Peugeot 107

The Essentials

  • Price from £7,995
  • What Car? says: 3 star rating
  • Fuel economy: up to 65.7mpg
  • What is it? Peugeot's city car has bags of charm, but is outclassed by newer and more sophisticated rivals, such as the VW UP.

Great

  • Cheeky looks and a peppy engine
  • It's perfect for zipping around campus/the city
  • Running costs won't blow your budget

Gripes

  • Take it out of town and it gets rather noisy
  • Drive over broken roads and it rattles your teeth
  • You can't fit many rugby players in
  • Drive

    It's perky in town and a cinch to park, but you have to whip it on the motorway

  • Inside

    All the basics are covered and you can reach the wheel and pedals with ease

  • Safety

    The 107 scored four out of five in crash tests, but you dont get any deadlocks

  • Reliability

    Top marks here: it's extremely well built and won't let you down

  • Space

    You can squeeze four people in, but there's only room for a few shopping bags in the boot

  • Standard and extras

    Simplicity is the order of the day, but you do get an MP3-compatible stereo

  • What's it like to drive?

    Just one engine is on offer - a 67bhp 1.0-litre petrol - but it's peppy enough in a car as light as the 107. The tiny Peugeot is nippy around town and can hold its own on faster roads if you work it hard, but the steering is sluggish and tiny front tyres soon run out of grip in bends. The 107 isn't all that comfortable, either, with a choppy ride at all speeds.
    The buzzy note of the tiny engine is ever-present and is part of the Peugeot's charm, but it becomes bothersome on the motorway, and is joined by too much road and wind noise. This is a city that's is best kept within city limits.

  • What's it like inside?

    The driving position won't suit everyone because the steering wheel only goes up and down  not in and out - and there's no seat-height adjustment. The sliding heater controls are confusing, too, making them tricky to operate on the go. Still, at least all-round visibility is excellent.
    You'll be able to squeeze a couple of small adults in the back, so two child seats won't be a problem, either. Luggage space is, frankly, pathetic, although you can fold down the rear seats if you need a bigger boot.
    The entry-level Access model is seriously basic  you get a CD player with an MP3 socket, but that's about it. Mid-range Active models are worth the extra, because they add air-conditioning, electric windows and remote central locking.

  • How reliable is it?

    The 107's reliability record isn't perfect; owners rated mechanical durability as merely average in the latest JD Power ownership satisfaction survey.
    Safety could also be better. Just two airbags are fitted to the basic Access model, although the rest of the range does at have side 'bags, plus the option of stability control. The 107 hasn't been crash-tested by Euro NCAP, but the virtually identical Citroen C1 achieved four-out-of-five for both adult and child safety.

  • Should I buy one?

    The 107 used to be one of our favourite city cars, thanks to its cute looks, budget pricetag and tiny running bills. The game has moved on, though, and newer models - such as the VW Up and Skoda Citigo - offer much more for similar money. Our money would go on one of those instead.