Review

Peugeot 108 hatchback

Price  £8,345 - £12,495

Peugeot 108 hatchback

reviewed by Carbuyer

Pros
  • Plenty of standard equipment
  • All models have free road tax
  • Available with a full-length folding roof
Cons
  • Smaller engines feel slow on motorway
  • Not much fun to drive
  • Cramped back seats

At a glance

The greenest
1.0 Stop & Start Active Top! 5dr £11,245
The cheapest
1.0 Access 3dr £8,345
The fastest
PureTech 1.2 VTi Allure Top! 5dr £12,495
Top of the range
PureTech 1.2 VTi Allure Top! 5dr £12,495

"The Peugeot 108 offers plenty of style and standard equipment, but the smaller engines are only suited to city driving."

Just like the old Peugeot 107, the Peugeot 108 has been developed in collaboration with Toyota and Citroen. That means all the parts have been tried and tested to ensure the 108 is as reliable and cheap to run as rivals like the Hyundai i10, VW up! or Kia Picanto.

Whether you choose the Peugeot 108, or its sister cars, the Toyota Aygo and Citroen C1 is largely down to which model you like the look of most and which badge you prefer – it really is that close.

It's worth remembering that the Aygo only has one engine, compared to two from Peugeot and Citroen. Plus both the Peugeot and Citroen have the option of a roll back roof meaning it can transform from city car to almost a convertible in seconds.

Power comes from a choice of small petrol engines, all of which manage more than 60mpg while emitting less than 100g/km of CO2 for free road tax. Three and five-door models are available.

Inside, there's room for four (at a push) and the boot is an improvement over the old model's. While it isn't huge, it has a lower load lip, making it easier to lift heavy items in and out of the car. There's plenty of standard equipment, too: all models are fitted with LED daytime running lights, electric front windows and remote central locking.

While the Peugeot 108 isn't the last word in driving fun, it does benefit from light steering and compact dimensions, which make it a doddle to manoeuvre around town.

We’d recommend the larger of the two engines. The 1.2-litre engine is just that little bit more capable on the motorway than the cheaper 1.0-litre engine. And the Allure trim – the third of four versions – is our favourite because it features stylish alloy wheels, a rev counter and a space saver spare wheel.

All models feature electric front windows, remote central locking and USB connectivity. Active models add air-con, a 7-inch touchscreen, DAB and Bluetooth. The top of the range Feline model includes chrome trims and leather seats.

MPG, running costs & CO2

4.3 / 5

All Peugeot 108 models are exempt from road tax, while fuel, insurance and maintenance costs should be low, too

Engines, drive & performance

3.2 / 5

Perfect around town, but the Peugeot 108 feels out of its depth on the motorway

Interior & comfort

2.6 / 5

The Peugeot 108 is much better than the old 107, but the Hyundai i10 is more comfortable still

Practicality & boot space

3 / 5

There’s enough room in the Peugeot 108 for four – at a squeeze

Reliability & safety

4 / 5

Many Peugeot 108 parts have been tried and tested in the Toyota Aygo and Citroen C1

What the others say

3 / 5
based on 1 review
3 / 5
We still rate the Skoda Citigo and Hyundai i10 for their superior refinement and general grown-up feeling but the 108 is certainly a great contender. As for the Toyota-Citroen-Peugeot choice, there's really not much in it. Go for whichever one you like the look of most.

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