Puegeot 107 passes the test

Peugeot 107
Peugeot 107

PEUGEOT 107

Peugeot’s 107 has a tough task in the burgeoning city car sector. Can it continue to deliver sales? We’ve been running one on our long-term fleet to find out and Steve Walker reports.

Peugeot 107

Peugeot 107

Small cars are everywhere just at present, the manufacturers having cottoned onto the fact that these cheap and cheerful conveyances are only going to get more popular in the future.

It all bodes well for the Peugeot 107 which got its wheels under the city car market’s top table well in advance of the current boom. W

hether or not it’s able to capitalise on the growing demand will hinge on how it compares to the market’s high profile newcomers. We figured that a long-term test of Peugeot’s little ‘un was the ideal way to find out.

The 107 may be simple but it’s well conceived and it displays the kind of chirpy, bright design that you want in a little urban scoot.

The dimensions can really only be appreciated when walking around the car: it’s only 3.4 meters long.

The three-door shape looks the most comfortable from a design perspective. The angled window line gives the car a cute wedge profile and the flared rear haunches really emphasise the wheel-at-each-corner design.

There are some neat design touches too. The glazed-in area surrounding the rear window is finished in black, giving it a very distinctive rump, especially when the car is painted in paler colours.

The five-door car is less arresting to look at but the extra practicality will be a must for many buyers.

We’ve found that headroom inside the car isn’t at all bad, even for someone well over six feet tall and the big glass area up front gives an airy feel to the cabin.

The rear of the three-door car is considered by some to be slightly claustrophobic and could only really be suitable for the kids.

Rear kneeroom in the five door car is little better but at least the car’s beltline is a little lower, making it feel a little less hemmed in.

Bootspace is the same, whether you choose the three or the five-door – 139 litres with all the seats in place or 751 litres with the rear seat folded.

Handling we’ve found to be very good. Although the 107 is short and tall, you can push the car very hard and it never feels disconcertingly ‘tippy’.

The front seats are reasonably good and ride quality is otherwise OK.

The steering feels a little rubbery at first but you’ll be able to position the 107 with millimetric precision, helped by a throttle pedal that’s easy to modulate.

The Peugeot 107 sits somewhere in the middle of the modern city car sector, with it’s tough build, good practicality and a lively drive all go in the plus column for Peugeot’s offering and after time spent behind the wheel, you’d have to say there’s very little that’s seriously wrong.

The 107 has established itself well since launch and though the competition is getting stiffer, it should continue to do its manufacturer very proud indeed.

FACTS AT A GLANCE

CAR: Peugeot 107range

PRICES: £8,095-£10,845 - on the road

INSURANCE GROUP: 3 [1-50 scale]

CO2 EMISSIONS: 99-104g/km

PERFORMANCE: 0-60mph 14.2s/Max Speed 100mph

FUEL CONSUMPTION: (combined) 65.7mpg

STANDARD SAFETY FEATURES: Twin front and side airbags on all except entry-level model, ABS, EBD

WILL IT FIT IN THE GARAGE? Length/Width/Height 3430/1630/1470mm

WHO TO SEE? Motorhaven Peugeot, 323 Bexhill Road, St Leonards-on-Sea, TN38 8AJ

Tel: 01424 444442

www.motorhaven.co.uk