Peugeot 108 (2014-present)

Small, economical and with the option of a big fabric sunroof, the Peugeot 108 is also a used bargain

Strengths & Weaknesses

Strengths 

Nippy around town with good visibility
Good value in Active trim
Very cheap at one year old

Weaknesses 

The 1-litre engine lacks power out of town
Less interior space than rivals
Loses a lot of money from new

Small and economical, the Peugeot 108 is unashamedly designed for the city, where its compact dimensions make it ideal for nipping through traffic and squeezing into a tight parking space.

Its cheap price (from £8,995 as a new car and around £6,000 for a year-old model) and low insurance ratings also make it an appealing choice if you’re a new driver on a budget - as long as you choose a version that’s better suited to motorway speeds.

The 108 is available as a three door car (with two side doors and a hatchback boot), or a five-door car, which looks a little less stylish and is more expensive but makes it much easier to sit in the back. There’s also a version with a folding fabric roof, called the Top.

It might not look as cute or distinctive as the Renault Twingo, Fiat 500 or Smart ForTwo, but you can pick up a used version for less.

Despite the 108’s small dimensions, the car does have just enough headroom and legroom for two average-size adults to remain fairly comfortable on short journeys at least.

There are only two seatbelts in the back and two sets of Isofix points, which make it easy to secure child seats. ventilation is limited, though: you can't open the windows on the three-door car and they only pop out on the five-door to leave a narrow opening. Further back, the 196-litre boot is small, but a low lip makes it easy to load.

The dimensions are identical to those of the Toyota Aygo and Citroen C1, which share the same mechanical parts, but are designed differently - particularly at the front. New car prices are very similar, but the Peugeot and Citroen tend to lose value faster than the Toyota. This makes them cheaper if you’re buying used (but more expensive to own if you’re buying new).

The 108 doesn’t offer the same amount of interior space that you’ll find in the similarly-priced Volkswagen up!, Skoda Citigo, Seat Mii, Kia Picanto or Hyundai i10. The materials used inside also feel of lower quality, and technology is lacking.

For example, the dashboard screen that's standard on most cars doesn't have Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, which use your phone's map app to display clear navigation directions (although there is the less useful Mirrorlink). Nor is there a simple phone holder that you'll find in the VW up! and Seat Mii, which allows you to use your phone safely

The 108 is also less advanced than the competition on the move. Designed to offer comfort, with a soft ride over speed bumps, and easy driving thanks to its light steering, the 108 makes sense in town. But on faster roads, that steering doesn’t feel very sharp when changing direction, while the soft suspension bounces over bumps and causes the car to lean noticeably in corners.

There are two engines, which are fairly economical. Drive smoothly, and they should return around 50mpg, which the same or better than its rivals. The smaller 1-litre engine is cheap and nippy around town but underpowered on faster roads. The more powerful 1.2 litre is quieter and has better acceleration at speed.

Even so, the 108 is still not the ideal small car for motorways. Other options, including the Hyundai i10 and VW up! feel more stable at speed. Better still, a used supermini, such some versions of the Ford Fiesta, Vauxhall Corsa or Volkswagen Polo cost little more than a used 108, and provide more comfort, quietness and stability on faster roads.

Larger cars are also likely to prove safer in an accident, although the 108 performs well in crash tests, and was awarded four stars by the independent Euro NCAP safety organisation, which is respectable for a city car.

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Last Updated 

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 13:45

Key facts 

Warranty: 
Three years / 60,000 miles
Boot size: 
196 litres
Width: 
1615mm
Length: 
3475m
Height: 
1460mm
Tax: 
£120 in first year, £140 thereafter

Best Peugeot 108 for... 

Peugeot 108 Active 1.0 5dr
Capable of of more than 50mpg in real-world driving, and good value in Active trim, which has a reasonable level of equipment.
Peugeot 108 Allure 1.2 PureTech 5dr
The 1.2-litre engine’s extra performance makes driving on a motorway, or with a heavy load, much smoother. Allure has useful extra features, too, including keyless entry for when your hands are full.
Peugeot 108 GT Line 1.2 PureTech 5dr
Although no quicker than other 1.2 versions the GT Line looks it - especially thanks to it racy rear spoiler, special wheels and sporty exhaust finish.
Peugeot 108 1.0 Access 3dr
Access trim is extremely basic and could be very frustrating in the long-term. Active trim is around £1,500 more when new, but the difference is much less for a used model.

Peugeot 108 History 

  • May 2014 Model launched and prices revealed. Range encompasses basic Access, Active, Allure and Feline. Soft-top version called the 108 Top also launched.
  • 2015 Recall of 108s built in November 2014 launched concerning performance of front bumper in a crash.
  • 2016 Recall of 108s built during September and October 2014 concerning failure of steering column.
  • 2017 Peugeot 108 Collection launched in five colours with contrasting interiors.

Understanding Peugeot 108 car names 

  • 108
  • Trim level
    Allure
  • Engine
    1.2 PureTech
  • Gearbox
    2-Tronic
  • Trim level
    Each trim level offers a different amount of standard equipment. The cheapest and most basic is called Access and goes up to GT Line.
  • Engine
    The size of the engine is shown in litres. In the case of the 108, there are two options. The larger 1.2-litre engine is more powerful than the least-powerful 1-litre. PureTech indicates that it uses Peugeot's latest petrol engine technology.
  • Gearbox
    The 1-litre Peugeot 108 is available with an automatic gearbox called 2-Tronic, in addition to the manual gearbox available across the range.

Peugeot 108 Engines 

1.0 PureTech 68, 1.2 PureTech 82

The basic 1.0 PureTech engine suits the 108’s cheeky character very well. It’s nippy and gets the car away promptly from junctions and traffic lights. It's smooth too and emits a burble which sounds quite sporty.

The little engine has an oficial fuel economy figure of 67.3mpg, but estimates from the Equa Index, which tests cars in real-world conditions, show that you should only expect around 52mpg in normal driving, whether you choose the manual gearbox or automatic option called 2-Tronic.

The automatic is less impressive, as it's not very quick to react, so you might push the throttle hard for maximum acceleration and then have a lengthy wait until the car gets into the right gear.

If you regularly head outside the city, then the more powerful 1.2 PureTech is a better option. It's more relaxed to drive on the road, because you have more acceleration when you need it: not just from a standstill, but when you;re already travelling at speed. Because it doesn't have to work quite so hard, it’s almost as economical, with a real-world mpg figure of just under 50mpg.

Fuel

Official fuel economy

Power

Acceleration (0-62mph)

Top speed

1.0 PureTech 68

Petrol

67.3 – 68.9mpg

68hp

13.0 – 15.9s

99mph

1.2 PureTech 82

Petrol

65.7mpg

82hp

10.9s

106mph

Peugeot 108 Trims 

Access, Active, Allure, Collection, GT Line

Access trim is only available with the 1.0-litre engine and is very basic. It might have front electric windows and a height-adjustable steering wheel but the wheels are steel, the rear seat is a single piece and there’s no radio (there is a USB socket for an external audio device). It’s cheap but you should check out rivals before you buy.

Active is a better choice. It’s available with three and five doors but still only the 1.0-litre engine. Life’s much better in this trim thanks to air conditioning, a seven-inch touchscreen with digital radio and Bluetooth for connecting your phone wirelessly, and a split-fold rear seat that allows you to fold one of the back seats and leave another up for a passenger. The price is around £1,500 more when new but the premium is far lower for used Peugeot 108s.

Things get more sophisticated (and expensive) with Allure trim. It’s offered with both engines and body styles, and introduces alloy wheels, automatic headlights, privacy glass, a colour-reversing camera, Open & Go for keyless entry and a leather-covered steering wheel. Given the absence of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto technology, which makes it easy to use some phone apps in car (including mapping), sat-nav is a useful addition to the 108 and is available as an option from Allure level and above.

Collection also comes with both engines and in both body styles, and has diffeent styling details, including unique, contrasting colour finishes.

Top-spec GT Line is powered by the 1.2 PureTech and is available only with the five-door body. As befits its name it adds sporty touches including a rear spoiler, an exhaust finisher, climate control and leather seats.

Peugeot 108 Reliability and warranty 

This current 108 is based on the previous model which was a tough and reliable little thing. The 1.0-litre engine is a Toyota-designed unit and is very reliable. The Peugeot-designed 1.2 is newer and less proven but given how rigorously tested modern engines are, we’d be surprised if it gave trouble.

The interior trim feels a little flimsy compared with quality cars such as the VW up! That model proves city cars can be cheap but not feel or look it. For all the previous 108’s tried and trusted reliability, this new version rated only average for reliability in the 2017 Driver Power owner satisfaction survey with 6% of owners reporting a problem with their cars.

The warranty is an industry-standard three years. On the other hand, the Toyota Aygo, which is very closely related to it, has a much more impressive five-year warranty.

Used Peugeot 108 

When new, the Peugeot 108 is not the cheapest city car you can buy but once on the used market the little car plunges in value with year-old examples costing around 40% of their new price.

It’s a good age to buy since there’s still two years of warranty remaining and mileages are low. Five-door versions should hold their value better than three-door models.

Access models are the cheapest, but only a few hundred punds less than the better-equipped Access models, which are a better option for most customers.

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List price

BuyaCar new

1 year old

2 years old

3 years old

Best for performance

Price

£13,610

£12,828

£8300

Peugeot 108 GT Line 1.2 PureTech 5dr

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5.7%

39.0%

Best for families

Price

£12,560

£11,880

£6390

£5990

Peugeot 108 Allure 1.2 PureTech 5dr

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5.4%

49.12%

52.3%

Best for economy

Price

£11,060

£10,780

£7410

£6395

Peugeot 108 Active 1.0 5dr

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2.5%

33.0%

42.2%