Skip advert
Advertisement

Peugeot RCZ 1.6 THP 156 review

Entry-level version of Peugeot's Audi TT rival, the RCZ. What's the THP 156 like to drive?

Evo rating
Price
from £20,450
  • Those looks
  • Vague steering, leggy gearing

In the same way that it almost doesn’t matter whether or not Cameron Diaz is capable of winning an Oscar, it sort of doesn’t matter whether the double-bubbled RCZ drives with aplomb. The looks are so stunning that so long as the rest of the package isn’t terrible, most people will be happy.

Advertisement - Article continues below

The turbocharged 1.6-litre motor (developed by BMW and Peugeot) is punchy but slightly hobbled by very long gearing. Being able to do over 100mph in third seems slightly ridiculous when it will only reach 62mph after 8 seconds.

The base car’s chassis lacks the lower bracing bar of the 197bhp version but it nonetheless has oodles of grip. Understeer and oversteer simply aren’t on the menu. The steering has just enough weight but lacks real feel, and when you really push the RCZ into a corner you seem to have to make two stabs with the wheel despite the clean path scribed by the tyres underneath you. Best to just flow down the road smoothly and serenely, which the RCZ does very well. Certainly well enough.

Specifications

EngineIn-line 4-cyl, 1598cc, turbo
Max power156bhp @ 5800rpm
Max torque180lb ft @ 1400-4500rpm
0-608.0sec (claimed)
Top speed133mph (claimed)
Skip advert
Advertisement
Skip advert
Advertisement

Most Popular

Alfa Romeo 4C – the car world's greatest misses
Alfa Romeo 4C
Features

Alfa Romeo 4C – the car world's greatest misses

It had stunning looks and promising hardware, but somehow the 4C didn’t add up to the sum of its parts
20 Jun 2024
Cupra Leon Estate VZ3 2024 review – Cupra’s rival to the Mercedes-AMG CLA35 Shooting Brake
Cupra Leon Estate VZ3
Reviews

Cupra Leon Estate VZ3 2024 review – Cupra’s rival to the Mercedes-AMG CLA35 Shooting Brake

The Cupra Leon has been updated to match its Golf GTI and Audi S3 cousins, bringing more power, a refreshed design and a welcome dynamic edge to the h…
23 Jun 2024
Bugatti Tourbillon revealed – the 1775bhp, V16-engined Chiron successor is here
Bugatti Tourbillon – front
News

Bugatti Tourbillon revealed – the 1775bhp, V16-engined Chiron successor is here

With a naturally aspirated V16, a new carbon chassis and a 273mph top speed Bugatti’s latest hypercar has the GMA T.50 in its sights
20 Jun 2024