On the road with the Peugeot 108

Peugeot 108This month’s road test puts me in the driving seat of the new Peugeot 108.

Not really a big fan of the small eco car, but on the basis that I used to own an eco warrior, I thought it better that I give this little Ivor the Steam Engine at chance at hitting the big time.

OK, its chic, small, and actually not a bad looking car that I’m sure this will appeal to all the girls. Inside its funky and well set out with minimal fuss. Actually I like both the outside and the inside.
So, have Peugeot got it right? Well, let’s see what’s occurring Gav.

Power and Efficiency:
Let’s get straight to the business end shall we? 0-62 in, well let’s just say it’s good for a car in this class. The little PUG will also at some point achieve a top speed of 99mph. This performance comes from a 3-cyl 1.0 petrol engine. The sound it makes is like it’s trying to tell you that it really is a right little racer, but when you eventually come back down to reality, it’s not about performance , it’s about saving you money and the planet.

On the road:
The 108 is a very playful little city car that is safe, but also a practical little car. I am sure that any modern eco motorist or city driver will find it a real giggle. It’s also really quite agile, as well as reactive. To be honest, I really do enjoy driving it.

Peugeot 108Design and Interior:
The 108 is a massive improvement over the old 107 and the new model offers a first rate experience that is achieved through a combination of interior quality, attention to detail and a wide range of equipment and technology. I like the interior a lot. With Peugeot’s assertive new exterior styling, a chic ‘about town’ character all adds up to make it the city car of distinction. Plus let’s not forget the huge array of personalisation options inside and out. This car oozes appeal as much, dare I say it? – the little Fiat 500.

Inside, it’s all good. There is plenty of standard kit – like a DAB Radio, automatic headlights, and LED daytime running lights. Plus as you move up the model range, the list gets better with the addition of a multi function steering wheel, electric front windows, ESP, curtain airbags, reversing camera and keyless entry. This list is just a small selection of what’s on offer, plus like for like, the 108 has more equipment than the favoured VW UP! If you really are a wind in the hair thrills sort of person, then there is even an electric sliding fabric roof option.

Just as you can with the Fiat 500, the little 108 can also be pimped to your personal choice. Personalisation choices are now a big part in today’s small car market. The 108 offers options for every type of buyer. The options are an array of stunning palette colours, roof colours, dashboards, exterior decals, ‘theme kits’ and a range of accessories sold through you local dealer.

To sum up:
I actually like the Peugeot 108 – it gives you all the things you need from a city car.
Price: from £9,895 OTR
Engine: 998cc
Power: 68bhp @ 6000 rpm
Torque 95.5Nm @ 4800rpm
Gearbox: 5 speed
0-62: 14.6 sec
Economy: 74.3 mpg (combined)
CO2 Emissions: 88 g/km  By Anthony Yates

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