Peugeot's 107 has cheeky looks and a great engine. Running costs are low and quality is solid.
The Peugeot 107 is smart-looking and cheap to run, but more modern rivals – especially from the Volkswagen Group – mean it shows its age in some areas.
On the road
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
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.
Ride & Handling
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.