Peugeot 108 review - Practicality, comfort and boot space
Size matters, and the Peugeot 108 is small, but for two people around town it makes lots of sense
As one of the smaller packages in the city car market, you shouldn’t be surprised to learn that the Peugeot 108 doesn’t offer masses of interior space. Neither do its Citroen C1 and Toyota Aygo cousins. There’s also no chance of seating five people inside, even for short journeys, because unlike the Hyundai i10, the car doesn’t offer a central rear seatbelt.
While certain models feature a height-adjustable driver’s seat, the driving position isn’t as comfortable as in the Volkswagen up!. It feels cramped and confined in comparison.
Inside, the Peugeot now has a glovebox with a lid, but this is smaller than that of the Skoda Citigo, as are the door pockets. But if you’ve just moved up from a scooter, you probably won’t be complaining.
The Peugeot 108 is not only less boxy to look at than rivals like the Volkswagen up! and Skoda Citigo, it’s noticeably smaller, too.
While the Peugeot measures just 3,455mm from bumper to bumper, the up! is 3,540mm long and the Hyundai i10 is 3,645mm.
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The Peugeot also has a lower roofline than the Hyundai and the VW Group city car trio, and it’s a few centimetres narrower, too.
Leg room, head room & passenger space
The 108 will carry four adults at a pinch, but it could do with more rear legroom. On three-door cars, the front seats have a handy memory function that ensures they return to the same position after being tilted forward to allow passengers to get into the back. You get Isofix mountings for two child seats, too.
Do without the optional spare wheel and you get a 196-litre boot; this drops to 180 litres if you specify the space saver. Either way, the Peugeot is nowhere near the best in class in terms of load capacity.
The 108 has a fabric luggage cover that stays with the tailgate when it’s open, while 50:50 split folding rear seats are standard on all but the entry-level Access version.
Plus, Peugeot has managed to lower the boot lip by 20mm compared with the old car, so it’s a bit easier to load and unload heavy items.
In this review
- 1Peugeot 108 reviewSmall, stylish and comfortable, the Peugeot 108 city car offers a range of trim levels for all pockets
- 2Engines, performance and driveA power hike is designed to make the 1.0 more appealing, but it's still at its best in town
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running CostsWhen cars are this cheap and efficient, does it matter if they're not class leaders in every respect?
- 4Interior, design and technologyThe 108 feels more upmarket than the 107 it replaced, while touchscreen connectivity will satisfy buyers focusing on tech
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot space - currently readingSize matters, and the Peugeot 108 is small, but for two people around town it makes lots of sense
- 6Reliability and SafetySolid crash test performances and a proven reliability record should make the Peugeot 108 a safe car to own