What’s this then?
You’re looking at the all-new Peugeot 108, on sale from July 1st.
Everything, compared to the old 107. Peugeot, and its city car partners Citroen and Toyota, have started with a clean sheet for the new car.
The sense of fun shouldn’t have disappeared – it was definitely present and correct when we had a poke around the car at the Geneva Motor Show – but quality, equipment and technology have all improved – everything from 7-inch touchscreens, to DAB radio and keyless entry is available, depending on the model.
What powers it?
Aside from a brief spell where diesel models were offered, the old 107 only gave you a 1.0-litre, three-cylinder petrol engine. This time, you get two – a 68-horsepower 1.0, and an 82-horse 1.2. All sneak into the zero-VED band A for tax. A manual gearbox is standard on both, but the 1.0 also comes with a semi-automatic ‘box.
Aside from the car’s new style – which you can judge for yourself, but we’re quite taken with its chic detailing – the biggest physical departure from the old model is the availability of an open-topped model, dubbed ‘TOP!’.
Like the Fiat 500C it’s not a full convertible, and unlike the Fiat the roof doesn’t even fold all the way onto the rear deck. But you do get a full-length fabric sunroof, which should make city driving in the summer quite a pleasant experience. There’s the usual range of trim levels too – Access, Active, Allure and Feline.
How much will it cost me?
Pricing is par for the class – £8,245 gets you a three-door 1.0 Access, undercutting the cheapest Volkswagen Up by £80. Active models start at £9,495, Allure at £10,995 and Feline at £11,845.
TOP! 108s start at £10,345 in Active trim – a tempting £850 above the equivalent hatchback. The range tops out at £12,245, which gets you a TOP! Allure 108 with the 1.2-litre engine.
Two very obvious ones, and several others besides.
The obvious options are Citroen’s C1 and Toyota’s Aygo, both new models joining us around the same time as the 108. The C1 will emphasise value, the Aygo has a bit of a sporty flavour to it, and the 108 will be the classiest triplet.
The Volkswagen Up and its ilk are the 108’s main rivals, while Hyundai’s i10 is currently the car to beat in the class. If you fancy a different French offering, Renault’s new Twingo will be rolling into showrooms later this year.
In a line:
Pug’s new city car is sure to be a big seller.