The Peugeot 107, and the near-identical Toyota Aygo and Citroën C1, might have fallen off the front pages now that the Volkswagen Up is here, but owners of the baby Peugeot will wonder what all the fuss is about.
What we have here, then, is the facelifted Peugeot 107. The 107, along with its Aygo and C1 siblings, has been around since 2005, so it was due a spruce-up. The bottom line is that if you liked the previous Peugeot 107, you’ll like this revised one because it is mechanically identical.
The front bumper is now a little more aggressive, replacing the smiley mouth with a gaping grille that gives the car a passing resemblance to a puffer fish, but its testament to the original car that the basic shape still retains a fresh aesthetic appeal and doesn’t appear dated. There are also some nice styling touches such as the neatly integrated rear door on the five-door version.
So the 107 Urban is available as either a three-door or five-door car. All variants share the same 998cc engine producing 68bhp, with 70lb ft of torque appearing at 3600rpm. Peugeot has tweaked the ECU for this facelift to improve economy slightly – the 107 now returns 62.8mpg on the combined cycle while emitting just 103g/km of CO2, or 61.4mpg/106g/km for the 2-Tronic-equipped five-speed auto version. Auto or manual, however, this is a cheap car to run as it sits comfortably in VED band B.
Performance is modest (and unchanged despite a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it 1bhp boost. The 0-62mph dash takes 14.2sec (14.9sec for the auto) and top speed is 100mph – but it’s a gutsy little unit and makes some pleasing noises, so nipping around town can be a lot of fun. The turning circle is impressive too, which, combined with light steering, makes parking a doddle.