The dinky Peugeot 180 TOP is easy to drive and perfectly at home in the city. The rather sluggish petrol engine means it feels out of its depth on the motorway, however
Every Peugeot 108 TOP comes with a 1.0-litre petrol engine. This 72hp unit drives the front wheels and will accelerate this compact soft-top from 0-62mph in a far-from-spritely 13.8 seconds. That’s very slightly faster than a comparable 75hp VW Up, but unlike the Up, you can’t upgrade the 108 with a more powerful engine. As a result, it feels very sluggish indeed, especially with three passengers on board.
In terms of fuel economy, Peugeot claims the 108 TOP returns 68.9mpg. In normal driving conditions, however, you can expect to see it manage a figure in the mid-fifties.
There aren’t many things out there that accelerate slower than a 108 TOP with an automatic gearbox – reaching 62mph from rest takes a mighty 15.2 seconds
You get a five-speed manual gearbox as standard but you can upgrade to a five-speed automatic if you’d rather not change gear yourself. It’s not particularly responsive, however, and makes the 108 TOP slower and thirstier. Automatic versions take a very leisurely 15.2 seconds to reach 62mph from rest and return a smidge less fuel economy than the standard manual model.
The Peugeot 108 TOP is just as easy to drive as the standard 108, but it doesn’t do a particularly good job of ironing out potholes. Even with the roof closed it’s noisier at speed than the standard hardtop model and it’s significantly less relaxing to drive than the likes of the VW Up.
This isn’t a car you’ll be wanting to take on long motorway journeys very often – more likely, you’ll be pottering around town with the roof down. The Peugeot 108 TOP’s small size and light steering make nipping through traffic a breeze but it does tend to lean a little more than the VW Up in tight corners.
The Peugeot 108 TOP’s large windows give you a good view out and its small size makes it easy to park. You can even get it with a reversing camera to help you stop a hair’s breadth from the car behind.
The Peugeot 108 – on which the 108 TOP convertible is based – earned a fair four-star safety rating from Euro NCAP. The tests have been made much stricter since it was tested back in 2014, however.
As a result, you’ll want to pay extra for some of the 108 TOP’s optional safety kit – including automatic emergency braking. This feature – that’ll hit the brakes automatically if the car detects an obstacle in the road ahead – also comes with traffic sign recognition and lane departure warning.