Peugeot 107 (2005 – 2014) Review

Peugeot 107 (2005 – 2014) At A Glance

4/5

+Cheap to run. Economical and perky 1.0-litre engine. Fun to drive. Decent cabin room. Ideal first car. 2012 model emits 99g/km CO2.

-Not good for long motorway journeys. Some problems with leaks. Clutch and waterpump failures common on 2005 - 2009 models. Stronger clutch fitted from 2009.

Insurance Group 3
On average it achieves 84% of the official MPG figure

As small city cars go, the 107 has almost the perfect dimensions. It's designed to be easy to drive and manoeuvre into tight spots and thanks to the wheel in each corner design the it's ideal. That clever design means it's also neatly proportioned. The flat rear and raked windscreen give it a sporty feel and it certainly has a more distinctive and youthful appeal than many small cars. It's no surprise this is such a popular car for younger drivers who have just passed their test.

The 107 is in fact the sister car to the Toyota Aygo and Citroen C1 which isn't exactly hard to spot. They're all built at the same factory and the good news is that it was largely designed by Toyota so it's well built, durable and reliable - traits that aren't always a Peugeot strength. On the road it feels more substantial than you'd imagine given its fairly dimunitive size and is actually very good to drive with a precise gear shift and a peppy 1.0-litre engine with 68bhp.

It's no performance car but it is very cheap to run. That little three-cylinder engine is ideal in town as it pulls well from low revs, yet it will still average 62.7mpg and CO2 emissions of 106g/km means it's in the cheapest car tax band that isn't zero. It's even available with a semi-automatic gearbox called 2-Tronic which is pretty rare on a car this small while insurance is group 3 (in the new 1 to 50 group ratings) which was group 1 in the old system.

With low prices, both new and used, the 107 is a good value choice too, but that doesn't mean you get a cheap interior. It's well built and stylish inside with a good quality finish and a neat layout. Passenger space is decent too, considering the little Peugeot is less than 3.5 metres long and even taller drivers won't feel cramped. As city cars go, the 107 is pretty much the perfect package.

Road Test similar Toyota Aygo here: Toyota Aygo 2006 Road Test

Real MPG average for a Peugeot 107 (2005 – 2014)

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Average performance

84%

Real MPG

40–66 mpg

MPGs submitted

252

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We want a small car for less than £2000. What advice would you give to a clueless buyer?
"We need a second car for local trips (the school run, popping to the shops etc - no long motorway journeys). I don't want to spend more than £2000 and I've narrowed it down to three (I think), all with full service history and falling around 2008-2010. They are Toyota Aygos 1.0-litre (mileage 45-79k); Hyundai i10 1.1 or 1.2 (mileage 44-55k); and Ford Ka (2009-10) 1.2 (50k or 84k). My head says Hyundai. What advice would you give to a clueless cash car buyer?"
At this price point, it's best not to focus too much on searching out a particular model. Keep an open mind and seek out a good car for sale locally. You might find a hidden gem – a car that's been well cared for, being sold by an honest private seller and for a good price. Evidence of regular maintenance is desirable (although don't necessarily expect a fully-stamped service book), as is a long MoT test. We'd generally advise avoiding trade sellers at this price range – there are quite a few unscrupulous sellers shifting cheap cars that have been plucked from auction and are fit for scrap. That said, you might find a reputable dealer selling a good car that's been taken in part-exchange. The Hyundai i10, Kia Picanto and Toyota Aygo (as well as the very similar Peugeot 107 and Citroen C1) are all good choices that'll be cheap to run, although their popularity with young drivers pushes prices up. You could also look at the slightly bigger Ford Fiesta – the 1.25-litre engine is very reliable and there are loads about (so you can be picky about condition).
Answered by Andrew Brady
Why is there a water leak in our Peugeot 107?
"My elderly friend has a 2012 Peugeot 107 Active. It suffers from water ingress in the front passenger footwell. We have had it investigated by a local garage who have not cured it. Do you know what likely cause of leak please ? "
You can fix this yourself with a teapot spout brush. The most common reason is blocked drains to the bulkhead ventilation well leaving rainwater nowhere to go except via the pollen filter into the car. The vent well is the well underneath the grille at the base of the windscreen. The drains are either side.
Answered by Honest John
How much would cigarette burns on upholstery knock down the sale price?
"I'm selling a 2011 Peugeot 107 Urban. The average price was £2500 - £3500. How much would you expect a dealer to request a price decrease for two cigarette burns on the front seats? I have accepted £1900."
They can be almost 'invisibly' repaired by specialists, but not for nothing: http://www.honestjohn.co.uk/faq/damage/ So a dealer will knock you back for the cost of the repairs plus the time he has to stock the car while the repairs are done. So probably better for you to get them done yourself.
Answered by Honest John
Are there any bad auto gearboxes?
"Are there any bad auto gearboxes? If so, what are they?"
Loads. All Audi/SEAT/Skoda and Volkswagen 7-speed dry clutch DSGs and s-tronics, Ford 6-speed dry clutch Powershifts, all automated manuals including Honda's i-shift, Toyota's MMT, Vauxhall's Easytronic, FIAT's Dualogic and the automated manuals in the Citroen C1, C2, C3, Pluriel, C4 Picasso, Peugeot 107, Peugeot 108, Toyota Aygo, Volkswagen Up, SEAT Mii and Skoda Citigo. The best are 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 speed torque converter automatics in Honda, Mazda, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar and Land Rover.
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