Peugeot 108 City Car - Small and impressive

The Peugeot 108 is a small city car with impressive and funky styling, which should appeal to the busy inner-city workers, as well as those looking for a daily run-around. The Peugeot 108 has a range of modern interiors and some of the latest tech. All of which work harmoniously together to add to its chic appeal. The Peugeot 108 certainly has some French flair both with the exterior and interior design.

The Peugeot 108 was introduced in 2014 as a replacement to the outgoing Peugeot 107. It was released with a choice of two petrol engines, a 1-litre 68hp unit and a 1.2-litre 82hp. The 108 shares many of its underpinnings with the Citroen C1 and Toyota Aygo, such as the chassis platform and engine. The Peugeot 108, Citroen C1 and Toyota Aygo are all built in the same factory in the Czech Republic as part of a joint venture.

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Peugeot has made the 108 available as a three-door or five-door hatchback, or a five-door cabriolet. The cabriolet version is called the ''108 Top!'' and features a full-length fabric soft-top foldable roof. There are just three trim levels to choose from; Active, Allure and Collection, all three of which can be selected with the 5-door hatch or 5-door Top!. However, you can only choose between Active and Allure for the 3-door hatch.

The small city car class is a popular and fiercely fought market, with plenty of competition, such as the Fiat 500, Volkswagen Up and Kia Picanto. The Peugeot 108 looks set to tackle this head-on, with plenty of style and panache along with various themes and optional styling packages available to set it apart from the pack.

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Engines, power and Performance

The Peugeot 108 is now only available with a 1-litre three-cylinder petrol engine developing 72bhp and 93Nm of torque. It's mated to a five-speed manual transmission and will get from 0-62mph in under 14secs with a top speed of 99mph.

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There are no diesel, hybrid or electric versions available at this current time, as well as no option to have an automatic transmission. There is a strong possibility that Peugeot will bring out an electric version of the 108 at some point, given that the majority of its rivals currently have electric models in their line-ups.

Due to its small size, the 108 is also not very heavy, which makes it extremely easy to manoeuvre around towns and into small, tight parking spaces. The 1-litre engine is more than adequate for town and city driving and provides enough power to make it nippy over short distances. If, however, you are likely to spend time driving on dual carriageways, motorways or particularly hilly roads then you may find the little Peugeot struggles to get up to speed, and the engine can become rather noisy.

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The Peugeot 108 handles corners surprisingly well with minimal body roll, which gives you added confidence when dealing with busy city traffic or tight multi-storey car parks. The 108 is not the quietest car in its class though when it comes to noise and vibration when you begin revving the engine or travelling at higher speeds. If you are likely to be spending most of your time driving on fast roads outside of cities and towns, then you would be better looking at something with a larger or more powerful engine such at the new Peugeot 208 or larger Peugeot 308.

Interior Quality and Technology

The interior of the Peugeot 108 is a marked improvement over its predecessor the 107. It is much more comfortable and the build quality and materials used is all a step up from what we have seen previously. It may not be class-leading, but it certainly puts the 108 up in the mix and with a good level of standard equipment across the range, it makes the 108 an appealing option.

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The dashboard in the 108 is logically laid out with all controls within easy reach of the driver. It is a clean, efficient and contemporary looking dashboard where less is certainly more. As with the majority of small city cars, they are at the lower end of the price range and therefore do not get lavished with soft plastics or exotic trim pieces. The 108 is no different. However, Peugeot has included the option to add various interior themes and coloured plastic trim accents to improve the 108's aesthetics, which gives it a more premium look.

All 108 models feature a 7-inch captive colour touchscreen to control the Peugeot infotainment system. Some of the other standard features included across the range include; DAB Radio, Bluetooth Connectivity and steering wheel controls.

One of the more impressive features included as standard is Mirror Screen. Mirror Screen allows a compatible smartphone screen to be mirrored onto the 7-inch touchscreen with many of your phone's functions enable to be used via the touchscreen such as navigation, text display and music. Mirror Screen uses Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink to gain access to the applicable smartphone.

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Move up to Allure trim and above, and you get a colour reversing camera, 15-inch alloy wheels, auto headlights and Peugeots "Open & Go'' system. There are also a few more optional extras available with the Allure and Collection trim levels, including sat-nav and various safety assists.

Space, Practicality and Safety

The Peugeot 108 is one of the more spacious city cars available and is right up there with the class-leading VW Up and Skoda Citigo-e. In the front, driver and passenger will find plenty of legroom and headroom, even those 6ft plus. Moving into the rear, and, as with the majority of city cars, space is limited for anyone taller than a young teenager. You can fit a couple of adults in the back, however, for anything longer than a short journey would become uncomfortable with the tops of their heads brushing against the roof liner and knees rubbing against the backs of the front seats.

The boot of the 108 is larger than in the outgoing 107 and will fit a couple of small suitcases or overnight bags. The capacity is now 196-litres rising to 780-litres with the rear seats folded down. There are a few useful storage cubbies including door pockets front and rear ( in the 5-door model) and cupholders front and rear.

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The 108 achieved a 4-star rating at the Euro NCAP safety tests, but this was back in 2014. The 108 has had many safety upgrades and standard assists added since then, so should score well when it is re-tested. Some of the standard safety features include; multiple airbags, ABS, Hill Start Assist, two ISOFIX child seat mounts in the rear and speed limiter.

The Peugeot 108 is a funky looking small car with plenty of charm and personality and would suit those living and working in or around a town or city. It has a generous list of standard equipment throughout its range, making it great value for money.

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