We have high hopes for the Peugot 108 given the company’s other recent efforts, and those hopes haven’t been dashed during a sniff around the car at the recent Geneva Motor Show.
In fact, of the new Peugeot 108, Citroen C1 and Toyota Aygo trio, Peugeot’s third certainly has a more expensive air, and could prove the more discerning choice among city car buyers.
It doesn’t quite have the cool sophistication of the Volkswagen Up, but the 108 makes up for this in other ways. At first glance it has a chic look that VW can’t hope to compete with, and at the same time it fits in well with the rest of the Peugeot range.
Peugeot kept the 108’s interior a secret until the Geneva show, but we like what we see. The architecture is largely similar to that of the Citroen and Toyota variants, but the “TOP!” model we had a poke around (with a full-length fabric sunroof) had a more upmarket feel – perhaps aided by the luxurious purple glow Peugeot shrouded its cars in.
The leather trim felt suitably hard wearing though not as soft as true luxury products. There are neat little graphics splashed around, echoed on the car’s exterior. Contrasting white plastics give the interior a youthful feel and in terms of quality it’s leaps and bounds ahead of the old 107, even if it’s not quite as sophisticated as Renault’s new Twingo or the VW trio.
Favourite details? The 108’s rear lights look great, continuing Peugeot’s claw-like graphic with three glowing elements. The instrument dial pod looks funky, though it weighs quite a bit – noticeable when you try and adjust the rake-adjustable wheel and it clunks down to the bottom position.
Boot space is much better than before, and rear seat passengers won’t feel too hard done-by either, even though, like others in the trio, the rear windows only pop out, rather than wind down.
Overall, the 108 seems to be a significant improvement on the old 107, and we’re looking forward to having a go when it hits UK roads this summer. Keep scrolling below for more photos of the new 108.