Peugeot supermini hot on the heels of rivals
BOOMING sales of high-price luxury and sports cars in China and other “emerging economies” will not be matched in most of Britain, where recession is hitting household budgets.
Fortunately spending less does not have to mean running a tinny hatchback these days. Kia and Hyundai have shown that decent quality is available at subEuropean prices. Now the Europeans are having to respond.
By 2005, Toyota, Peugeot and Citroën had pooled their resources to produce the Aygo, 107 and C1 superminis – bright-eyed city cars with enough oomph for a daily commute or tightly-packed holiday. Each came with three or five doors and visual flair at that time absent in South Korea. Next month Peugeot releases its revised 107. There is a re-drawn face with daylight running lights. The mechanical news is a 99g/km version of the 998cc three-cylinder petrol engine – meaning no annual road tax and no congestion zone charges in London.
The 68bhp three-pot motor raises 70 lb ft of torque, to reach 62mph in 14.2 seconds, and a flat-out 100mph when you get it on the autobahn. The official fuel figures are (rounded off) 55.4mpg urban, 74.3 extra urban and 65.7 overall, so a daily average of 60mpg should be possible. Prices open at £7,995 for the three-door Access model but six out of ten sales have been five-door models and with this engine the five-door in Active trim is £9,345.