A car for all sea­sons

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Summer Fun -

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.

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