Peugeot 108 hatchback
Price £8,495 - £13,760
- Very well equipped
- Impressively cheap to run
- Available with a full-length folding roof
- The smaller engine struggles on the motorway
- There’s not much space in the back
- Other rivals are better to drive
At a glance
“The Peugeot 108 is a popular, good-looking and economical city car. Some rivals are better to drive, but the Peugeot’s blend of style and value for money clearly appeal.”
As with the Peugeot 107 it replaced, the Peugeot 108 is a city car that shares its engines and underpinnings with similar models from Toyota and Citroen. The 108 is available with three or five doors, as well as an optional folding fabric roof. The 108 is a convincing alternative to rivals like the Renault Twingo, SEAT Mii, Skoda Citigo, Volkswagen up! and Hyundai i10.
The Citroen C1 and Toyota Aygo are essentially the same car as the Peugeot 108. If you’re in the market for one of these, your choice should predominantly be driven by which brand’s styling appeals the most, as mechanically the cars are almost identical – although the Toyota is only available with one engine, whereas Peugeot and Citroen offer two engine options. Prices and standard equipment also vary slightly between the three cars.
The Peugeot 108 is only available with a choice of two petrol engines, but they’re both efficient and suit the car well – particularly given that 108 owners will mainly drive their cars around town, where diesel engines make less sense. The 1.0-litre produces 68bhp and manages 69mpg economy, while the 1.2-litre has 81bhp and should return around 67mpg. Both engines are road-tax-exempt, thanks to their low CO2 emissions.
We recommend the 1.2-litre engine as, while the 108 is a city car, the 1.0-litre makes it hard work to drive on the motorway. The extra power of the 1.2-litre makes longer trips far more palatable and it feels nippier around town, too.
While it’s possible to fit four adults into the 108, your rear-seat passengers are unlikely to thank you for the experience, although the back seats should be fine for children. The 108’s boot isn’t enormous, but it does have relatively good access thanks to its low load lip.
The Peugeot 108 is offered in five trim levels: Access, Active, Allure, Feline and Roland Garros – although some of these are also available in ‘Top’ specification, which adds a folding fabric roof. We think the best 108 is the 1.2-litre in Active trim. This has air-conditioning, steering-wheel stereo controls and a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system.
For its size, the Peugeot 108 is a safe car. The four out of five score it was awarded in Euro NCAP crash-tests is comparable with rivals’, while an electronic stability programme, six airbags and anti-lock brakes are standard across the range.
Peugeot 108 owners rate their cars highly: in our 2015 Driver Power customer satisfaction survey, it managed to finish an impressive 18th out of 200 cars, with reliability and running costs eliciting particular praise.
While the 108 isn’t as much fun to drive as some rivals, it’s perfectly pleasant and competent, and its light steering ensures parking and manoeuvring around town is easy. The Volkswagen up! and Hyundai i10 are more enjoyable to drive, but both cost about £600 more than the Peugeot.
All Peugeot 108 models are exempt from road tax, while fuel, insurance and maintenance costs should be low, too
Perfect around town, but the Peugeot 108 feels out of its depth on the motorway
The Peugeot 108 is much better than the old 107, but the Hyundai i10 is more comfortable still
There’s enough room in the Peugeot 108 for four – at a squeeze
Many Peugeot 108 parts have been tried and tested in the Toyota Aygo and Citroen C1