Peugeot RCZ

Peugeot RCZ information: everything you need to know if you own it, are thinking of buying one or just want to find out more about Pug’s front-wheel-drive coupe. Click on the links below for all of CAR magazine’s news, reviews, videos, scoops and spy photos of the RCZ car range. We list the top five stories for each model – and where appropriate you can click on ‘More’ to browse even more of our archive. 

Background
It’s Peugeot’s TT rival, with a similar whiff of the salon about it. Certainly looks the part, with a distinctive double-bubble roof and enormous wheelarches. A choice of petrol and diesel engines drives the front wheels. Ballistic RCZ R version is a surprise masterpiece. For more information on the RCZ, click on our further stories on the links below.

60sec road test
A credible coupe effort, the RCZ manages to back its expressive styling up with a moderately involving drive. It even manages to be relatively comfortable, although does its best to spoil that by putting most of the switchgear just out of reach if you’re long of leg. The cabin in general doesn’t quite live up to the wild exterior, a legacy from the car’s previous-gen 308 roots. A facelift in 2012 got rid of the oversized corporate grille it was originally saddled with and replaced it with a fussier one instead. There’s also the RCZ R, a rather more hardcore halo model. Transformed by Peugeot Sport from fashion coupe to bona fide sports car, it squeezes 270bhp from just 1.6 litres and sends it through a Torsen mechanical limited-slip diff for serious performance and seriously engaging handling.

The one we’d buy
The R. It’s brilliant

The one we’d avoid like the plague
Coupes and diesel fuel should not go together 

Rivals to consider
Audi TT, BMW 2-series, VW Scirocco

For
Interesting to look at, plenty of personality, R version is fantastic, decent-sized boot

Against
Rubbish cabin, effete image

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