Peugeot 107 vs VW up!

Peugeot 107 vs VW up!
Credits: Pete Gibson
11 Apr, 2012 12:00pm

The Peugeot 107 has raised its game with a facelift. We see if it’s good enough to beat the VW up!

City cars are the ultimate way of getting from A to B in our gridlocked town centres. Compact dimensions, agile responses and brilliant visibility make them fantastic for taking on heavy traffic, whether you’re on the school run or nipping to the shops. And the latest smart-looking models won’t be out of place parked in front of a glitzy hotel or health club, either.

The impressive Volkswagen up! is the current class champion, as it set new standards for comfort and refinement in this market when it debuted late last year. However, even though the fanfare surrounding its launch has barely died down, it has a fight on its hands to maintain its status as the number-one city car.

The Peugeot 107 has been comprehensively revised and now provides more kit, value and style than ever before. There are only a few pounds between our duo on price – so how do they compare in the cut-and-thrust of city-centre driving?


There's never been a better time to buy a city car. The VW up! has breathed new life into the class and forced rival manufacturers to up their game.

The new Peugeot 107 is a demonstration of the old saying ‘competition improves the breed’: the revised model is better than ever. But is it good enough to take on the Volkswagen up! and win?

In short, no. While the 107 is smarter than before and combines lively performance with fun handling, it doesn’t have the all-round appeal of the VW. The up! has brought a new standard of refinement and comfort to the small-car market and it promises to be even more affordable to run than the Peugeot.

But the most impressive thing about the up! is its big-car feel. It has more space for passengers and luggage than the 107, while everything from the driving position to the cabin quality wouldn’t be out of place in a car twice the price. And that’s before you’ve even driven it anywhere.

Yes, the Peugeot is faster and more characterful from behind the wheel, but the way the VW switches effortlessly from city runabout to long-haul cruiser is genuinely impressive. This multi-tasking ability is what marks it out as something truly special. Make no mistake: the new Peugeot 107 is in good shape. But the VW up! is simply in another league.

Volkswagen move up! ★★★★★

The VW up! has revolutionised the city-car class – just like the Peugeot 107 and its Citroen C1 and Toyota Aygo sister cars did when they arrived in 2005. The up! has moved the game on further: it delivers big-car quality and comfort in a stylish and affordable package. It also takes both urban gridlock and long motorway trips in its stride.

Peugeot 107 Active ★★★

We love the Peugeot for its fun handling, cheeky character and eager performance. Yet ultimately it falls short of the high standards set by the brilliant new VW. If you plan to never leave the confines of 30mph urban motoring, the 107 has plenty going for it, but the VW is far superior over longer distances and much bigger inside.

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This comparison is a joke. The 107 is on the end of its life despite the facelift. And all of its drawbacks the up copied. No door panels all around, cheapish interior, road noise, wind noise (worse than the panda). One electric window switch per door.

The cheap[ish] interior, with simple switchgear can be a blessing in disguise. I had a C1 for over 3 years and nothing went wrong. The interior wasn't luxurious, but was practical and easily kept clean. The Up's all-glass hatchback does echo the 107/C1/Aygo design and the interior does look quite basic which, in austere times, may just take a trick. I would have bought another C1 or one of its siblings but the prospect of a totally new car being introduced quite soon put me off.
The Up's interior may put some people off, but simplicity of design may prove to be of long-term benefit if only because there is less to go wrong.

I put my money where my mouth is and bought a second 'Bug last week.(C1 VTR)

I considered a UP! but it was just too expensive (over 2K more for a BlueMotion Move UP!) and was offered less in PX for my 5 year old 107.

The only problem with this review I have is that you seem to think the only reason that the 107 is faster to 60mph and more economical, is because it weighs 139KG less. This is incorrect.

The 3 door 107's dry weight is 790KG (5 door 800KG). The UP!'s kerb weight includes driver(68KG), luggage(7KG) and 90% full fuel tank(25KG)

Remove this "extra" 100KG from the UP! and the dry weight is 829KG. Just 29KG over the 5 door 107.....

The residual figures given for the 107 seem a bit off too. I paid £6195 for my 107 5 years ago and got £3200 in PX for my new C1. Also got a £1500 off the new C1.

The old sales motto for Albion motor lorries also applies to any AE review of a VW product. Please get a grip AE before you really become a laughing stock! I don't like either of these vehicles much and would find it very hard to seperate them in desirability sufficiently to give them a different star rating.

If the C.1/107/Aygo trio are really the classic Japano/Korean "totter box" (something the Koreans are progressing from) then the Up is the heir to something even more uninspiring. I saw one parked up (broken down?) the other day, namely a Trabant! Not that the Up is anything like as badly designed or made as the latter but they share an air of Central European unimaginative stolidity.

Mittel Europa needs another Hans Ledwinka to bring a bit of flair just as AE needs to shed its own boring predictability.

Correction!, in my post above I stated the 5 door 107 weighs 800KG. According to Peugeot, it actually now weighs 825KG. Just 4KG less than the UP!.

Sorry about that!

I'm guessing you don't have a girlfriend?

Let me set the record straight -they both suck. No one ever put cars like these on their bedroom wall as a kid, agreed?

Right wel ok in the real world, we have jobs, bills, kids and unless you're really sorted a mortgage. However I still would choose neither of these. The thought of spending 8k plus on either of these would kill me. I would rather put my money on a Kia PIcanto 1 air 3 dr for £8300 with a 7 year warranty, the C1 which is ancient and the UP! for the same money and a 3 yr warranty do not add up. Or at a push buy the Aygo as at least for another £500 it comes with a 5 year warranty!