Boo. Members of the Peugeot RCZ forum, www.peugeotrczforum.co.uk, are planning a Yorkshire Meet to chinwag over shared experiences with their cars and enjoy the camaraderie that comes with driving something a bit interesting and out of the norm.
It is taking place in Yorkshire, with a remote stone-built 16th century pub as the picturesque venue. This is located at the highest point of the North York Moors National Park, at an elevation of 1,325 feet, with what the landlord describes as ‘breathtaking views over Rosedale and Farndale’. It is happening in May, and involves a pub lunch followed by a convoy drive over the beautiful North York Moors. So far, so excellent. It sounds right up my street. A nice long drive and a convivial gathering. The RCZ and I must join in, to enjoy the shared enthusiasm for the bum-roofed Peugeot (blame one J Clarkson for that description…), soak up the scenery and a soft drink or two, and relish a canter over the wild moorland. Ah, there is a snag to all this. By the time it happens, our Diesel Car RCZ will be on its way to pastures new, its time with us is coming to an end. There is only a month or so to go before we say goodbye to the sporty Peugeot, and it is making me feel uncharacteristically glum. There is something very beguiling about the curvy little French sports coupé, with its mouthy grille, ski-slope roof and chunky rump. It exudes chic confidence with its signature roof arches. I have long been a fan of its looks, but before living with it as a long-term companion, I hadn’t realised what a practical proposition it would be.
I have enthused before now over the RCZ’s roomy and usefully square-shaped boot concealed under that pert tail. But even after all the time we have lived with the car, putting more than 7,000 miles under its wheels since its arrival last April, I still find myself surprised by the amount of cargo it will carry. From the outside, and with the swoopy silhouette, you would not imagine how much space is awaiting back there for all your on-the-move clobber. The current boot contents include an overnight suitcase yet to be decanted, my gym bag, a box of winter self-help kit that as a longer-in-tooth driver I always carry in the car through the darker months, and eight bags of early spring clean chuck-out awaiting removal at the local charity shop. The RCZ’s boot is 309 litres, which may not sound huge, but is actually three-quarters the size of a Skoda Yeti’s, and 58 litres bigger than a Nissan Juke’s. Nobody who sees me unloading the boot can quite believe how much comes out of it. The only trouble is, that big square trunk is an encouragement to carry around more than is strictly necessary, which as we all know is a blight on the car’s fuel economy. Memo to self: for the last month of its time with us, empty the RCZ’s boot and give its mpg a bit of a boost. Will it work? Watch this space…
|Whats Hot:||The windscreen wipers sweep like curtains, rather than the more usual way of being synchronised in the same direction, which keeps the screen edges clearer.|
|Whats Not:||Itís handy having a boot release on the key fob, but it merely unlatches the bootlid, but doesnít make it rise open automatically.|
|Date arrived:||8th April 2013|
|Mileage to date:||11,905 miles|
|Fuel consumption:||53.2mpg (official combined)
47.4mpg (on test)