A car for all seasons
The original Peugeot 108 was a joint project with sister company Citroen and Toyota, creating three brand new city cars. Now in 2014 it’s time for the second generation version.
The basic underpinnings remain the same although the 108 is now a little longer overall, while under the bonnet there is now the option of a more powerful 1.2-litre engine alongside the previous 1.0-litre.
On the inside there’s a brandnew dashboard with smarter materials plus a touchscreen system on all bar the entrylevel model. Looks and image
Peugeot has done a good job of giving the little 108 some character. It manages to wear the new family grille with ease and with standard 15-inch alloy wheels and tinted windows on Allure models it manages to look smarter than you might expect of a humble city car. It feels more classy inside too, and although there’s the odd flash of body colour it all hangs together well. There’s also a stack of personalisation options inside and out. Space and practicality
The 108 is less than 3.5 metres long but still manages to offer respectable space inside. Up front it’s nice and airy, with comfortable front seats and plenty of space. In the rear it’s a bit tighter – adults sitting behind big front seat passengers might grumble – but kids will be happy. The boot now offers 196 litres too, and as long as you pack sensibly you can fit a decent Value for money
An Allure with the 1.2-litre engine checks in at £10,995 and for that you get a good specification; features like a reversing camera are still quite unusual for a car in this class, and there’s leather on the steering wheel and airconditioning too. The seveninch touchscreen uses phone mirroring so you can use your smartphone’s connectivity although you do need to download some new apps to get features like sat nav. The 108 would suit a range of buyers: newly-qualified drivers can get behind the wheel of the 1.0-litre Acess model for just £8,245 while older buyers can enjoy the low running costs and small-car convenience with high equipment levels on the top spec models.