Parachuted into one of the most competitive classes in the automotive world, the Peugeot 108 city car has quite a challenge on its hands if it plans to steal sales from the class-leading Volkswagen Up and its sister cars, the SEAT Mii and the Skoda Citigo.
Only the Hyundai i10 – with its spacious interior and generous equipment levels – can thus far claim to have the measure of the trio of Volkswagen Group cars. Even then, which you choose is arguably down to personal preference.
Just like the Volkswagen Up, the Peugeot 108 is one of three models that are based on the same underpinnings – the Peugeot shares the majority of its components with the Toyota Aygo and the Citroen C1
From the off, the Peugeot has all the important boxes ticked: it’s cheap to buy, frugal to run, has small dimensions and cheeky looks. This latest model also adds equipment such as a touchscreen infotainment system, air conditioning, plus automatic headlights and wipers.
The old Peugeot 108 was always an excellent city car. Its willing little three-cylinder engine, in town at least, gave nippy performance and emitted a pleasant thrum that meant working it hard wasn’t a chore on the ears. The same wasn’t true at motorway speeds, where the engine noise soon manifested itself as a constant and annoying drone. Peugeot has looked to address this in the new model and it’s something VW managed with the Up.
The Peugeot 108 is fun little car that’s perfect for the city
Last but not least is the option to fit a fold-back fabric roof that is electrically operated and gives something of a convertible feel. It was an option fitted to the 108 Top Allure that carwow drove, although as ever we’ll also look at what the UK’s leading car magazines had to say when they tested the car.
Check out our handy Peugeot 108 colours guide to see the shades available to choose from.
The new Peugeot 108 is a vast improvement over the car it replaces thanks to boosted safety and even lower running costs. It is also better equipped and enjoyable to own, especially if you choose to spec the full-length folding fabric roof that effectively transforms the car into a cut-price convertible.
All good news then, but elephants in the room come in the form of the Hyundai i10 and the Volkswagen Up – the duo are more fun to drive, have added solidity and are more practical – three advantages that are hard to ignore in this class.