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Peugeot RCZ 2.0 HDI Sport 163

Peugeot RCZ 2.0 HDI Sport 163

Peugeot RCZ 2.0 HDI Sport 163

What is it?

PEUGEOT’S answer to the Audi TT. Stunning RCZ was a hit when it was unveiled at the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show – now it’s leapt from the show stand to the showroom pretty much untouched. Engines include two 1.6-litre turbo petrols with either 156bhp or 200bhp. The Peugeot RCZ is tested here in most business-friendly form – the 163bhp 2.0-litre HDi, priced from £22,695.

What’s hot?

  • That concept car shape. With a stunning ‘double-bubble’ roof…
  • …and metal rails, this coupe turns heads like few others
  • Huge expanses of glass let in plenty of light
  • Smooth, refined diesel offers lots of punch with 0-60mph in nine seconds
  • And plenty of in-gear response for easy overtaking
  • Returns 53mpg and emits just 132g/km of CO2
  • So useful for business car fleets and company car drivers
  • Company car tax rating only 20% in 2011/12
  • Chassis isn’t short of grip or agility
  • Decent-sized boot

What’s not?

  • While the rear looks incredible, the front just looks like a Peugeot
  • Rear seats are tiny…treat them as extra luggage space
  • Weighty diesel engine makes steering heavy, lacks feel too
  • Cabin feels like a more glitzy 308…
  • …and that big clock on the dash is just naff

What you need to Know?

P11D Value:22,530
Monthly Rental*:329 (CH)/£395 (PCH)
Tax Band when posted:19%, 20%, 21%
Monthly BiK:Click link for BIK
Engine:2.0-litre 4cyl turbo
CO2 Emissions:139g/km
Power/torque:165PS/320Nm
Economy:53.2mpg

Monthly contract hire (CH) and personal contract hire (PCH) rentals generated by Concept Vehicle Leasing. Based on a 36 month lease at 10,000 miles a year, 3+35 payments.

Business Car Manager Road Test Rating

At long last, here’s a Peugeot that’s really desirable. New RCZ boasts concept car looks and and makes the TT look dull. It may not be as high quality as its German rival and the driving experience isn’t as polished, but there’s plenty to like about the newcomer. What’s more, this diesel version will cost little to run too.

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