Perfect and versatile city car
The new Peugeot 108 is a small perfectly formed small car that takes city car versatility to a new level. The newcomer is exceptionally user friendly for day to day motoring. There are many enhancements over its predecessor and one is the improvement to the boot. The boot is very often under appreciated for small car buyers and the 108 boasts 196 litres of carrying capacity which is up from 139 litres on the Peugeot 107. The boot sill has been lowered for easier loading as well.
Another practical innovation is the new parcel shelf. The solid unit of the outgoing model has been replaced by a neat fabric cover which conveniently lies flat against the inside of the hatchback glass when the boot is open. When the the boot is pulled down, the cover cleverly pivots to the horizontal, hiding whatever is below. The hatchback itself now features twin gas struts for additional stability when open, compared to the single support on the 107.
The rear bench seat splits 50:50 for additional practicality, and each side can be folded using a separate fabric handle accessible from the boot. These handles are the only component of the 107 which have been carried over to the new car. For those carrying children there are two rear seat ISOFIX child seat fixing points standard on the Peugeot 108. Another convenience feature is the reversing camera built into the rear bumper, just above the number plate, this is standard on the two highest trim levels in the range the Allure and the Feline.
There are many premium features depending on which trim which include a multi-function steering wheel, allowing drivers to keep their hands and eyes where they should be as they travel. For comfort, air conditioning is standard on three out of the four trim levels, including for the first time climate control on top spec Feline models.
The new Peugeot 108 is available in three and five door body styles, the seat quality, comfort and support are of a much higher standard compared to the 107. The driver’s seat is now height-adjustable on all but the entry level Access trim, and on three-door models both front seats gain a memory function. This means they will always return to the same position when tilted forward to allow passengers into the rear.
Ivo Groën, Design Director of the PEUGEOT 108 said “the 107 and 108 share the same roots but the 108 is a much more mature vehicle. It’s a real Peugeot.”