The Peuegot 107 is available only with a three-cylinder 1.0-litre petrol engine, but in such a light car, 68bhp is generally enough. The 107 is nippy in town and can hold its own on faster roads, but coping with traffic often requires a gearchange or two. Peak torque only comes at 3600rpm and that, combined with the gearbox’s five widely-spaced ratios, means that high revs are a necessity much of the time: change up a gear too soon and you’ll find you lose what little momentum you had.
With a good view out of the 107, as well as a tight turning circle, parking and manoeuvring the little Peugeot present no problems. Trouble is, the ride is very firm for a car destined to spend most of its life in the city, and the suspension can be heard – and felt – working over rougher roads. The car handles reasonably sharply, but it soon runs out of grip if you push too hard, and the obvious body roll limits your enjoyment.
The thrummy note of the three-cylinder petrol engine is ever-present and part of the car’s charm. Less welcome, however, is the amount of road and wind noise at out-of-town speeds. Everything works smoothly, though – even the full auto programme in the semi-automatic gearbox.
The 107 is similar in price to newer rivals from the VW Group, which are better cars, and resale values are pretty weak. It’ll cost peanuts to keep on the road, though. Insurance groupings are among the lowest around and you’ll do around 66mpg on an average run.
The cabin is funky and well built, although some of the plastics and materials feel rather cut-price compared to those in modern rivals like the Volkswagen Up. The 107 is a joint effort with Toyota, which did most of the engineering work and has an excellent record for reliability. Thcar put in a solid reliability performance in the 2012 JD Power customer satisfaction survey.
Just two airbags are fitted to the basic Access model, but all other models have side ’bags, as well as two ISOFIX mountings in the rear. Curtain airbags are only available on the top Allure models, but every model does include a system to keep the car stable when braking in corners is also incorporated. A more sophisticated ESP stability control system is optional across the range.
The driving position won't suit everyone because the steering column adjusts only vertically and there's no seat height adjustment. The heater controls are poorly-marked, too, making them tricky to use. Still, there's a fresh and fun-loving character to the cabin, and visibility is very good.
Four people will fit inside the cabin, as long as they’re not too tall and are willing to share out what space there is. That’s quite an achievement in a car which is even shorter than a Mini. However, this passenger room comes at the expense of the boot space, which is tiny and accessed through an awkward hatch opening. You need to fold the split rear seats for any substantial load.
There are three trim levels in the Peugeot 107, but the cheapest (Access) is very basic. It has less safety kit than others in the range and just two speakers for the stereo, while it’s the only car in the range without remote central locking, electric front windows and air-conditioning. These come as standard on mid-range Active trim, as well as smarter looks inside and out, while the top Allure trim brings Bluetooth, daytime running lights and alloy wheels.
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