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Peugeot 108 Review

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heycar review

      Launch year
      2014
      Body type
      City car
      Fuel type
      Petrol
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“Small car, even smaller bills”

Best bits

  • Cheap to buy and cheap to run
  • Mature driving experience
  • Strong specification

Not so great

  • Rear seat space limited
  • Just one engine option
  • Ineffective automatic gearbox

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Overall verdict

"City cars might be small on the outside and have a price tag to match, but many buyers have outsized expectations for these urban warriors. Not so long ago the cheapest car in a manufacturer’s range would be a constant reminder that you were a cheapskate. Today no city car worth consideration comes without the option of touchscreen infotainment, alloy wheels and motorway ability."

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Peugeot has a deserved reputation for producing good small cars stretching back decades, but the current 108 and previous 107 both owe a great deal to partners Toyota and Citroen. All three collaborated on the project, producing three cars that were differentiated only by their badge and looks.


Helping to keep the cost down is a relatively choice-free range. There is a single (petrol) engine option, three- or five-door bodyshells and a choice of one manual and one automatic gearbox. There are other cost savings too, like rear windows that are hinged rather than rolling down, even on five-door models, but money has been spent in the right places - this is an inexpensive car, not a cheap one.


Despite its super-compact exterior dimensions, the space inside might come as a surprise. Up front in particular there is all the room you could reasonably wish for, with plenty of legroom and lots of headroom thanks to the tall body shape. It’s a little less impressive in the back of course - you can squeeze a couple of adults in there but they won’t be happy about it, while boot space is on a par with key rivals.


The standard specification of the 108 is also a surprise, offering more equipment than you might expect at this price point. Your £12,580 gets you remote central locking, a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system that includes a DAB radio and Bluetooth as well as screen mirroring, LED, daytime running lights and air conditioning, which is enough to make the 108 feel like something a bit more expensive.


Your £12,000 also pays for the 108’s 1.0-litre, three-cylinder engine. Its 72PS might not sound like much, but the 108 weighs a piffling 840kg - a full 120kg less than the bigger 208 - so it’s far from underpowered. Wind it all the way up and it will hit 99mph, which as the law says, is more than enough, and the engine’s willingness and spirit is a part of the car’s charm. It also sips fuel in the process.


The 108 is capable out on the road too. Although clearly best suited to the bumps and tight spaces of city life, it is more than capable of holding its own on quicker open roads and the motorway. The suspension is set to soak up road imperfections - a job it does well - so the price you pay is a fair amount of bodyroll should you take a corner at speed, but it always feels safe and manageable.


It looks smart, is well-specified, is cheap to buy, run and insure and isn’t without charm when it comes to the driving experience. There are younger rivals, but the 108 deserves consideration.


Is the Peugeot 108 right for you?

Although the 108 was designed as a city car, it has sufficient breadth of abilities to be a genuine option for a few different kinds of buyer. If you are looking for a low-cost but modern small car just for short journeys, the ease of use, the frugal engine and the strong specification makes the 108 a sensible choice. 


At the same time, if you are looking for a first car for you or a family member, the 108 is thoroughly unintimidating to drive and has a good set of safety equipment too. If you have a small family the 108 could do a job, but ultimately the lack of rear space and luggage capacity may cause issues.


The 108 has some strong rivals, notably the Skoda Citigo and SEAT Mii, that feel a little more up to date and of higher quality, but there’s little to separate them overall.


What’s the best Peugeot 108 model to choose?

With just the one engine option there’s no big decisions to be made on that front. There is the option of an automatic gearbox - it’s actually an automated manual rather than a true auto - but makes ponderous gear changes and leaves the 108 feeling sluggish, so it’s best avoided.


As far as the model choice is concerned, the basic Active version makes a strong case. It might be the cheapest model in the range but it comes with many desirable features as standard, and so is the most sensible option. The Allure and Collection models look smarter thanks to the addition of alloy wheels and other visual changes but  they only add a few equipment upgrades.


What other cars are similar to the Peugeot 108?

Because they are so closely related it is worth considering the Toyota Aygo and Peugeot 108, both of which drive in a very similar manner. There’s not much to choose between them on price either, other than the Citroen C1 is available in a low-spec Touch trim, costing less than £11,000.


The SEAT Mii and Skoda Citigo are spin-offs of the Volkswagen Up, and bring the solid engineering and efficiency you usually get, just with a smaller price tag than the Volkswagen version. Smart-looking and good to drive, both the Mii and Citigo are attractive options.


The Hyundai i10 is also a strong contender, and although the cheapest model is some way from the cheapest C1, it brings a quality feel and good specification.


Rating

The 108 covers the basics that a city car should - easy to drive, easy to park and cheap to run - but adds in a strong specification and a useful ability outside of the city. It also looks smart and should prove to be reliable too.

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