Without being too unkind, Peugeot is, how can I put this, not currently the first port of call for car enthusiasts. Unfortunately for the French car maker a lot of the flack it receives is down to the fact the cars it used to build were too good.

I mean, if Peugeot had always made mediocre cars no one would notice if one of its models didn’t make the grade. But because it is responsible for a string of gems like the 205 GTI, 106 GTI, 306 Rallye, I could go on, it is a shame the firm is not still on the money when it comes to hot hatches.

It is nice therefore to see what appears to be a potentially class-leading car being rolled out from Peugeot almost passing under the radar. On paper at least the new 207 Economique seems like a winner.

It’s cheaper than the current Polo Bluemotion, emits the same 99g/km (less than the last Toyota Prius) but has more power and more torque from a bigger engine, which is impressive.