Extremely cheap to buy and run. Perky 3-cyclinder engine.
The Peugeot 107 was developed and released alongside the Toyota Aygo and Citroen C1. All three cars are exactly the same underneath, yet the Peugeot is by far the cheapest and ultimately the best value. I've never understood why anybody would buy the pricier Toyota or Citroen given neither are better than the Peugeot.
Aimed at being the perfect first car for a young lady or as a second car to be ragged about to the supermarket, the Peugeot 107 is a chic and cute little car that punches above its weight.
The Peugeot 107 is one of the cutest little cars on the roads today. It underwent a facelift a year or so ago and now looks the part, with translucent headlights and a slightly revised back end. The standard lowest trim model does not come with alloy wheels or any exterior bells or whistles, yet it's my pick of the range. Why? Because the beauty of the 107 is that you'll be able to park it anywhere and treat it how you like. Alloy wheels will only serve to be kerbed eventually. There are a range of different colours you can order your Peugeot 107 in but my favourite is black as it contrasts well with privacy glass. Overall, the Peugeot 107 is a good looking little car, and it even looks better in my opinion than its brother and sister the Toyota Aygo and Citroen C1.
All Peugeot 107's feature the same three-cylinder 1.0-litre petrol engine that produces 68 bhp. In such a light car that's more than enough. In fact, the Peugeot 107 is an incredibly fun car to drive. As you'd expect with such a small and cheap car the Peugeot 107 suffers from road and wind noise at motorway speeds, and the little engine struggles to pull past 65 mph. You get the sense that the Peugeot 107 was developed specifically for first time drivers where the temptation to exceed the speed limit and be naughty is high. With a three-cylinder 1.0-litre petrol engine under the bonnet, you'd have to work extremely hard to break the speed limit by a significant amount. The driving position in the 107 is remarkably good and the seats are comfortable for longer journeys.
The interior of the 107 is as basic as you can get. There are absolutely no soft touch materials anywhere in the cabin and everything is hard plastic. Thankfully, nothing feels as though it was cast from a wheelie bin, and as such everything is well put together with no little rattles or creaks. The lowest specification, Access, does without a rev counter however as standard all models come with air conditioning. All of the seats in the Peugeot 107 are comfortable and surprisingly there's a lot of space for front passengers. The boot on the Peugeot 107 is small, however, and is more of a luggage shoot. Still, that's to be expected for a car of this size and a small grocery shop can go on the back seats anyway.
The Peugeot 107 is one economical car. It will return 62.7 mpg combined and on the motorway at 50 mph you could hit 65 mpg. The Peugeot 107 is also road tax free due to emitting super low C02. If you buy a Peugeot 107 as a runabout or as a second car, you will have no worries surrounding filling up at the pumps.
Trim and equipment
The Peugot 107 is available in several different trims. These are Access, Urban, Active and Allure. Access is my pick of the range as it keeps the cost of a new car below £8k. You get air conditioning and electric windows as standard in Access trim however you'll have to jump up to Urban trim and above to get a rev counter. To be honest, you don't need one anyway, and upping the trim level only nets you alloy wheels and nothing in way of extra interior quality.
The bottom line
The Peugeot 107 is a chic, cheap and cheerful little car that's perfect as a runabout for almost anybody (especially women). All models qualify for zero-cost road tax and all of them come well equipped for the price asked of them. Pricier more modern rivals such as the VW Up and Aston Martin Cygnet show the Peugot up in some areas - such as technology and quality - but overall, the 107 is a fun car to drive that's best within city limits but won't be embarrassed on the motorway.
Stick with bottom level Access trim and don't tick any options. That way, you really will get a great value brand new car.