posted 1 year ago
I'd wanted an RCZ ever since I first set eyes on it when it was first introduced but family practicality dictated otherwise and we remained happy with our Peugeot 607. The RCZ is roomy (for two - plenty legroom in the front with the seats right back for 6-footers like me) but just a bench seat in the rear that would fit only the dog or two young children - there's hardly any leg room with the front seats fully back and head room is limited but you don't buy a coupe/sports car for rear space - we bought ours once our son had grown up and got his own car.
At just over 14 feet long, it's a foot longer than the Audi TT and has plenty of boot space. It looks better too in my opinion being pretty striking with its sleek shape, wide track and especially the unusual Batmobile-style dinked rear window. The ride is hard but, again, you don't buy a car like this for it to wallow around but because it sticks to the road like glue, even going quickly around sharp corners. It's a pretty economical turbocharged 1.6 litre petrol engine - 156bhp - and my wife, who isn't as economical a driver as me, using the brakes a lot more than she needs to instead of easing off in advance of situations and changing up a bit too late, gets around 42-44 mph driving the 50-mile round trip into and back out of Newcastle city centre. The turbo makes it pretty quick off the mark too. Someone in the trade told me that the RCZ was designed as a BMW but BMW decided it wouldn't sell in sufficient numbers so let it became a Peugeot but whether or not that's true I do not know. Overall it's a great coupe/sports car.