the same platform but 15 mm higher compared to the 206).
There is ample knee room (knee index 129) and generous space beneath the front seats, which rear passengers can comfortably slide their feet under. From the Sport or Executive versions, a knee well is incorporated in the front seats. Elbow width and head room is as much as 1,424 mm and 854 mm respectively depending on versions.
The seat reclining lever, ideally placed in the top section of the seat, makes it very easy for passengers to get into the rear seats on 3-door versions.
Storage In the 207, storage spaces are designed to accommodate objects that need to be kept close at hand or retained, as well as those it is better to conceal or protect.
A large glove box with a capacity of 12.2 litres and able to accommodate a 1.5 litre bottle of water comes with a «tamperproof» glovebox lid. On versions with air conditioning, a bypass duct allows the glove box itself to be air-conditioned and, on vehicles with the RT3 colour telematics system, RCA type audio sockets are located in the glovebox to connect a MP3 player or video camera to allow films to be watched on the multifunction display. An open storage area above it can house objects for immediate use.If a radio / CD player and CD auto-changer are not chosen, two «ISO» storage spaces are available in the centre console. A card holder (credit card, parking ticket, etc) mounted in the centre console on many versions, ensures they are within easy reach.
Three storage spaces and two cup holders are located in the long centre console.Large storage bins in the front doors (two in 3-door versions) and the rear doors can accommodate a 1.5 litre bottle of water or A4 documents.Storage pockets on the rear of the front seats (from the Executive and Sport levels) can accommodate A4 documents.
The luggage compartment Echoing the generous interior space, the boot offers excellent capacity thanks to its regular parallelepiped shape and can accommodate two large suitcases. The available volume of 270 dm3 VDA under the rear parcel shelf is 25 dm3 more than the 206 and corresponds to a volume «by water» of 310 dm3.
The wide, low-lying load sill (just 681 mm above the ground) makes the boot particularly accessible. Unloading is just as easy thanks to the reduced height between the boot floor and the load sill . The 207 is equipped with a split, folding rear bench seat (the seat squabs can, however, be raised and removed, and the seat backs folded). Perfect alignment between the boot floor and folded seat backs facilitates the loading of bulky and/or long objects. The available volume to roof height is then around 1 m3 (923 dm3 VDA or 1,195 dm3 «by water»).
If necessary, the rear seats can easily be removed (without the use of any tools), thereby increasing load capacity even further.
The spare wheel is stored in a «well» in the boot floor, out of sight of prying eyes. It is covered by a «rigid» boot floor carpet equipped with a handle and a support strap for easy access. A number of boot accessories are fitted to help in day-to-day use: a retaining strap, two hooks on which to hang shopping bags, six lashing points and, on many versions, a luggage net. When bulky items are loaded, the rear parcel shelf is designed to be quickly housed vertically against the rear seat backs.
The pleasure of the senses
Interior brightness Through the design of its bodywork, the 207 allows light to flood into the passenger compartment. The forward-positioned front windscreen with its large surface area (1.31 m2), a line of intentionally low-lying side windows and additional small front quarter lights, creates a total glazed surface area in excess of 3 m2.
This bright interior can, however, be enhanced further by the fitment of either, an electric sliding sunroof with a tinted glass panel, available as an option, or by a panoramic tinted glass roof, available as standard or as an option on some versions. Both «glass» roofs (opening or panoramic) come with an interior blind and are available on 3-door and 5-door 207 versions.
Ideal temperature An in-depth study was carried out on the circulation of air (or its recirculation) within the 207 and on how to heat it and cool it. This research led to the creation of special air ducts under the front seats and hinged windows on 3-door versions.
A system of air outlet ducts in the passenger compartment diffuses air from outside. Its quality is regulated by a filter that retains pollen and other airborne particles. An air recirculation control (manual or electric depending on version) completely isolates the passenger compartment from the outside air when necessary.
A 1,000 watt resistor, placed in front of the heater matrix on versions powered by HDi Diesel engines, accelerates the temperature build-up in the passenger compartment (the excellent thermodynamic efficiency of the HDi engines makes them very heat efficient).
Two different air conditioning systems are available – «bi-zone» manual or automatic – according to version. Both have an externally controlled compressor that compares the ambient temperature with the required temperature and therefore prevents over cooling of the air, reducing the load on the engine and thereby reducing average fuel consumption.
The air conditioning system also includes a control duct in the glove box, which makes it possible to keep drinks cool for example when the outside temperature is high.
The manual air conditioning system also includes the fitment of two additional panels under the fascia panel, which contain three «gentle diffusers» which can dispense a uniform flow of draught-free air. The «bi-zone» automatic air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to control their temperature and airflow distribution separately. It is combined with a sun sensor located on the fascia panel which anticipates the effects of a period of intense exposure to the sun, or conversely the passing through of a tunnel, in order to temporarily correct the reference temperature level.
This system offers new possibilities for insulating the passenger compartment from the outside environment. For example, when the windscreen washers are activated, the exterior air inlet closes automatically to prevent the odour from the windscreen washer additive being drawn into the car.
On all 207s, a filter combined with active charcoal insulates the passenger compartment from certain hydrocarbon odours and certain exhaust gas particles. An athermic front windscreen is also fitted with the air conditioning system on many versions. With a reflective power in excess of 30 %, it reduces the temperature build-up in the passenger compartment and optimises the efficiency of the air conditioning.
Two non-reflecting areas located on either side of the interior rear-view mirror allow dialogue between toll-road or car park transponders and outside receivers. The scents of its fragrance diffuser ... An original feature offered by the 207 is the fragrance diffuser, available over much of the range. It scents the passenger compartment according to a patented process. Discreetly incorporated into the fascia panel in front of the two centre air vents, a cylindrical fragrance cartridge is connected to a dual-function control. This control releases fragrance with the selected intensity by means of the two central air vents, or can stop the release at any time, without the need to remove the cartridge, and with no loss of air quality or «air flow».
Each cartridge is both very easy to install (by means of a very intuitive twist action) and is accompanied by an integral lid allowing it to be resealed after removal from the fascia panel. It is therefore very easy to change between fragrances and keep units that have been already opened for later use. A box containing two fragrance cartridges selected by the user is offered on versions equipped with the fragrance diffuser. Seven fragrances are available from the Peugeot network:
Pure Sensation (with «anti-smoking» properties)
This range of fragrances was developed in partnership with a French perfume specialists and adapted for the automotive environment by Peugeot’s laboratories. These superior quality products are environmentally-friendly and completely harmless.
Its acoustic ambience
Acoustic comfort The acoustic quality of the 207 would meet the requirements of a higher segment vehicle. The excellent structural rigidity of the 207 (0.80 mrd for 100 mdaN) allows noise and vibration to be controlled at their source. Considerable work was also carried out on the aerodynamics of the body shape and equipment. Seals, baffles and absorbent screens insulate the passenger compartment from road and engine noise, and all potential sources of noise were tracked down and minimised, or cleverly «disguised». The result is a pleasant interior atmosphere enhancing user-friendliness, which can be personalised thanks to the in car entertainment or telematics systems developed for the 207.
Communication Communication in the 207 comprises of several options – a car radio / CD player or an in-car telematics system.
A single CD car radio (RD4) with an output of 4 x 15 W is combined with six speakers. It is available in single-tuner or dual-tuner versions with a «diversity» system and MP3 player. A hands-free «Bluetooth» phone kit is available as an option on 207s equipped with the RD4 single CD car radio. This system allows the car to «recognise» a «Bluetooth» mobile phone present in the car, take over its main functions and transfer them to the car.
With information shown on the multifunction display, drivers can use their mobile phone without handling it, via the remote radio controls mounted on the steering column, the car’s speakers and the microphone located in the roof console.
Peugeot’s RT3 telematics system: (RDS single CD car radio, GSM telephone, GPS satellite navigation) constitutes a valuable aid to mobility. It can be combined either with a monochrome screen on which satellite navigation instructions are displayed via pictograms, or a 16/9 7’’ colour screen which shows routes with colour cartography.
The RT3 system, however, fitted to the 207 benefits from a number of new functions:
playback of MP3 files,
transfer via an infrared port of the telephone directory of a mobile phone or PDA,
acknowledgement of traffic information (TMC) to manage detours,
preparation of routes with specific destinations.
The telematics system can also provide access (according to country) to emergency and local assistance services offering a valuable addition to user safety.
A five CD auto-changer mounted in the centre console under the radio / CD player is available as standard or as an option according to version. It is automatically combined with the RT3 system. A hi-fi system designed and developed by JBL provides acoustic quality of the highest level: the installation consists of eight speakers in six locations, combined with a bass box incorporating an amplification and control unit.
This electronic unit provides an output of 240 watts; its specification has been optimised to cater specifically for the passenger compartment acoustics of the 207.
In the boot, a bass box ensures sound reproduction of breathtaking realism. Bass notes are reproduced throughout the passenger compartment with firmness, impact and depth, like the best professional sound systems.
The system can be combined with the RD4 dual-tuner car radio and the RT3 system (RDS car radio, GSM telephone, GPS satellite navigation).
The 207 will be available with a range of six engine options.
At launch a range of three petrol engines developing a power of 54 kW (˜ 75 bhp), 65 kW(˜ 90 bhp) and 80 kW (˜ 110 bhp) will be available. 1.4 litre – TU3A: 54 kW (˜ 75 bhp) Combined with a manual 5-speed MA gearbox, this engine provides an excellent balance of driveability and low fuel consumption. Developed from the TU3JP petrol engine, this engine is equipped in particular with a special thermostat and a «controlled» alternator that allows it to conform to the Euro 4 emission standard.
With a capacity of 1,360 cm3, a bore of 75 mm and a stroke of 77 mm, the TU3A develops a power of 54 kW at a moderate engine speed of 5,400 rpm and a maximum torque of 118 Nm from 3,300 rpm. The high torque availability at low engine speeds ensures good driving characteristics and reduced fuel consumption of 6.3 litre/100 km for the combined drive cycle, or 150 g/km of CO2.
1.4 litre / 16 V - ET3: 65 kW (˜ 90 bhp) This modern engine with double overhead camshafts and 4 valves per cylinder is combined with a manual 5-speed MA gearbox offering both dynamic performance and low fuel consumption. With a capacity of 1 360 cm3, the ET3 engine develops a maximum power of 65 kW at 5,250 rpm. The maximum torque is 133 Nm at 3,250 rpm, but from 2,000 rpm, 90 % of the maximum torque – i.e. 120 Nm – is available. A variable valve timing (VVC) system is fitted to the inlet camshaft, with timing variations occurring one degree at a time. This improves overall engine efficiency, increases power output and reduces fuel consumption. For example, the combined drive cycle registers just 6.4 litre/100 km, i.e. 152 g/km of CO2. 1.6 litre / 16 V - TU5JP4: 80 kW (˜ 110 bhp) This engine combined with a manual 5-speed MA gearbox is the middle offering in the petrol range. It gives the 207 a level of performance that emphasises its dynamic road holding ability. With a capacity of 1 587 cm3 (bore 78.5 mm, stroke 82 mm), the TU5JP4 develops a maximum power of 80 kW at 5,750 rpm and a maximum torque of 147 Nm at 4,000 rpm. Equipped with double overhead camshafts and 4 valves per cylinder, it provides 85 % of the maximum torque from an engine speed of only 2,000 rpm, and 95 % of the maximum torque, or 140 Nm, from 3,000 to 5,000 rpm. Fuel consumption is limited to 7 litre/100 km in the combined drive cycle, or 166 g/km of CO2.
Before the end of 2006, two engines developed as part of the partnership between PSA Peugeot Citroën and the BMW Group will make their appearance. The first of these will be a 4-cylinder 1,598 cm3 engine with a low pressure Twin-Scroll turbocharger (0.8 bar). With double overhead camshafts and sixteen valves, it will feature high-pressure direct petrol injection (120 bars). It will develop a maximum power of 110 kW (approx. 150 bhp) and a maximum torque of 240 Nm.
With the same capacity but without a turbocharger, the second engine will also have double overhead camshafts and sixteen valves; however, this engine will be fitted with continuously variable valve timing for the inlet and exhaust valves. As on the other engine, a «switchable» water pump and «controlled» oil pump help optimise fuel consumption. The maximum power will be 85 kW (approx. 115 bhp) with a maximum torque of 160 Nm.
HDi Diesel engines
These engines follow the «downsizing» policy of the PSA Peugeot Citroën group, namely reducing the engine capacity and fuel consumption of vehicles while preserving their dynamic performance. All engines benefit from a second-generation common rail High-pressure Direct Injection system. 1.4 litre HDi - DV4 TD: 50 kW (˜ 70 bhp) Efficient and modern, the DV4TD combined with a reinforced MA 5-speed manual gearbox provides an ideal entry level specification for the Diesel range, thanks mainly to its torque of 160 Nm available from an engine speed of only 2,000 rpm. This 4-cylinder single overhead camshaft engine has a capacity of 1,398 cm3 (bore 73.7 mm, stroke 82 mm) and develops a maximum power of 50 kW at 4,000 rpm. It features a low-inertia turbocharger with a speed of rotation of up to 240,000 rpm. The common rail high-pressure direct injection system can provide injection pressures that vary between 300 and 1,350 bars depending on the demand formulated by the electronic control unit (ECU). This results in a measured fuel consumption of 4.5 litre/100 km in the combined drive cycle, or 120 g/km of CO2.
1.6 litre HDi / 16 V – DV6ATED4: 66 kW (˜ 90 bhp) The main engine in the Diesel range, this 1,560 cm3 engine benefits from advanced technology such as an aluminium engine block, sixteen-valve cylinder head and an injection system with a maximum pressure of 1,600 bars.
Developing a maximum power of 66 kW at 4,000 rpm and a maximum torque of 215 Nm from only 1,750 rpm, it features injectors equipped with six very small diameter apertures ensuring efficient fuel/air mixing, multiple injections per engine cycle and a controlled turbocharger. Fuel consumption is limited to 4.5 litre/100 km in the combined drive cycle, or 120 g/km of CO2.
1.6 litre HDi / 16 V – DV6TED4 FAP: 80 kW (˜ 110 bhp) Topping the Diesel range, this engine is fitted with a particle filter (FAP), and is particularly well equipped from a technology viewpoint. It gives the 207 a level of performance that enhances its road holding abilities. Developed from the DV6ATED4, it features in addition a variable geometry turbocharger for improved response and an «over boost» function that allows a temporary increase in torque. The maximum torque of 240 Nm at 1,750 rpm can be increased to 260 Nm, while the maximum power is 80 kW at 4,000 rpm. Fuel consumption remains very reasonable at 4.8 litre/100 km in the combined drive cycle, or 126 g/km of CO2.