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Peugeot 107 Review

The Peugeot 107 is one of the original city cars, but is still popular with buyers due to affordable running costs, neat styling and willing performance.

Pros: Attractive styling, modest prices, cheap to run, compact dimensions, practical interior

Cons: Unrefined out of town, stiff ride, steering lacks feel

Model range

Trim range: Access, Active, Allure, Envy

Petrol engines: 1.0 (68)

Diesel engines: None

Gearboxes: Five-speed manual, five-speed automatic

What is the Peugeot 107?

The smallest member of the Peugeot range is one of a trio of familiar city cars launched seven years ago. The 107 is still sold alongside its sister cars, the Citroen C1 and Toyota Aygo.

Road test

Performance

There is only a 1.0-litre, three-cylinder petrol for the 107. The Peugeot’s lightweight body means it is lively, with 68lb ft of pulling power making it easy and responsive. A light clutch and slick gearbox make driving it easy: it is preferable to the optional self-shifting automatic.

Out of town, though, the refinement suffers and you find yourself turning the stereo up to try and drown out the charismatic three-cylinder drone.

Ride and handling

The 107 might have been designed as a city car, but its ride is way too firm; the Kia Picanto and VW Up! show up the Peugeot’s age with more refined set-ups.

Still, the harder ride equals a sharper drive, although there is still too much body roll and the steering is almost totally lacking in feel.

Behind the wheel

Dashboard and driving position

We like the Peugeot 107’s funky dashboard design, with its MINI-like speedo and rev counter in steering column-mounted pods – but they are hard to read. What’s more, look closer and the randomly-sited, poorly marked switchgear draws complaint. The controls for the heating and air conditioning are particularly stiff, flimsy and difficult to understand.

Taller drivers will struggle to find a comfortable driving position in the 107, as there is no seat height adjustment and it has a steering column that doesn’t adjust for reach.

Visibility

The 107 has excellent all-round visibility, with thin roof pillars, big windows and mirrors. The cut-off rear means it’s super-easy to park: even so, rear parking sensors are available as an option.

Gadgets and technology

All 107 models have a CD/stereo with Aux-in connection. Allure models upwards, have Peugeot Connect Bluetooth and USB; it is optional on the rest of the range.

Tech guide

- Smartphone connectivity: Via Bluetooth on selected models

- Navigation: No sat nav system is available

- Personalisation: Both telephone and audio integration displays menus from user’s devices on the car display screens, with models fitted with Bluetooth connection

- Audio: All models have a CD/stereo with audio input socket. No DAB radio is available

- Internet: The Peugeot 107 offers no internet access

- Can it Tweet or Facebook: The Peugeot 107 has no social media connectivity

- What is the standout gadget on the Peugeot 107: The Peugeot Connect system with Bluetooth and USB connectivity

Passenger space and practicality

Passenger space

For such a small car, space inside the Peugeot 107 isn’t bad. There’s lots of headroom and adults can even travel in the rear with relative comfort.

Like the Toyota Aygo and Citroen C1, the 107 is offered in three and five-door bodies, but in our view the five-door is the most practical.

Boot space

The reasonably acceptable rear space has had a negative effect on the 107’s boot space, which is a meagre 139 litres (it really is tiny). With its high loading lip and small glass opening, it isn’t very practical either.

A split/fold rear seat usefully boosts boot space to 751 litres, but you still have to contend with the impractical boot opening.

Refinement

This is where the 107 shows its age compared to rivals such as the Skoda Citigo. The charismatic three-cylinder engine is noisy, with plenty of vibrations making it into the Peugeot’s interior. The engine noise gets worse the faster you go, too.

Also, considering the curvy styling, there is obvious wind and road noise which makes motorway driving hard work. The stereo isn’t really up to the job of drowning this out either.

Safety

Like its Citroen and Toyota sister cars, the 107 gets a three-star Euro NCAP crash test rating. It was recently retested and downgraded by Euro NCAP.

Still, standard 107 safety kit includes driver, passenger, side and curtain airbags, plus stability control and ISOFIX child seat fixings.

Running Costs/Value for Money/Pricing

Fuel economy

Only available with a 1.0-litre, three-cylinder petrol engine, but with combined consumption of 65.7mpg and CO2 emissions of 99g/km, it is impressively efficient. It’s so economical, Peugeot now doesn’t bother to offer a diesel alternative.

Quality

The 107 is robustly made (to Toyota build standards), but the interior plastics are too hard and are likely to get scruffy very quickly. The exposed metal inside also gives it a bit of a downmarket appearance.

Pricing and equipment

The entry-level three-door 107 Access is priced at £8,095, but we think you are better spending £1,850 more for the Allure at £9,945, which has alloy wheels, a rev counter and Bluetooth. All the extra equipment makes it much more appealing.

Closest 107 competitor has to be the Citroen C1 in VTR+ trim, which is the same price at £9,945.

Value for money

Access trim is disappointingly basic, with the best equipment levels on the Allure and Envy versions. The age of the Peugeot 107 – and a looming replacement – also dents the value for money proposition.

Key rivals

We would look at the Citroen and Toyota sister cars first, but buyers should also consider the Volkswagen Group three, the SEAT Mii, Skoda Citigo and Volkswagen Up!.

VERDICT

Overtaken in many areas by more modern rivals, but the Peugeot 107 is still worthy of consideration due to its economical running costs and Peugeot’s innovative Just Add Fuel deal: cheap motoring indeed.