Peu­geot su­per­mini hot on the heels of ri­vals

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - FRONT PAGE - Fred­eric Manby

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.

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