You may have seen cars on the road that look a bit like the Peugeot 107. In fact, you may have seen cars on the road that look a hell of a lot like the Peugeot 107. That’s because Peugeot build the city car with sister company Citroen and some-time partner Toyota, with the Citroen C1 and Toyota Aygo respectively.
New, so-called premium small cars and electric vehicles may be stealing the thunder of inexpensive cars like the 107, but if all you’re after is a strong runabout that’s cheap to drive then you can’t really do any better than the likes of the 107.
All models are powered by a three-cylinder 1.0-litre petrol engine that emits a mere 106g/km of carbon dioxide – making for cheap road tax of benefit-in-kind for company drivers – and returns a hugely impressive 62.7mpg on the combined cycle.
As such it’s pretty much as cheap as motoring gets, with a lowly insurance group of 1E meaning a trilogy of low costs in terms of tax, petrol and insurance.
Power output is 68bhp and maximum torque is 70lb-ft at 3,600rpm, ample for a small car like the 107. As a result the city car does not feel outpaced on the motorway or on A roads, with a top speed of 100mph.
In the city there’s plenty of power and pulling power for urban use, and there’s a slick five-speed manual gearbox that’s light and precise to use, though an automatic 2-Tronic gearbox is available on some models for an extra £500.
Of course, the 107’s size and shape also help in the city. It wrings every inch out of its interior space so the exterior is not bulky. As a result, nipping in and out of traffic and parking is a cinch in the 107 where it’s at home – in the urban sprawl.
There are three and five-door models available, but all models measure a modest 3,430mm and will seat four adults plus luggage in comfort. Access to the boot is extremely easy too, with a large tailgate meaning a low lip.
The seats will fold down too, to extend luggage space, and the relatively high roofline means good headroom for adults and children alike.
You don’t buy a city car like the 107 for luxury, so no trim levels could really be described as premium. Importantly the Peugeot city car does feel well put-together though, and it does boast a four-star NCAP safety rating.
However, the 107’s miniscule dimensions mean it does stand out of the crowd. It looks a little funky, and there’s no shame in being seen in a car this smart. The inside, similarly, makes a virtue of its lack of pretension, and beat the Fiat 500, which features a not dissimilar interior, to the punch with a functional yet different interior layout.
All told the Peugeot 107 is not only fit for purpose, it excels in that area. If you want a small, reliable, well-made, good-looking car that will be inexpensive to buy and run, there’s really no reason not to buy a 107.