Peugeot 207 SW: First impressions

Room with a view

It might not seem like the most obvious choice for a 22 year-old with no children, but the 207 SW actually makes a lot of sense for me. Firstly, i'm in a band, which means I regularly have to carry all our equipment to gigs. Secondly I need something cheap to run and the super-economical HDi engine is capable of 60mpg.

I’ve gone for the 1.6 HDi Sport version in Shark Grey which comes with 16 inch alloys, sports seats in the front and a leather steering wheel and gearknob. However the metallic paint will set you back £375 while the Urban pack – rear parking sensors and electric folding door mirrors – comes in at £325. However these could be well worth the extra cash when it comes to those tight parking spaces in the supermarket.

Bright and spacious

The first thing that really struck me about the 207 SW was the panoramic glass sunroof. It's a really unusual feature on a small car like this, yet surprisingly is standard on all SW models. Not only does it brighten up the rather gloomy cabin but is also quite a novelty for passengers when they first get in.

The Peugeot also has the advantage of folding seats that actually lay completely flat. Although this may not be essential for the weekly shop, it will be ideal for my upcoming gigs. Next week I travel to Welwyn Garden City for a gig so we will see how it copes when it is full up with amps, guitars and a drum kit!