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Mid-life refresh for Peugeot's city car
Autocar
17 April 2009

What is it?

This is the facelifted Peugeot 107, the French manufacturer’s popular city car. The car is near identical to the Citroen C1 and Toyota Aygo and has been around since 2005, so it’s time for a spruce-up.

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 there are also neat styling touches such as the neatly integrated rear door on the five-door version.

What’s it like?

If you liked the previous Peugeot 107, you’ll like this because it is mechanically identical.

Peugeot has tweaked the ECU slightly so that the 1.0-litre three-pot motor now returns 62.7mpg on the combined cycle instead of 61.3mpg – not a big change but an impressive figure nonetheless.

Performance is the same despite an increase of 1bhp to 68bhp (70lb ft of torque), which means that 0-60mph takes 14.2 seconds.

It’s a gutsy little unit, though, and makes a pleasing sound, so nipping around town can be fun.

There is an impressive turning circle and the light steering makes parking easy.

We tested the mid-range Peugeot 107 Urban, which has standard features over the Urban Lite such as electric front windows, side airbags and remote central door locking.

The Peugeot 107 Urban now comes in two all-new colours; ‘Mandalin Orange’ and ‘Electra Blue’ supplement the existing range of Raven Black, Citrus Yellow, Laser Red, Carbon Grey and Zircon Grey.

Inside little has changed, and there is still the intriguing back-lit translucent panel for the heating/ventilation. Overall it is airy and roomy for a car this size.

Should I buy one?

For a city car the 107 Urban ticks all the right boxes - nippy, easy to drive, spacious - bar one.

The Peugeot 107 Urban is quite expensive for what is supposed to be a cheap car. It costs more, in fact, than a Hyundai i10 Style, which has a bigger engine, more power and heated seats.

Maybe it is time Peugeot looked at a more comprehensive update.

Ollie Stallwood

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blowerbentley 20 April 2009

Re: Peugeot 107 1.0 Urban

More cheese please, Grommet.

aceman 20 April 2009

Re: Peugeot 107 1.0 Urban

I've never liked the style of the Peugeot's I don't know how to describe it... But on this car at least the styling is a more modern. Although a one litre doesn't seem the correct size for an engine. I haven't heard that Peugeot have made a higher size, but if they had why have Autocar tested this one? Anyway, I found the space in the back okay (from what I've seen from the pictures) it's no tardis in there but it doesn't need to be.

Autocar wrote:
The car is near identical to the Citroen C1 and Toyota Aygo
Well, I agree sort of. But it sounds like Autocar are saying that Peugeot have been lazy in design. But there are a lot of small golf sized cars out there that do look the same, which, being small, is probably why.

Audi Tastic 20 April 2009

Re: Peugeot 107 1.0 Urban

Orangewheels wrote:

I'm not the best with Photoshop but I'm sure I could find something better to fill that opening - how about this:

107 Improvement

It does look a lot more balanced with a mouthfull of teeth!