Review: Peugeot 108 (2014)
Key areas are much improved over 107. Easy to drive and park in town. Sprightly and lively petrol engines. Fabric-roofed 'Top' version available.
Overall package isn't quite as good as a Volkswagen Up.
Peugeot 108 (2014): At A Glance
- New prices start from £10,965, brokers can source from £8,541
- Contract hire deals from £137.45 per month
- Insurance Groups are between 6–13
- On average it achieves 75% of the official MPG figure
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 replaces. 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 the likes of the Volkswagen Up.
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.
Two engines are available – a 68PS 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol and an 82PS 1.2-litre three-cylinder. Both are efficient, with sub-100g/km emissions and economy of up to 74.3mpg, so running costs should be affordable. Additionally, Peugeot is offering the 108 on its Just Add Fuel lease scheme. This allows you to pay one monthly amount to lease the car and also covers servicing costs and insurance.
The most important improvements to the 108 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 good on the motorway, although the extra power of the 82PS 1.2 really helps out here.
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.
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Peugeot 108 (2014): What's It Like Inside?
The cabin of the 108 is quite similar to that of the outgoing 107, with a lot of hard but durable plastic, simple ball-style air vents and a large speedo pod atop the steering column. There are important improvements though, with less exposed metalwork and some nice finishing touches to the dashboard, which can be customised with various style packs to liven things up a bit.
The seats have been improved – they’re larger, more comfortable and more supportive. They’re easily adjusted, too, as is the steering column, which means it’s very easy to get comfortable no matter how tall you are. Rear seat passengers will struggle, though – knee room and head room is adequate but not generous, so long trips can be uncomfortable. As before there are five and three-door versions, so families with smaller children should manage with the 108.
Boot space is far from generous at 196 litres, or 180 litres with a spare wheel. For a small shopping trip it will do the job but those who carry larger things or regularly travel with suitcases will struggle. The Volkswagen Up trio or the Hyundai i10 all offer more than 250 litre of load space with the seats in place.
There is a good level of customisation on offer – buyers can choose from five different interior upholstery finishes including two tartan fabrics, plus there are six graphics packs to decorate the car both inside and out. Additionally there is a two-tone paint option, with the top half of the car finished in one colour and the bottom half in another. Eight colours are offered in total.
Those who want to give their car a bit more personality can choose a ‘Top’ model, which comes with full-length retracting fabric roof. It’s more like a giant sunroof than a proper cabriolet soft-top and it gets pretty noisy at speed, but it’s a cheap way into open-topped motoring, bathing the cabin in light on a sunny day.
108 Access comes with ABS, ESP, 14-inch steel wheels, power steering, Isofix mounting points, remote central locking, electric front windows, six airbags, an MP3 compatible audio system, a USB socket and LED daytime running lights.
108 Active adds air conditioning, DAB digital radio, 7-inch Touch Drive interface with Mirror Screen technology and steering mounted controls, 15-inch steel wheels, plus body coloured door mirrors and door handles. Also available with 'Top' folding fabric roof.
108 Allure comes with 15-inch alloy wheels, a speed limiter, rev counter, reversing camera, electrically heated and adjustable door mirrors, 'Open and Go' keyless start, a leather steering wheel and dark tinted rear windows. Also available with 'Top' folding fabric roof.
108 Feline comes with chrome exterior detailing, automatic dual-zone climate control and leather seats.
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What's the Peugeot 108 (2014) like to drive?
All models in the 108 range qualify for free annual VED thanks to their low emissions of less than 100g/km. Fuel economy impresses too, with official economy of between 67.3mpg and 74.3mpg depending on engine and transmission. There are two engines to choose from - a 1.0-litre petrol with 68PS and a 1.2-litre with 82PS. The 1.0-litre is offered with an engine start stop system that improves fuel economy even more.
Those who need an automatic can choose the 1.0-litre engine with an ETG transmission – but it’s far from the best. It’s an automated manual system and so is slow and jerky in comparison to a traditional torque convertor. If you absolutely must have an automatic it will do the job, but for most buyers a manual model will be a smarter choice.
The 1.0-litre might sound underpowered with just 68PS and 96Nm of torque, but in reality it’s perfectly capable of zipping the little 108 up to speed thanks to the car’s light weight. It’s at its best in town, but for occasional A-road and motorway trips it’s perfectly adequate and is probably the best choice for most. Those who tend to do more motorway miles may be better off with the 1.2-litre VTI petrol, which has 82PS and 116Nm of torque.
The extra torque and power help give the 1.2 better all-round ability, but both engines impress even on the motorway. It isn’t exactly a perfect long distance cruiser, but it’s certainly much quieter than the old 107. It’s more impressive through corners, too. Stiffer suspension means less body roll than before, while steering revisions make twists and turns more enjoyable, as does the slick and smooth gear change.
The 108 is at its best in town, where its compact dimensions, nippy engine and easy-to-drive character come together well. Parking is easy, as is nipping through tight gaps and down side streets. The Skoda Citigo and its counterparts from SEAT and Volkswagen feel a little more grown up on the road, but there’s really very little between them.
|1.0||69–74 mpg||10.9–14.6 s||85–99 g/km|
|1.0 2-Tronic||67–69 mpg||15.2–15.9 s||95–97 g/km|
|1.2||66 mpg||10.9–12.1 s||98–99 g/km|
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