The Peugeot 207 Van was launched in 2007, when it replaced the 206 Van that was around since 2000.
The vehicle represented a huge step forward in terms of style and technology. But like most of the super mini vans found on today’s roads, it will be hard to consider it a genuine commercial vehicle as it’s only a van conversion based on a conventional passenger car.
The Peugeot 206 Van comes with a choice of 1.4 liter petrol, 1. 4 liter diesel and 1.6 liter diesel units. Due to its compact dimensions, rear cargo space is of course limited and such a car will appeal to couriers, florists or people who want to transport dogs or other small animals.
In the latest years Peugeot proved us that it has learned a thing or two about car designs. It’s true that the old 206 looked pretty good too, but the new 207 moves its attractive style even further as it’s style has anything it needs to be considered modern.
Up front we find a pair of slash cut headlights which flank the big Peugeot badge mounted at the front of the elongated hood. The grille is placed lower into the bumper and its curved base line gives the vehicle’s face a smiley expression. The bumper however is placed pretty low to the ground, thus adding that nice touch of aggressivity that is always welcomed.
The windscreen features the same raked angle that was typical for the old 206 model, while around the back there are two petal shaped taillights and a wide opening hatch that gives you full access to the load area.
Talking about load, Peugeot the 207 Van has its limitations offering a cargo volume of only 1.1 cubic meters with a payload capacity of 450 kg which is similar with its predecessor. The load can be safely kept in place thanks to six useful lashings and an anti slip floor.
The Peugeot 207 Van’s interior looks and feels pretty premium. Most of the old cheap plastics found at the 206 were ditched in favor of more upscale materials while the fittings seem also pretty well done as the cabin won’t start to rattle after a few thousand miles.
Judging by today’s standards the interior design isn’t as great as other vehicles in this segment, but you won’t have any complains about its functionality.
Firstly, the dash is fitted with a big glove box and a few useful cubby holes mounted into the center console, while the doors are also fitted with generous pockets.
Keeping it up with today’s ergonomy trends the center console has an intuitive layout with the HVAC controls at the bottom and the audio system on top.
The instrument panel is fitted with three round gauges and a small information display. Though, we’re not big fans of the shiny rings that surround the gauges as they look a bit cheap and fail to give the expected sporty effect. Other than that, we don’t have any complains about the cluster as all indicators are easy to read thanks to the clean layout.
The three spoke Peugeot steering wheel isn’t our first choice when it comes to style, but we’ll admit that it falls easy into hand and offers a confident grab.
The seats are also supportive and come with a wide range of adjustments. Thus legroom remains a bit of a problem as a taller driver could feel a bit cramped.
The old 206 was pretty well kitted and the 207 offers even more standard features which include a driver airbag, passenger and side airbags, ABS brakes with emergency brake assist, electric front windows and adjustable steering column.
On the options list you’ll find ESP traction control, cruise control, air conditioning, CD autochanger and a full length load cover.
Engines and performance
The Peugeot 207 van is available with one petrol and two diesel units. The 1.4 liter petrol developed 75 hp, while the diesel units had maximum outputs of 68 hp and 90 hp.
Even the weakest engines are fairly capable to deal effortless with the requirements of the city traffic and they have plenty of punch to keep you satisfied even when the van is fully loaded. The top of the range diesel has a maximum torque of 215 Nm at 1750 and offers a pretty brisk acceleration being also able to keep it up with both city and highway driving without any problems.
All engines are mated on a five speed manual gearbox which offers smooth changes and is quite refined.
Peugeot 207 Van Specifications
|1.4 petrol||75 @ 5400||118 @ 3300|
|1. 4 diesel||68 @4000||160 @ 1750|
|1.6 diesel||90 @ 4000||215 @ 1750|
Ride and handling
Compared to the passenger version, the Peugeot 207 Van has a stiffer ride. On the other hand, the vehicle handles well and it’s pretty safe in corners too. The body roll is also perfectly kept in check and the car has good overall road manners.
Navigating through city streets, the 207 Van will prove as docile as any passenger car, and its compact dimensions are also working in its favor making it fairly agile in congested traffic situations.
The stopping power is assured by discs at the front and drums at the rear. For extra safety there is also offered a standard ABS system.
The Peugeot 207 Van continues the same story as the 206 model. Peugeot had sharpened up the already luscious 206 styling, thrown in a host of new features and, most tantalizingly, dropping a bigger, more powerful diesel engine into the mix.
The result looks promising and the vehicle is also keeping the faultless handling and ride qualities found at the previous generation which make it a joy to be driven around town.