Peugeot 108 hatchback - Interior & comfort
The Peugeot 108 is much better than the old 107, but the Hyundai i10 is more comfortable still
Peugeot has worked hard to make the 108 more comfortable. The old Peugeot 107 felt cheap and not very cheerful, crashing over bumps and potholes, which sent a sharp thud through the suspension and into the driver's seat. The lack of sound insulation meant you could hear the suspension working away, too.
The Peugeot 108 feels a lot more grown-up, there's no need to wince approaching a pothole any more, as the car soaks up rough roads far more effectively. A Hyundai i10 or Skoda Citigo will be more comfortable still, but the 108 is unarguably an improvement over the 107.
The 108 also takes a big step up when it comes to blocking out exterior noise. The old model was unbearably loud on the motorway, but the 108 is much better. You don't have to turn the radio up all the way just to hear it and there's no need to shout at your passengers, either. Wind and tyre noise have both been worked on, so now you'll be able to travel at 70mph without any worries.
Peugeot 108 dashboard
The dashboard is clean and simple, with an easy-to-use seven-inch touchscreen that’s fitted as standard across the range. It’s impressive given the VW up! only gets a smartphone holder. The dials are easy to read, too.
Peugeot has made sure the 108 comes packed with equipment, with all models getting electric front windows, LED daytime running lights and a host of safety features. The now-discontinued Access was a little sparse, but the current entry-level Active trim gets air conditioning, a speed limiter, a height-adjustable driver’s seat, DAB radio, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.
Probably the best all-rounder in the range is Allure. It costs about £1,400 more than the Active but adds a reversing camera, alloy wheels, front fog lights, a rev counter, electric heated door mirrors, automatic headlights and keyless go.
The top-spec Collection model is the most luxurious, though, boasting automatic climate control and unique styling tweaks. We'd recommend sticking with Allure – you get all the equipment you could ever want in a city car and it looks great, too.
In previous years, you could order the 108 as a ‘Top!’ model – an option costing around £1,000 that added a full-length fabric roof, which can be opened in a similar fashion to those on the Fiat 500C and DS 3 Cabrio. Like the Citroen C1, the Peugeot 108's fabric roof was only available with the five-door model.
Lots of personalisation options are available, including metallic paint shades like French Blue, two-tone options, various interior patterns and a choice of dashboard trims.
A lane-departure warning system and active city braking are available as an option for the Allure and Collection trim levels.