Peugeot 107 review
The Peugeot 107 was refreshed in 2012 but it still feels a little long in tooth
The Peugeot 107 is one of three sister cars, which includes the Citroen C1 and the Toyota Aygo. They're all based on the same chassis and share similar dimensions and styling. The trio are a perfect choice for city driving, thanks to tiny dimensions and small three-cylinder engines. The Peugeot 107 rivals the Volkswagen up!, SEAT Mii and Skoda Citigo, all of which are modern, strong competitorspeugeot. In 2012 a facelift kept the Peugeot 107 ahead of the trend, while also improving fuel economy of the one available engine. As to be expected with Peugeot, common problems include reliability issues, a lack of boot space and a noisy cabin at motorway speeds and on rougher, non-city roads. Recently, the Peugeot 107, Toyota Aygo and Citroen C1 were all demoted from a four-star Euro NCAP rating to just three stars. The Peugeot 107 and its sister cars were criticised heavily for not keeping ahead of the latest safety developments and standards. Peugeot has extended its Just Add Fuel scheme to include drivers from the age of 21, it allows road users to purchase a Peugeot 107 for the price of £253 per month over three years. Peugeot have also announced that it will continue its partnership with Toyota with a new 107 replacement, the Peugeot 108. It'll be built alongside the new Toyota Aygo and Citroen C1 at the existing plant in the Czech Republic and will probably arrive in showrooms by in late 2014.
Our choice: 107 1.0 Active
The Peugeot 107 had a mild facelift in 2012, which included an updated front-end that helped to bring it up to date with its more modern rivals. The bonnet now has a more sculpted shape, while the headlights are sharper and there are LED daytime running lights fitted too. The car itself has near-perfect dimensions, with short overhangs, neat wheel trims, great all-round visibility and a vertical tail for easy reversing. There's a unique style to the interior, with unusual heater controls that glow orange at night, plus a pod-style speedometer. It looks funky, but not as classy as some other vehicles in this class. There are three trim levels in the Peugeot 107, Access spec gives you the lowest price, but its very basic. Meanwhile, Active trim gets electric front windows, air-con and remote central locking. The top-spec Allure trim gets Bluetooth, daytime running lights and alloy wheels.
The Peugeot packs a featherweight 998cc three-cylinder engine. It produces 68bhp, and with its characterful exhaust note and distinctive thrum, it’s great fun to use and delivers spritely performance. It’s easy to drive too, with a light clutch and gearshift. Acceleration from 0-62mph in 14.2 seconds means it's fine for town driving but at higher speeds you'll notice the 107 starts to struggle to keep up. If you stay within the Peugeot's comfort zone, everything works smoothly, even the fully automatic programme in the semi-auto gearbox. But as soon as you take it out of the city, the suspension can be heard and felt over rougher roads. Plus, Motorway journeys will be incredibly noisy, with lots of wind and road noise making its way into the cabin. The supple ride means you'll at least be comfortable though.
In late-2012 the Peugeot 107 was re-tested by Euro NCAP and downgraded to just three stars for occupant safety, along with the Aygo and the C1. This will be a blow for Peugeot, especially as there are now a handful of cars in the class which boast maximum five star scores for crash protection. Peugeot's track record for poor reliability is further enforced by the manufacturer's placing in our 2013 Driver Power manufacturer ratings, falling one short of last place at 31.
This is where the Peugeot 107 suffers - its compact dimensions and tight interior means space is highly limited. The boot is a major weak point for the 107 , too: the tailgate is a piece of glass, which leaves you with a high load sill, while the capacity is just 139 litres. It extends with the seats down to 751 litres, but then you won't be able to carry any passengers in the back. Even with the seats in place rear passengers will find there's very little space. The five-door model comes with a higher price, but improves rear access - quite important if securing child seats is a daily chore.
Updates in 2012 have ensured that the 107 is cheaper to run than ever. The 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine now boasts CO2 emissions of 99g/km, which makes it exempt from road tax. Fuel economy is also up to 65.6mpg. Alternatively, if you opt for the automatic gearbox then these figures become 104g/km and 62.7mpg. The insurance group will be incredibly low making it an ideal first car with a great price attached, and residual values for the Peugeot are expected to be quite strong. There are also deals such as Peugeot's Just Add Fuel, allowing road users to purchase a Peugeot 107 for the price of £253 per month over three years, and includes insurance, warranty, servicing, tax and roadside assistance for a full three years.