New Peugeot city car gets three-cylinder engines; claimed to be more upmarket and premium-feeling than 107
13 February 2014

The new Peugeot 108 aims to be one of the lightest and most efficient cars in its class, following its reveal at the Geneva motor show.

The French manufacturer aims to give the 108 a range of "ultra-efficient three-cylinder engines" and a kerb weight as low as 840kg. The model will again be produced alongside sister models from Toyota and Citroën in the Czech Republic.

Measuring 3.47m long and 1.6m wide, the new 108 hatchback comes in both three-door and five-door forms, supplemented by the addition of a new convertible version that has a fabric roll-back roof that's likely to command a premium of around £1000 over a standard hatch. Peugeot says the electrically powered convertible roof is 80cm wide and 76cm long and can be opened in stages.

The styling of the new car is more sophisticated and polished than the outgoing model, as befits Peugeot’s attempt to be seen as a more upmarket and premium competitor in the mainstream car market.

The tightly fitted headlamps and grille give the car a similar look to the new 308, while the rear lights have the same 'lion’s claw mark' rear-light cluster graphics. The tailgate has a single-piece glass exterior skin.

Peugeot says that the 108's cabin "feels like it comes from a much large premium car". The speedo housing is, once again, mounted on an adjustable steering column and includes an analogue speedo and LCD screen.

More upmarket options will include a 7-inch infotainment touchscreen, keyless entry and push-button start and automatic air conditioning. The touchscreen operates the MirrorLink system for Android, Windows and Blackberry phones and uses an app to work with Apple phones, too. 

This system allows the smartphone to be operated via the touchscreen, though when the car is on the move, only navigation and other infotainment apps can be activated. Peugeot is also offering ‘Peugeot Music’, its own internet radio station.

The new 108 will come in Access, Active and Allure trim levels and will also feature plenty of personalisation options.

At launch, the new 108 will come with a range of small-capacity three-cylinder engines. A 1.0-litre VTi with 68bhp is the entry-level option, emitting up to 97g/km of CO2 in its standard form, with an e-VTi version bringing that down to 88g/km.

The more powerful 1.2-litre VTi has 82bhp and emits 99g/km of CO2. Peugeot will offer the 108 with a five-speed manual or five-speed automated manual transmission.

All the engines are three-cylinder petrol units. Diesel engines, especially in EU6 form, are now too expensive to be used in entry-level city cars and are unlikely to be cost-effective with petrol engines now making huge strides forward in terms of economy.

As expected from an entry-level city car, the 108's running gear is simple with a ‘pseudo-McPherson strut’ front suspension and deformable rear axle made from a shaped tube. 

Peugeot says the latter is lighter and better performing than a traditional axle made from pressed steel.  

Six airbags are standard, as is electric power steering. The car comes on either 14in or 15in wheels, depending on specification. ABS, electronic brake force distribution and switchable ESP is standard as is a speed limiter. Automatic lighting and a rear-view camera are on the options list.

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The Peugeot 107 has been relegated to 'average' in the city car market, being outclassed by the Hyundai i10

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14 February 2014
I want to like it but I cant. The front does nothing for me, the side profile looks awful and I actually said "urgh" outloud when I saw the rear lights. Maybe it looks better in the metal?

14 February 2014
I saw the new 308 yesterday .... did not know until it went past. Thought it was an old Kia with glued on drl's. This car is uglier and duller than that! As for the 'convertible', do me a favour .... that is a fabric sunroof.

14 February 2014
Where's the convertible version referred to? All I can see is a fixed roof hatchback with a big sunroof. To be honest, I quite like the car itself, but this new trend of calling cars with a big folding sunroof a convertible is getting a bit silly now. Back in the 80's the like's of Ford and VW wouldn't have had the audacity to call the Escort or Golf as such as they had a roll over bar, so they at least used the term cabriolet. Other that that, nice little car that I think deserves to do well.

14 February 2014
After seeing the new Renault Twingo, this new Peugeot looks oh-so-dull and conservative. I'm sure that the design could be rescued by more adventurous detailing, but I'm not attracted to the car as it is. It will be interesting to see if VW revise the specifications of the Up triplets, because I can't see any small car selling now if it doesn't get below 100gm/km CO2 emissions. In this respect, Peugeot have got it right. Do they mean flexible rear axle, not deformable? Deformable suggests that it crumples.

14 February 2014
Thought the following says alot about the future of dieselm in smaller cars at least "Diesel engines, especially in EU6 form, are now too expensive to be used in entry-level city cars and are unlikely to be cost-effective with petrol engines now making huge strides forward in terms of economy." Never did understood why anyone bought small'ish diesel cars and did less than 18,000 miles a year,anyway but it's looks like the writing is on the wall now anyhow

 

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14 February 2014
Since seeing the new 308, I'm getting the impression that Peugeot is adopting a Volkswagen Group type styling. Styling niggles aside, the French maker does get our attention with class leading weight and efficiency figures.

14 February 2014
Having had experience of owning a C1, I'll definitely consider one of the new cars. The only advantage to the Aygo is the 5 year warranty, but my C1 cost so little during my time with it that any one will do. My only hope is that the gearbox is less of a lottery. Changing down from fifth to fourth required a deft touch but that was about my only complaint. I was going to change my car fairly soon, but I think I'll just leave it until these new cars appear.

14 February 2014
What does this mean? Is the car's top speed limited and if so to what speed. Or is this a driver selectable aid to keeping within speed limits? Perhaps the bigger question is, are we about to see a whole range of cars fitted with speed limiters simply because Bosch - or whoever the supplier involved is - chooses to provide this option?

14 February 2014
LP in Brighton wrote:
What does this mean? Is the car's top speed limited and if so to what speed. Or is this a driver selectable aid to keeping within speed limits? Perhaps the bigger question is, are we about to see a whole range of cars fitted with speed limiters simply because Bosch - or whoever the supplier involved is - chooses to provide this option?
Plenty of cars have speed limiters; it's selectable by the driver. I think a lot of current cars that use Cruise Control have this option combined. Not sure if this will be a system similar to Ford's where it allows other drivers to have limited top speeds, or if it'll just be selectable for every time the driver drives the car.


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14 February 2014
I am somewhat surprised at the negative comments about its looks posted so far. I like it. But we all like different things. However its sad to see the rear windows of the 5 door are still on hinges, not proper drop down ones. Does no one open the window any more? On the other hand, the huge sunroof is a great idea (apart from calling it convertible). I approve of a larger engine too. Any chance of a turbo being attached to one of these new 3 pots? A proper pocket rocket would be another good thing to see on this new model.

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