Peugeot has quite a history when it comes to small cars. By the time of the launch of this modern day 207 supermini, it had built over 13.2 million 20-series cars, starting with the little 201 back in 1929, each bigger and more sophisticated than the last. Real success first came with the 205, launched in 1983, and things got even better fifteen years later with the 206, a car that was to sell over five million units worldwide. In 2006, the onus fell upon the model we look at here, the 207.
Older superminis of the 206's era were mainly urban runabouts, a role now devolved to small sub-supermini citycars like Peugeot's own 107. All of which meant that conventional superminis like this one had now to push up-market. They had to be bigger, yet still chic and compact. They had to be refined and supple enough for long trips as well as short ones. And they had to offer the kind of features previously limited to much bigger cars. On paper at least, the 207 seemed, like its main rivals, to tick all of these boxes. To help it stand apart, Peugeot improved the car quite significantly in 2010. Here's what to look for when shopping used.