Peugeot 108 hatchback
Price £8,345 - £12,895
- 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 stylish and cheap-to-run city car. It’s not as good to drive as some rivals, but it’s well equipped and good value for money.”
Like its predecessor the Peugeot 107, the Peugeot 108 is a city car that's been developed in conjunction with Toyota and Peugeot. It's available with either three or five doors and can be specified with a folding fabric roof. Rivals include the Renault Twingo, Volkswagen up! and Hyundai i10.
The Toyota Aygo and Citroen C1 are the 108's equivalents from Peugeot's co-developers and are very similar to one another mechanically. Beyond styling, the only real differences between them are price and exact standard equipment.
Under the bonnet, there's a choice of 1.0 and 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol engines producing either 68 or 81bhp, while fuel efficiency ranges from 67 to 69mpg. No version of the 108 emits more than 100g/km of CO2, either, so you won’t be liable for road tax should you buy one.
We’d only recommend the less powerful 1.0-litre model if you do most of your driving within city limits, as it's not particularly comfortable at motorway speeds. The more powerful 1.2-litre engine is much happier on the motorway and feels much nipper around town, too.
You can just about fit four adults in the 108, but we wouldn’t recommend long journeys like this – children will be much happier in the back. The boot isn’t enormous, either, but at least the lip is relatively low, making it easier to get heavy items in and out.
Our favourite model in the range is the five-door 1.2-litre 108 in Active Trim. You get an impressive amount of equipment with this model, such as Bluetooth phone connectivity, DAB digital radio, air-conditioning and a multifunction steering wheel.
Safety kit is pretty impressive for this car and Euro NCAP awarded it four out of a possible five stars – putting it pretty much in line with the rest of the class. As standard, you get anti-lock brakes, electronic stability control and two ISOFIX child-seat mounts in the back.
While the 108 isn’t as good to drive as the Volkswagen up! or Hyundai i10, it's competent enough, and light steering makes it very easy to park – especially in tight urban spaces. It should prove to be reliable and cheap to run, too.
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