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Peugeot 108

CITY SLICKER (some text hidden)

Peugeot's 108 Claims to offer a slicker solution for urban-bound motorists. June Neary checks it out

Will It Suit Me?word count: 113

Reading the press material for Peugeot's 108 prior to its arrival on my driveway was enlightening. "A compact car with an assertive character, versatile in use and above all, totally at ease in the urban environment." If the 108 could carry all that off, I'd definitely be up for one. On first glance, I was favourably impressed. You certainly can't miss this little citycar, the cheerfully grinning front end of the second generation version not quite so in-your-face as the more aggressively-penned looks of the Toyota Aygo, but more distinctive than the more conservatively-styled Citroen C1, these being the two rivals to this 108 developed off the same platform. So far, so good.

Practicalitiesword count: 290

There's a choice of three and five-door hatch bodystyles and even a TOP! version with a fabric folding roof. You get a choice of engines this time round, with the familiar 1.0-litre petrol unit being joined by an additional 1.2-litre petrol version. Peugeot still aren't offering a diesel option, which is curious when you think how budget-minded most potential buyers will be. Mind you, they'd be probably put off by the premium being charged for diesel power - am extra cost you'd be unlikely to get back with the low mileages likely to be covered by a car of this type. I wasn't expecting this to be a spacious car inside - and sure enough, it wasn't. Still, the designers have engineered in enough wheelbase to accommodate a five-door body style (an achievement in itself) and chucked in a whole host of safety features. I found that the dimensions of the 108 could really only be appreciated when walking around the car. The three door shape looks the most comfortable from a design perspective, but the five-door I tried could well prove to be a bigger commercial success. The angled window line gives the car a cute wedge profile and the flared rear haunches really emphasise the wheel-at-each-corner design. The interior of the 108 hinges around a 7-inch centrally mounted touch screen system. This display is optional on the Active trim level and standard from Allure up and it really brings the interior together so you'll be missing out if you pinch pennies here. It controls the car's media, trip computer, Bluetooth and various vehicle settings. Should you want to personalise your 108, Peugeot offer seven different themes which feature decals, trim inserts, and seat fabrics like houndstooth and tartan.

Behind the Wheelword count: 262

There is now only one engine option, a 72hp 1.0-litre VTi 72 petrol unit now capable of 68.9mpg on the combined cycle and under 100g/km of CO2 (even if you go for the auto gearbox option). The car has been designed to improve agility and manoeuvrability in town, with a turning circle of just 4.8 metres. Five or ten years ago, I'd have hesitated to use a citycar of this kind on longer journeys for safety reasons. You shuddered to think what might happen if a car of this sort had a run-in with a lorry at speed. These issues are less of a worry these days. To ensure the optimum safety of its passengers, the 108 relies on its structure for high speed impact protection - quite an accomplishment considering that a small car has to absorb impact energy quickly. Each passenger seat can accommodate a child seat, while the 50/50 split rear bench seat is equipped on both sides with ISOFIX fixtures incorporating three anchorage points for the installation of an ISOFIX child seat. This overall design has placed the 108 in the best possible position to satisfy Euro NCAP criteria for the protection of occupants. In the design of the front of the vehicle and the layout of the different mechanical components of the 108, careful attention has been paid to the consequences of a collision with a pedestrian. Thanks to a special impact beam in front of the bumper and a bonnet that creates the maximum possible distance between it and mechanical components underneath, pedestrian protection is maximised.

Value For Moneyword count: 175

There's not much to choose between the Peugeot and its obvious Citroen and Toyota rivals in terms of the asking price. There are three and five-door bodystyles. The three-door variant comes with an entry-level 'Access' trim option that'll cost you around £9,200. Otherwise, prices start from around £11,000 with 'Active' and 'Allure' options. There's also the option of a five-door 108 TOP! model with a full length retractable fabric roof. Available in the 108 is MirrorLink, which allows the user to control their car's applications through the touch screens of their smart phones. Apple iOS, Android and Windows Mobile platforms are all supported, but do remember that the system won't allow you to start updating your Facebook status when the car's on the move. Safety equipment shouldn't be an issue as even the entry-level car is fitted with Hill Start Assist, anti-lock brakes, emergency collision braking system, and electronic stability control. There are full length curtain airbags, two side airbags and two front airbags. Both rear seats are also fitted with ISOFIX child seat mounts.

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Statistics (subset of data only)

Min

Max

0-62 mph (s):

11

14.6

Combined mpg:

65.7

74.3

CO2 (g/km):

88

99

Extra urban mpg:

74.3

83.1

Height (mm):

1460

Insurance group:

6

11

... and 7 other stats available

Scoring (subset of scores)

Category: Small Runabouts

Performance
40%
Handling
70%
Comfort
70%
Space
50%
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