- Cheap to run
- Green, efficient engines
- Impressive standard kit
- Limited boot space
- Poor quality cabin materials
- Unrefined at motorway speeds
Good value city car packed to the rafters with kit
The Peugeot 108 is the French manufacturer’s entry into the incredibly crowded city car market. First introduced in 2014 to replace the outgoing 107, the 108 remains one of Britain’s, and Peugeot’s best-selling city cars. Based on the same platform as the Citroen C1 and the Toyota Aygo, the 108 is a solid, if unspectacular option. With attractive aesthetics, cheap running costs, and lots of kit as standard, the 108 represents excellent value for money, particularly for first time drivers.
Quality design, excellent infotainment, cheap materialse
Visually, the interior of the 108 is one of the best on the market. It’s let down by the poor quality of materials on show, but with an excellent infotainment centre, and impressive standard kit, the 108 still represents great value.
The dashboard of the 108 is a well-designed, contemporary affair, that features easy to use, well-damped switches. Unfortunately, the majority of materials in the cabin feel a little bit on the cheap side. This is a cheap car, so it is to be somewhat expected, but it doesn’t quite carry the class of a Volkswagen Up!, or the Skoda Citigo. Nevertheless it still feels solid, it’s just a shame the excellent design isn’t backed up with higher-grade plastics.
Space wise, the 108 doesn’t carry the biggest capacity in the city car class. With just 180 litres of boot space, it falls way behind the majority of its rivals, with the Hyundai i10 offering 251 litres, and the Seat Mii offering one litre less. There’s enough room for a reasonable amount of shopping, but not much else. The boot is also an awkward shape, which makes the limited space less useable than it could be.
Equipment levels in the 108 are impressive, especially for a car in this price range. The popular mid-range Active trim comes with air-con, front electric windows, and an excellent infotainment system. Fed through a 7” touchscreen colour display, the system lets you mirror your Google maps from your phone. It’s really easy to use, and is easily one of the best systems available in a city car.
Overall, the inside of the 108 is a bit of a mixed bag. The design of the cabin is impressive, but is let down by cheap-feeling materials. There’s not much room in the boot either, especially when you compare it to rivals, but the excellent infotainment system redeems the 108’s flaws.
Good to drive around town, but not class-leading
The Peugeot 108 is a car that’s designed to perform in the city, and it actually performs reasonably well. Steering is light and consistent, which makes weaving through traffic in busy town centres a doddle. Get the 108 up to speed however, and it’s not quite so impressive. There’s very little feedback from the front wheels, especially on winding country roads.
Ride refinement in the 108 is actually pretty decent. It handles all but the worst of rough surfaces and city-centre potholes with ease. Get the 108 on the motorway though and things get a little less impressive. There’s an awful lot of road, wind, and engine noise that seeps through into the cabin, and bumps taken at speed can jolt you and your passengers around.
Gearbox options in the 108 come in two guises. The standard throughout the range is a five speed manual that features a short throw, which makes it sharp, and easy to change gear quickly around town. The optional ETG automatic however is less impressive. It’s slow to keep up with driver demands, so it can become frustrating over time.
A solid range of green, efficient engines
When it comes to deciding how you want to power your 108, you’ve only got one fuel option: petrol. Engines throughout the range are efficient and clean, but the low-powered entry-level engine can only really perform around town.
If it’s power that you want from your 108, you’re more than likely going to be disappointed with those on offer. This is a city car however, so that’s to be expected. The nippiest engine in the range is the 1.2 VTi, which produces 82bhp, and gets from 0-62mph in 11 seconds. It’s enough to feel quick around town, whilst it still manages reasonably well on motorways.
Eco-friendly buyers will be pleased to learn that all engines in the 108 range are good for the environment. Sub-100g/km CO2 emissions are to be found across the range. The greenest of them all is the 1.0 litre petrol unit, which produces just 95g/km. That’s enough to get you free road tax, and to give you peace of mind that you’re not ruining the ecosystem. This engine option is also the best for money-savers, with up to 68.9mph on offer, you can save yourself even more money at the petrol station each week.
Whichever engine you choose to go for in your 108, you’re going to get a clean, efficient car. If you’re planning on using your 108 outside of the city with any regularity, it’s worth shelling out a little bit more for the higher powered 1.2 litre unit.
Class-standard NCAP results, solid standard safety kit
Like most cars in its class, the Peugeot 108 achieved a 4-star NCAP safety rating. Only the VW Up!/Seat Mii/Skoda Citigo trio achieved 5-stars in this class. With scores of 80% in adult protection, 80% in child protection, and 62% in pedestrian safety, the 108 matches the VW for child protection, betters it for pedestrian safety (by 16%), but falls short in adult protection (by 9%). There’s also good standard safety kit in the 108. You’re going to get six airbags, ESP, a speed-limiter, and a tyre-pressure monitoring system no matter which 108 you choose to go for.
Excellent value for money, if you avoid the cost of new-car depreciation
The Peugeot 108 represents incredible value for money. Throughout the range CO2 emissions are sub-100g/km, which means that no matter which 108 you go for, you’re going to get free road tax. Fuel efficiency is equally impressive, with no car falling below the 65mpg mark.
Insurance costs in the 108 are also good value for money. It’s not the cheapest car in its class, but nevertheless, the most expensive model in the range is still only in group 12 (1.2 VTi Feline), whilst the cheapest model is the reasonably priced 1.0 Active, which is in group 6.
Depreciation is a factor with the 108, but only if you choose to buy from new. With first year depreciation as high as 40%, you’re better off opting for an inspected used equivalent.
The Peugeot 108 is a good solid all-rounder in the city car market. It’s not quite as impressive as some rivals, but it still represents excellent value for money. Interior quality might not be the best, and it’s not particularly refined at speed, but it’s great around town, and incredibly cheap to run.
Buying a used Peugeot 108 online with Carspring
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*This is an approximate figure based on the range of the car’s list price and the AA’s average 1st-year depreciation cost of 40%.