The Peugeot 108 is one of three city cars that share the same chassis and engines, the other two being the Citroën C1 and Toyota Aygo. Like Citroën, but not Toyota, Peugeot has chosen to offer two petrol engines for its 108 – both three-cylinder motors, of 1.0 and 1.2 litres.
There’s also the choice of three doors or five, and Peugeot also offers the 108 as a cabriolet, called the Top. Beyond these choices, there are four trims to decide between (three on top models) which feature different grades of interior finish and equipment.
Peugeot has given its little city car a boost thanks to extra technology and wide variety of styling options available to customers, and the 108 is certainly an improvement on the previous 107.
However, the class-leading Hyundai i10, Skoda Citigo and Volkswagen Up are better in almost every area, from passenger space to practicality and performance. They’re offered for a similar price, too, although they’re not quite as well equipped as the Peugeot.
The 108’s biggest issue is its refinement. Both its engines are thrashy and send a lot of vibration through the controls, and wind and road noise are constant companions. It’s for that reason that it remains a decent, well-priced alternative choice rather than a class contender.