Peugeot 108 2018 RHD front cornering shot

Peugeot 108 review

Costs & verdict

Manufacturer price from:£12,265
What Car? Target Price£11,363
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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2

The 108 looks competitively priced, and it even manages to be cheaper the own than the Toyota Aygo, with which it shares many parts.

Running a 108 should be a painless experience, too; 99g/km CO2 emissions mean company car users will pay a relatively low rate of Benefit-In-Kind (BIK) tax. The 1.0-litre petrol engine performed particularly well in our True MPG tests for real-world fuel economy, too, achieving an impressive 54mpg. Even an equivalent Skoda Citigo Greentech is very slightly more expensive every month.

Most 108s are bought on PCP finance, though, and Peugeot has some attractive deals that put it near the top of the cheapest city cars to buy on a PCP deal.

Equipment, options and extras

Peugeot says the most popular spec is the mid-range Active model, which comes with a plastic steering wheel and gearknob, and no rev-counter (it’s a £40 option) but does have electric front windows, that neat touchscreen, manual air-conditioning, and 15in steel wheels. We reckon it’s probably the best mix of equipment and value.

Splash out a little more for the Allure and you get quite a few gadgets, while range-topping Feline brings climate control and leather upholstery, but at a price that’s hard to justify.

Reliability

The 108 has yet to appear in the What Car? Reliability Survey, but Peugeot didn't put in a stellar showing as a brand – it placed 24th out of 31 manufacturers in the table.

All vehicles first registered in the UK and purchased from a UK Peugeot Dealer benefit from a Peugeot two-year unlimited-mileage manufacturer’s warranty and a free optional additional year of warranty provided by Peugeot dealers; this is respectable but no match for the five-year standard warranty offered on the Hyundai i10.

On top of this, all new Peugeots also come with a year of breakdown cover.

Peugeot 108 2018 RHD infotainment shot

Safety and security

The 108 received four stars out of a maximum five in Euro NCAP safety tests, scoring 80% for both adult and child occupant protection; those figures are almost a perfect match for the scores posted by the Hyundai i10.

Every 108 gets six airbags, hill-start control, tyre-pressure monitoring, ESP and a speed limiter (on manual models). It also has ISOfix anchoring points, and Allure trim and above gets automatic headlights.

All versions get remote central locking, a steering column lock and an immobiliser. Even so, security firm Thatcham has rated the 108 poorly in its resistance to being broken into, awarding it two stars out of a possible five. Its resistance to being driven away is better, though – it scored four.

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Verdict

Cheap to run and good touch-screen system; rivals are more spacious, though

  • Generous standard equipment list
  • Low running costs
  • Cramped rear cabin
  • Boot is small, even for a city car
  • Too much engine, wind and road noise

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