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Peugeot RCZ: Buying guide and review (2010-2015)

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Over the course of its long history, Peugeot has produced some of France’s most iconic and well-loved automobiles. After a slightly dull patch following the highs of the 1990s, the 308 RCZ concept car of 2007 – with its swoopy coupe lines and double bubble roof – showed that Peugeot could still produce a stunning car. Public response for this concept proved to be extremely positive, with the RCZ finally going on sale in 2010, winning praise and awards from journalists, and selling relatively strongly throughout its production run. It was a welcome return to form.

Convertible and hybrid versions were contemplated, but while it was only ever offered in coupe form the RCZ’s unique styling and well resolved handling made it stand out from the competition. Production ended in 2015, and with Peugeot focusing on its core models, a direct replacement is unlikely. But that shouldn’t stop you enjoying a used bargain, and now may well be the perfect time to buy a used example. 
 

Which RCZ to buy?

 
The RCZ range was limited to three petrol and one diesel engine option, all powering the front wheels. The petrol versions were equipped with the PSA family of 1.6 litre turbocharged engines, and were initially available in either 154bhp or 197bhp flavours. A notchy but effective six-speed manual was standard across the range, while the lower powered petrol variants could be specified with a six-speed automatic. 

Need a bit more performance? The RCZ-R came along in 2013, pushing an impressive 267bhp through its front wheels, via a limited slip differential. This was a serious performance machine, with 0-62mph dispatched in under 6 seconds – all from a turbocharged 1.6-litre engine. 

A 165bhp diesel version was also offered which was actually quicker in gear than the base petrol and offered the best fuel consumption in the range. Specification levels were generous with Sport and GT spec levels available from the outset. Limited editions such as the Asphalt (500 units), Magnetic (170 units) and Red Carbon (300 units) were introduced during production and featured unique interior and exterior trim, drivetrain components remained unmodified. 

Despite the rather ordinary McPherson strut/torsen beam suspension setup that was shared with the 308, a number of detail changes imbued the RCZ with direct and sporty handling characteristics far removed from its stablemates. Larger alloys tend to crash a bit over bumps but ride is generally good for a sporty car. Interior space was great in the front, but extremely cramped for rear passengers, while trim quality was considered adequate but not quite up to the best in class. On the other hand, boot space and fuel efficiency were right up there.

The pick of the range has got to be the 200 THP petrol variant, offering more than adequate performance and excellent handling, you can search for one of the limited edition version for a touch of added exclusivity.
 

Performance and specs

 
Peugeot RCZ 200 THP
Engine 1598cc 16 valve DOHC I4 
Power 197bhp @ 5800 rpm 
Torque 203lb ft @ 1400rpm
Top speed 144 mph 
0-62mph 7.6 seconds 
Fuel consumption 40.9mpg 
Gearbox six-speed manual
 

Dimensions and weight

 
Wheelbase 2612mm
Length 4278mm
Width 1845mm
Height 1359mm
Weight 1372kg
 

Common problems

 
• The RCZ range has proven to be very reliable so far on the whole. Granted, the oldest cars are only six years old, but thanks to tried and tested underpinnings and running gear, recurring issues are thankfully mostly absent.

• Petrol engines are PSA units, jointly designed with BMW. One potential issue to beware of is a noisy timing chain, caused by a failing tensioner. The problem is well documented, and known to specialists. Listen out for a rattling sound from the engine. If caught early, it’s a relatively simple fix, but it can cause significant damage if left to develop. 

• Diesel engines are tried and tested Peugeot units

• Instrument displays in some cars developed lighting faults, but this should have been fixed under warranty. It’s worth checking if the car you are considering was affected

• Brakes are more than up to the job, however there have been complaints of squeaky units – which are not always easy to resolve

• Electronic niggles were the most common fault mentioned by owners, generally resolved by the dealers but it is worth checking that everything is working – especially as some cars have potentially been out of the dealer network for a couple of years. 

• The Sat Nav came in for some criticism for being difficult to operate and a bit outdated.

• A set of the standard fitment Michelin Primacy 3 tyres can be quite expensive, but most other consumable items are reasonably priced.
 

Model history

 
2010: RCZ launched initially available in Sport and GT spec levels with one petrol engine in two states of tune (197bhp and 154bhp) and one diesel engine producing 165bhp. Six-speed gearbox standard across the range with a 6 speed automatic optional only on the 154bhp petrol.
2011: Asphalt specification level introduced featuring unique alloys, sat nav and interior sports kit (500 units built)
2013: RCZ range receives mild facelift, and 267bhp RCZ R goes on sale. RCZ Magnetic edition launched with 170 units built, only available with the 154bhp petrol and diesel powertrains.
2014: RCZ Red Carbon edition launched – 300 units built
2015: Final RCZ produced with no direct replacement planned
 

Owners clubs, forums and websites

 
www.peugeotrczforum.co.ukRCZ specific forum
peugeotownersclub.org.ukPeugeot Owners Club
 

Summary and prices

 
The RCZ was discontinued in 2015, but there is still a large variety of low-mileage RCZs on the market. Earliest 2010 models starting from around £7000, you can grab a genuine bargain. 

A 2012 RCZ 200 THP 197bhp petrol model will set you back around £11,000, and pricing does not vary much (except the RCZ R) between the diesel and petrol cars, regardless of gearbox or power output. That means that it is only worth going for the 154bhp petrol model if an automatic gearbox is a must, or you need a lower output for insurance reasons. Special editions may command a small premium, and are worthwhile for the additional spec levels they offer. 

The very rare RCZ R starts at around £16,000, rising to about £20,000 for the last low mileage cars. At this price point it makes a lot more sense than it did when new. 

Whichever model you choose, the RCZ is a fantastic little coupe, providing the kind of engaging driving experience that will make you want to take it out just for the fun of it. It also stands out from the crowd, offering a sense of exclusivity that no Audi TT ever could. 

Words: John Tallodi
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Last updated: 1st Sep 2016
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  • Peugeot RCZ

    £12,995 £12,995

    Variant name:THP GT ,Derivative:MK1 (Ph1) (T75) ,Variant: 1.6 THP GT 2Dr Coupe

    • Year: 2013
    • Mileage: 13807 mi
    • Engine size: 1.6
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  • Peugeot RCZ

    £16,995 £16,995

    Air Conditioning, Bluetooth, Climate Control, Colour SatNav, Comms Pack, Full Leather, Memory Seats, Powered Folding Mirrors, Xenon Headlamps, Alarm, Anti-Theft System, Immobiliser, Privacy Glass, Remote Central Locking, Colour Coded Interior, Electric Seats, Front Centre Armrest, Head Restraints, Heated Seats, Height Adjustable Seat, Sports Seats, Rear Headrests, Adjustable Steering Column, Cruise Control, Parking Sensors, Power Steering, Stability Control, Traction Control, Trip Computer, ABS, Brake Assist, Multiple Airbags, Auto Lighting, Colour Coded Body, Front Fog Lamps, Headlamp Jetwash, Metallic Paintwork, Rear Spoiler, Auto-dip Rearview, Automatic Electric Windows, Electric Mirrors, CD Player, MP3 Player, Radio, Steering Wheel Audio Controls This fabulous and very rare Limited Edition GT-LINE RCZ has a massive specification and looks incredible. It has a full service history from new and extremely low mileage. Satellite Navigation, Phone, Cruise Control, Dual Exit Exhaust, Special Order Interior and much more. A truly outstanding car and incredible value at this price...

    • Mileage: 11706 mi
    • Engine size: 1997
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  • Peugeot RCZ

    £12,699 £12,699

    Climate Control, Full Leather, iPod Connectivity, Powered Folding Mirrors, Rain-Sensing Wipers, Xenon Headlamps, Privacy Glass, Colour Coded Interior, Electric Seats, Heated Seats, Lumbar Adjustment, Multi-function Steering Wheel, Parking Sensors, Isofix, Colour Coded Body, Metallic Paintwork, Rear Spoiler, Electric Mirrors, Electric Windows, Steering Wheel Audio Controls, Non Smoker, Low Mileage, UK Specification, UK Supplied, Alloy wheels, Full service history This Vehicle is available to view at any one of our RAC Approved branches. For more information and to arrange a test drive please contact the Bishops Stortford branch on 01279 656000 or alternatively Kings Langley on 01923 270000. Part exchange welcome, Finance available regardless of your credit rating, all our cars are Hpi checked and are supplied with upto 3 years RAC Platinum Warranty and RAC GAP Insurance Available, We are a private company with over 30 years experience within the motor trade. Situated in Bishop's Stortford only 15 mins from JCT 27 on the M25 or 5 mins from JCT 8 on the M11 all of our cars are hpi checked and come with a comprehensive warranty., www.totallytradedirect.co.uk

    • Mileage: 40000 mi
    • Engine size: 1997
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  • Peugeot RCZ

    £9,995 £9,995

    Climate Control, Full Leather, Memory Seats, Heated Seats, Electric Seats, Front & Rear Parking Sensors, Cruise Control, CD Player, Powered Folding Mirrors, Remote Central Locking, Front Centre Armrest, Head Restraints, Height Adjustable Seat, Rear Headrests, Adjustable Steering Column, Power Steering, ABS, Multiple Airbags, Front Fog Lamps, Electric Windows, Immobiliser, Alloy wheels, Service history LARGE SELECTION OF OVER 75 VEHICLES ALWAYS IN STOCK, OPEN 7 DAYS, PX WELCOME, FINANCE AVAILABLE, 12 MONTHS MOT... www.maidstoneautocentre.co.uk, FOR FULL DETAILS AND MULTIPLE PICTURES PLEASE VISIT..www.maidstoneautocentre.co.uk

    • Mileage: 44000 mi
    • Engine size: 1598
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  • Peugeot RCZ

    £12,799 £12,799

    Variant name:THP GT ,Derivative:MK1 (Ph1) (T75) ,Variant: 1.6 THP GT 2 DOOR COUPE, SAT NAV, LEATHER MEMORY SEATS, FRONT AND REAR PARKING SENSORS, BLUETOOTH, CRUISE CONTROL, AIR CON, ALLOYS THIS CAR HAS BEEN HAND PICKED BY STEBBINGS, FULLY VALETED TO THE HIGHEST STANDARD! IT COMES SUPPLIED WITH UPTO DATE SERVICE HISTORY , HPI CHECKED AND CLEAR. PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO VIEW OVER 500 MORE VEHICLES! LOW RATE FINANCE AND PART EXCHANGE AVAILABLE. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained, however, errors may occur. Do not rely entirely on this information but confirm with us about items which may affect your decision to purchase.

    • Year: 2013
    • Mileage: 8278 mi
    • Engine size: 1.6
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  • Peugeot RCZ

    £17,495 £17,495

    No service history Cruise Control,Driver/Passenger Heated Seats,Electronic Stability Programme,Anti-Lock Brakes,Bluetooth Interface Telephone Equipment,Automatic Air Conditioning,Alarm,Driver, Passenger And Front Side Air Bags,Two Seats - Rear Seat - ISOFIX Anchorage Point,Rear Windows Tinted Glass,Front Electric Windows,Rear Parking Aid,Remote Central Door Locking,Electronic Brake Force Distribution,Trip Computer,Power-Assisted Steering,Rake/Reach Adjustable Steering Column/Wheel,Steering Wheel Leather,Rear Spoiler,Immobiliser,Rain Sensor,Heated Rear Screen,Body Coloured Bumpers,Automatic Dimming Rear View Mirrors Internal,Centre Console,Front Seats Sports,Front/Rear Head Restraints,Tyre Repair Kit,Leather interior, Call us today about the finance options on this vehicle. Part exchanges welcome.

    • Mileage: 14831 mi
    • Engine size: 1997
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  • Peugeot RCZ

    £13,995 £13,995

    No service history Cruise Control,Driver/Passenger Heated Seats,Electronic Stability Programme,Anti-Lock Brakes,Bluetooth Interface Telephone Equipment,Automatic Air Conditioning,Alarm,Driver, Passenger And Front Side Air Bags,Two Seats - Rear Seat - ISOFIX Anchorage Point,Rear Windows Tinted Glass,Front Electric Windows,Rear Parking Aid,Remote Central Door Locking,Electronic Brake Force Distribution,Trip Computer,Power-Assisted Steering,Rake/Reach Adjustable Steering Column/Wheel,Steering Wheel Leather,Rear Spoiler,Immobiliser,Rain Sensor,Heated Rear Screen,Body Coloured Bumpers,Automatic Dimming Rear View Mirrors Internal,Centre Console,Front Seats Sports,Front/Rear Head Restraints,Tyre Repair Kit,Leather interior, Call us today about the finance options on this vehicle. Part exchanges welcome.

    • Mileage: 21722 mi
    • Engine size: 1598
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  • Peugeot RCZ

    £11,995 £11,995

    No service history Cruise Control,Electronic Stability Programme,Anti-Lock Brakes,Automatic Air Conditioning,Bluetooth Interface Telephone Equipment,18In Alloy Wheels,Alarm,Driver, Passenger And Front Side Air Bags,Two Seats - Rear Seat - ISOFIX Anchorage Point,Rear Windows Tinted Glass,Front Electric Windows,Rear Parking Aid,Remote Central Door Locking,Electronic Brake Force Distribution,Trip Computer,Power-Assisted Steering,Rake/Reach Adjustable Steering Column/Wheel,Steering Wheel Leather,Rear Spoiler,Immobiliser,Rain Sensor,Heated Rear Screen,Body Coloured Bumpers,Automatic Dimming Rear View Mirrors Internal,Centre Console,Front Seats Sports,Front/Rear Head Restraints,Tyre Repair Kit,Radio/CD/MP3,Cloth interior, Call us today about the finance options on this vehicle. Part exchanges welcome.

    • Mileage: 21845 mi
    • Engine size: 1598
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  • Peugeot RCZ

    £12,795 £12,795

    No service history Cruise Control,Driver/Passenger Heated Seats,Electronic Stability Programme,Anti-Lock Brakes,Bluetooth Interface Telephone Equipment,Automatic Air Conditioning,19In Alloy Wheels,Alarm,Driver, Passenger And Front Side Air Bags,Two Seats - Rear Seat - ISOFIX Anchorage Point,Rear Windows Tinted Glass,Front Electric Windows,Rear Parking Aid,Remote Central Door Locking,Electronic Brake Force Distribution,Trip Computer,Power-Assisted Steering,Rake/Reach Adjustable Steering Column/Wheel,Steering Wheel Leather,Rear Spoiler,Immobiliser,Rain Sensor,Heated Rear Screen,Body Coloured Bumpers,Automatic Dimming Rear View Mirrors Internal,Centre Console,Front Seats Sports,Front/Rear Head Restraints,Tyre Repair Kit,Radio/CD/MP3,Leather interior, Call us today about the finance options on this vehicle. Part exchanges welcome.

    • Mileage: 18592 mi
    • Engine size: 1598
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  • Peugeot RCZ

    £14,500 £14,500

    Full Leather, Climate Control, Powered Folding Mirrors, Rain-Sensing Wipers, Front Fog Lamps, Trip Computer, Auto Lighting, Remote Central Locking, Heated Seats, Electric Windows, Electric Seats, Multiple Airbags, ABS, Traction Control, CD Player, Parking Sensors, Anti-Theft System, Alloy wheels

    • Mileage: 16000 mi
    • Engine size: 1598
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  • Peugeot RCZ

    £14,990 £14,990

    Variant name:HDI MAGNETIC FAP ,Derivative:MK1 (Ph2) (T75) ,Variant: HDI MAGNETIC FAP (Full Peugeot History, Full Oxblood Leather, Heated Seats, Sat Nav, Limited Edition) Stunning looking car which looks much better in the flesh! Just one owner from new with Peugeot Service History. PART EXCHANGE WELCOME!, 6 months warranty, Next MOT due 26/08/2017, Last serviced on 26/04/2016 at 30,216 miles, Full dealership history, Full leather interior, Peugeot Connect Navigation (RT6), Heated Front Seats, Cruise Control and Speed Limiter, Rear Parking Aid, Automatic Dual Zone Air Conditioning, Front Parking Aid, Automatic Wipers, Ultrasonic Alarm (Thatcham Category 1 Approved), Metallic or Pearlescent Paint, Electric Front Windows with Anti Pinch Feature, Magnetic Leather, Handsfree Bluetooth Kit, Rear Tinted Windows - Venus Grey 40perc, Alloy Wheels - 19in Sortilege Onyx Matt Black, Airbags, Power steering, Remote Control Central Locking, Electric door mirrors. 4 seats, Black, Your part exchange very welcome; we are always looking for stock! Stunning, one owner car with low mileage and Peugeot history. Great spec with Sat Nav, Bluetooth and Heated Leather plus the gorgeous Black Alloys!, Car will be sold with 6 months warranty backed by The Hughes Group., Hughes Selection is part of the privately owned Hughes Group that represents Mercedes-Benz, Smart, Mazda, Skoda, Seat, Chrysler Jeep, Peugeot and commercial vehicles both retail and fleet. We take in over 1000 part exchanges per year, and carefully select the best ones to retail

    • Year: 2013
    • Mileage: 35347 mi
    • Engine size: 2
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  • Peugeot RCZ

    £14,495 £14,495

    No service history Satellite Navigation,Cruise Control,Driver/Passenger Heated Seats,Electronic Stability Programme,Anti-Lock Brakes,Bluetooth Interface Telephone Equipment,Automatic Air Conditioning,19In Alloy Wheels,Alarm,Driver, Passenger And Front Side Air Bags,Rear Windows Tinted Glass,Front Electric Windows,Rear Parking Aid,Remote Central Door Locking,Electronic Brake Force Distribution,Trip Computer,Power-Assisted Steering,Rake/Reach Adjustable Steering Column/Wheel,Steering Wheel Leather,Rear Spoiler,Immobiliser,Rain Sensor,Electric Driver/Passenger Seat Height Adjustment,Front Fog Lights,Heated Rear Screen,Body Coloured Bumpers,Electric Heated/Folding Door Mirrors,Automatic Dimming Rear View Mirrors Internal,Centre Console,Front Seats Sports,Sports Gear Lever,Front/Rear Head Restraints,Radio/CD/MP3,Leather interior, Call us today about the finance options on this vehicle. Part exchanges welcome.

    • Mileage: 45921 mi
    • Engine size: 1997
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  • Peugeot RCZ

    £9,750 £9,750

    Air Conditioning, Dual Climate Zones, Full Leather, Adjustable Steering Column, Parking Sensors, Multi-function Steering Wheel, Powered Folding Mirrors, Memory Seats, Rain-Sensing Wipers, Isofix, Multiple Airbags, Alarm, Remote Alarm, Locking Wheel Nuts, Auto Lighting, Colour Coded Body, CD Player, Steering Wheel Audio Controls, Electric Seats, Front Centre Armrest, Heated Seats, Height Adjustable Seat, Metallic Paintwork, Rear Spoiler, Auxiliary Input, Finance Available, Part Exchange Available, Supplied with Warranty AZ Autos present for sale a 2011 Peugeot RCZ GT THP 200 in Opal White. One of the best-looking cars to ever come from the French car maker, it''s already proved something of a hit. Striking a balance between style and practicality, comfort and handling and value versus premium feel, the RCZ is Peugeot''s answer to the Audi TT and VW''s Scirocco and what a response it is. Utilizing just a 1.6 engine, the RCZ boasts 200bhp giving the vehicle a substantial amount of grunt but at the same time being able to achieve great fuel consumption. Our RCZ is in a great condition both aesthetically and mechanically with a full service history with services carried out at 14k, 27k, 47k and 59k miles with a replacement drivebelt and water pump upon its delivery by ourselves. A very clean car and a fun drive to match.You can also reserve this car for 48 hours with a £150 refundable deposit. Good Credit, Poor Credit or even No Credit, We work with lenders to get you the best rates. Click to our website and apply for finance with a decision in 60 seconds. Only RAC Approved Dealers offer RAC BuySure; a guarantee that all of our vehicles have been prepared to the RAC 82 point approved preparation standard and come with: A Car Data Check, a minimum 3 months RAC Warranty, 12 months RAC Breakdown Cover and RAC Accident Care. Buy from us with confidence. Please check our website for warranty options and why not try our part exchange valuation tool?

    • Mileage: 59120 mi
    • Engine size: 1598
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  • PEUGEOT RCZ THP GT COUPE 2010

    £7,995 £7,995

    Haria Grey Metallic, 156 BHP, 16 Inch Alloy Wheels, ABS, Auto Lights And Wipers, Air Conditioning, Bluetooth, CD Player, Central Locking, Centre Arm Rest, Climate Control, Colour Coded Bumpers, Cruise Control With Speed Limiter, Electric Door Mirrors, Electric Seats With Memory Function, Electrically Adjustable Rear Spoiler, Electric Windows, Front and Rear Parking Sensors, Front Fog Lights, Heated Front Seats, IPod Auxiliary Socket, Isofix Seat Points, Leather Trim, Multiple Airbags, Power Steering, Service History, Six Speed Gearbox, Sports Seats, Switchable Airbags, Traction Control, ONLY 53000 MILES, FINANCE AVAILABLE ON ALL VEHICLES, PLEASE ASK FOR DETAILS

    • Mileage: 53000 mi
    • Engine size: 1.598
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  • Peugeot RCZ

    £12,990 £12,990

    Heated Seats, Cruise Control, Electric Seats, Electric Windows, Parking Sensors, Full service history Peugeot RCZ 1.6 THP GT 2dr 6 Speed Manual Registered in January 2014 finished in Dolphin Blue with a Full Light Grey ''Lama'' Leather, 19 Inch Technical Alloys, Electric Front Heated Seats, CD Player with AUX and USB Connections, Power Folding Mirrors, Automatic Wipers, Automatic Headlights, Front and Rear Parking Sensors, Electric Front Windows, Air Conditioning, Electric Rear Spoiler, Service History at Yeomans Peugeot East Sussex on 07/11/2014 at 3573 miles, Robins & Day Maidstone on 20/01/2016 at 25203 miles. Finance available on request - subject to status and terms. Ask about our Company Directors packages. Fully Valeted; UK Wide Delivery Available; Part Exchange Welcome.

    • Mileage: 35000 mi
    • Engine size: 1598
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  • Peugeot RCZ

    £9,999 £9,999

    Air Conditioning, Full Leather, Alarm, Central Locking, Immobiliser, Remote Central Locking, Colour Coded Interior, Cruise Control, Power Steering, ABS, Air Bag, Multiple Airbags, Colour Coded Body, Electric Mirrors, Electric Front Windows, CD Player, Radio, 12 Months Mot, Alloy wheels, Full service history

    • Mileage: 45000 mi
    • Engine size: 1598
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