Peugeot 108 hatchback
Price £8,345 - £12,895
- All models are free to tax
- Plenty of standard equipment
- Available with a full-length folding roof
- Smaller engines feel slow on motorway
- Not much fun to drive
- Cramped back seats
At a glance
"The Peugeot 108 offers plenty of style and standard equipment, but the smaller engines are only suited to city driving."
The Peugeot 108 is a city car available in three and five-door forms, with and without a folding roof. It's the product of a joint venture involving Citroen and Toyota, so has been thoroughly tested and developed. Rivals include the Kia Picanto, Renault Twingo and Hyundai i10, as well as that other trio of related cars the Skoda Citigo, Volkswagen up! and SEAT Mii.
To help it rise above the competition, the 108 is reliable, comfortable and cheap to run. However, it's not that dissimilar to its sister cars the Toyota Aygo and Citroen C1, so you should check these out before you buy.
There's a choice of small petrol engines capable of between 65 and 70mpg and which cost nothing to tax. The more powerful one is the better all-rounder (nippy around town but a reasonable performer on open roads, too). The least powerful engine is suitable for urban journeys only. However, whichever you choose, the 108 isn't as much fun to drive as a VW up! and doesn’t feel quite as sure-footed as a Hyundai i10. It has light steering, though, which makes it a doddle to drive and to park in town.
The little 108 will accommodate four adults – just. Access to the rear seats is easier in the five-door version, however. The boot isn’t the roomiest, but does have a low lip, which makes loading awkward items less of a struggle.
The five-door version comes in three trim levels; the three-door in four (it's the only one available in basic Access trim). Our pick is a five-door 1.2 in Active trim, featuring DAB digital radio, air-conditioning, a seven-inch touchscreen and a height-adjustable driver's seat. Versions with the rollback roof are called the 108 Top and are available only in the higher-spec trims.
The 108 promises to be a tough and reliable car. Certainly, its association with Toyota bodes well for the future. The model scored four stars out of five when it was crash-tested by Euro NCAP, although this was the latest, most stringent test, so the missing star shouldn’t concern you too much. Standard safety kit is impressive and includes anti-lock brakes, electronic stability control and two ISOFIX child-seat mounts in the back.
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