The driving position – an old 206 failing – is good in the left-hookers too, so there’s hope for right-drivers.
Mechanically the 207 is a mix of old and new. It rides on a fresh platform, and has new suspension too – MacPherson strut up front, and a twist beam axle at the rear, a cost-saving solution that may compromise the Peugeot’s manners.
The initial range of engines is familiar, starting with a 75bhp 1.4 and running to 90bhp and 110bhp 1.6s, these all petrol. At the end of the year a sophisticated new 1.6 petrol, developed in collaboration with BMW – which appears to have done most of the engineering and will use it in the next Mini – will appear, in 115bhp, 150bhp and 171bhp outputs, the last two turbos.
Diesels include a 70bhp 1.4 HDi, and 90bhp and 110bhp 1.6 HDis. All these drive through five-speed boxes, but the new 1.6 petrol will be available with a six-speeder.
Besides the upgraded trim and generally better quality levels, the 207 is available with many more big car features, including a fragrance dispenser, colour-screen sat-nav, a large, fixed-pane glass roof, an excellent JBL hi-fi system, cruise control, tyre pressure sensors, dual zone climate control and Bluetooth connectivity.
The question, though, is whether this 207 is a whole lot better to drive than the 206, and whether it recaptures some of the verve of the old 205.