Peugeot 108 (2014) Review

Peugeot 108 (2014) At A Glance

3/5

+Good standard specification for a low price, cheap to run and cheap to insure, surprisingly mature driving experience and capable out of town too.

-Not as practical as some key rivals, high-spec models short on value for money, only one engine option and poor automatic gearbox,

New prices start from £10,965, brokers can source from £10,995
Insurance Groups are between 6–13
On average it achieves 74% of the official MPG figure

Peugeot has been a small car expert for decades, and the 108 is the latest in a long line of low-cost offerings that deliver charm beyond their price tag. Designed and built as a joint venture with Citroen and Toyota that resulted in the near-identical C1 and Aygo respectively,  the 108 is competing with cars like the Hyundai i10 and SEAT Mii. Cost is generally the prime target at this end of the market, but this second-generation 108 is designed to offer a more refined and grown-up ownership experience whilst retaining the high value approach.

With its sharper looks and some plush options including a retractable fabric roof, the 108 feels like a more grown up car than the 107 it replaced. Quality, refinement and economy are all improved, but the car remains small, cheap to buy and cheap to run. It has all the ingredients to be just as successful as its predecessor – and to compete with rivals like the SEAT Mii, Hyundai i10 and Skoda Citigo.

As before, the underpinnings of the 108 are shared with Citroen and Toyota counterparts. This time around each car has more individual identity and Peugeot has gone for a sophisticated look, as opposed to the Aygo's aggressive ‘crossed’ front or the Citroen C1’s cuteness. The 108 certainly looks more modern and stylish than the old 107.

Early 108 models were available with a choice of two petrol engines, but this has been stripped-back to leave a single 1.0-litre, three-cylinder unit with 72PS. Despite the modest-sounding specification, the little three-pot unit is willing, economical and provides enough performance to make the 108 a usable machine outside of the city.

The key improvements to the 108 over the olf 107 are in refinement and ride quality. It still has that three-cylinder thrum when pushed hard, but in everyday driving it is quiet and comfortable, absorbing all but the worst potholes and bumps impressively well. It’s also capable on the motorway as long as you don’t expect miracles or load it up too heavily.

You can even have fun on a country road – the handling has been sharpened with new shock absorbers and a stiffer anti-roll bar, which means the 108 stays reasonably flat and composed through tight twisting roads.

The steering could be better, but the 108 is nonetheless at home in town. Manoeuvring in narrow streets or in multi-storey car parks is made easier by the light power steering, plus visibility is fairly good thanks to big windows.

The cabin is functional and hardwearing, rather than plush, but it’s attractive enough and if you opt for a higher trim model you’ll get a big, colourful touchscreen system.

It’s not packed with the most advanced features, but is simple enough to use. You can also customise the interior with graphics packs and there’s also a ‘Top’ model, with a retractable fabric roof.

The 108 is a worthy little city car. Not only is it affordable but it looks good and drives well, plus it should prove to be cheap to run. It doesn’t feel quite as modern as the likes of the SEAT Mii and Volkswagen Up, but it isn’t far behind. For those who need cheap, urban transport with a little bit of style it’s the ideal little car.

Ask Honest John

Which city car has the best automatic gearbox?
"What is the best automatic city car to buy? I've looked at the Citroen C1, Peugeot 108 and Toyota Aygo."
I wouldn't recommend a C1/108/Aygo - they use a frustrating automated manual gearbox rather than a 'proper' auto. I'd suggest a Kia Picanto with its four-speed torque-converter automatic gearbox.
Answered by Andrew Brady
What's the smallest car with a retractable roof?
"My wife has a much-loved MX5, complete with detachable hardtop. However, it is beginning to look as if we might need to replace it, as we are both in our 70's, I am now having difficulty getting out of it because it is so low down, and the annual fitting/removal of the hardtop is beginning to be a chore. Please could you advise what are the smallest non-diesel cars available with built-in retractable roofs?"
You could look at a Peugeot 108 Top. It's a small city car with a retractable soft-top roof. If you'd prefer something bigger, consider a MINI Convertible. Look here for more inspiration: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/topten/top-10-cheapest-convertibles/
Answered by Andrew Brady
How reliable is a Toyota?
"Toyota appears to pride itself on producing reliable cars. However, I would appreciate your view on whether the Toyota Aygo would be more reliable than the Peugeot 108 which I understand is built in the same plant."
Exactly the same, but the Aygo comes with a five year warranty while the Peugeot 108 and Citroen C1 only come with three year warranties.
Answered by Honest John
What's a good second car for teenagers to learn to drive in?
"Please can you recommend a good second hand car? We are looking for something fairly cheap to buy, low cost to insure for new drivers and mostly just used for around-town driving. My wife will drive it (aged 45) most of the time but it will also get used by our two teenagers who are learning to drive - our daughter aged 17 and our son aged 19."
We'd be looking at a Toyota Aygo (or equivalent Citroen C1 and Peugeot 108). They're cheap to buy and run plus they're robust enough to cope with two learner drivers. Alternatively, the Volkswagen Up, Skoda Citigo and SEAT Mii are all excellent city cars which shouldn't cost a fortune to insure.
Answered by Andrew Brady

What does a Peugeot 108 (2014) cost?

Buy new from £10,995 (list price from £14,500)