2009 Peugeot 307 | new car review

Posted on Jun 19, 2009 by

The 307 is a small family car produced by the French manufacturer since 2002. It was awarded the 2002 ‘European Car of the Year’ award. When it first appeared to replace the 306, the 307’s most notable feature was its expansive windscreen and aerodynamic appearance. The 307 is available in three styles – hatch, wagon and a funky -cabriolet.

The 307’s platform is a development of its predecessors’, and is shared with sister company’s Citroën Xsara (and its ZX predecessor). However, the car is much larger than the 306 in every direction. The 307 continues the company’s styling theme first seen on the Peugeot 206 and Peugeot 607. With upswept front lights and a steeply rising bonnet leading to a highly sloped windscreen, the 307 was a huge departure from its predecessor.

In 2005, the 307 was revised to meet the onslaught of rivals which had been launched since the 307’s introduction in 2002. Externally, the front of the car was restyled featuring mildy revised lights, a new bonnet and the removal of the trademark Peugeot grille between the headlights. With the latter change, along with a new front bumper, the front of the car was now dominated by a larger air intake, as first established on the Peugeot 407, and which was now effectively the company’s new ‘grille’. Internally, the dashboard design remains the same but new, higher quality, materials are used throughout. There is more than a tinge of French style and substance in this car and this is more than emphasised in the funky 307CC’s interior.

 

 

The 307 is available in the Middle East with two engine variants: a 1.6-litre with 110 bhp and a 2.0-litre with 138 bhp. Both engines are available with a standard 5-speed manual gearbox or a 4-speed automatic gearbox with a Porsche Tiptronic Control System on CC models.

Body Type/Stationwagon/Coupe-Cabriolet
Price (in AED)49,900-97,000
Engine (litre)1.62.0
Power (bhp)110138
Torque (Nm)147200
Transmission5M/4A5M/4A

 

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