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 value quickly from new
Best New Discount

Peugeot 108 Hatchback 1.0 72 collection 5dr

Total RRP £13,980

Your quote £12,699

You Save £1,281

2018 Mercedes A-Class prices from £4,295   Finance from £67 per month

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 low insurance ratings make it an appealing choice if you;re a new driver on a budget, as does its cheap price. Nearly new 2018 Peugeot 108s start at £7,309, or from £119 per month with finance at BuyaCar. New cars cost from under £10,000 and are also available with Peugeot's popular Just Add Fuel package, which includes insurance, finance, breakdown cover, servicing and tax in a single monthly payment.

The 108 is available as a three door car (with two side doors and a hatchback boot), or a five-door car, which is more practical as its rear doors make getting into the back easier for rear-seat passengers. There’s also a version with a folding fabric roof, called the Top, which coms into its own on sunny days.

It might not look as cute or distinctive as the Renault Twingo, Fiat 500 or Smart ForTwo, but that's reflected in the price: a year-old 108 is around £1,000 less than an equivalent version from this trio.

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. However, if their young occupants begin to feel car sick, note that you can’t open the rear windows in the three-door entry-level Access version to give them fresh air. They only pop out on the five-door car 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 look different - 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 they may be more expensive to finance from 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 too, although equipment levels are reasonable.

Since the middle of 2018, all new 108 models have been fitted with a 7in touchscreen. With the exception of entry-level Access cars, this includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which allow you to use phone, messaging, music and podcast apps on the touchscreen when your phone is plugged in. Map apps work too, giving you clear navigational directions without the need for a separate sat-nav. Hey Google or Siri voice control can also be used.

Older models still have the 7in touchscreen (apart from Access cars) but fewer were fitted with CarPlay or Android Auto. There's no phone holder allowing you to use your phone legally, such as you'll find in the VW up! and Seat Mii. Every 108 apart from early Access versions include air conditioning and a height-adjustable driver's seat, while higher-specification Allure cars have a reversing camera and keyless start as standard. 

On the move, the 108 is less accomplished than the competition. 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 you change direction, while the soft suspension bounces over bumps and causes the car to lean noticeably in corners.

New models are available with just one engine; a 1-litre petrol engine with a manual or an automatic gearbox. Prior to 2019, you could choose from two petrol engines: a less powerful 1.0 litre and a larger 1.2-litre engine, with better acceleration that makes the 108 a tolerable motorway performer. Expect around 50mpg in real-world conditions, whatever engine you choose, which the same or sightly better than its rivals.

Rivals, including the Hyundai i10 and VW up! feel more stable at speed. Better still, a used small car, such some versions of the Ford Fiesta, Vauxhall Corsa or Volkswagen Polo, are larger, cost little more than a second-hand 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 in 2014, a respectable mark for a city car. However, cars tested more recently must undergo tougher tests, so the four star standard has risen since then.

Last Updated 

Friday, February 8, 2019 - 13:45

Key facts 

Warranty: 
Three years / 60,000 miles
Boot size: 
196 litres
Width: 
1615mm
Length: 
3475mm
Height: 
1460mm
Tax: 
£125 in first year, £140 thereafter

Best Peugeot 108 for... 

Peugeot 108 Active 1.0 5dr
The 108 will return about 50mpg in real-world driving with the latest 1-litre, 72 horsepower engine. It's good value in Active trim, which has a reasonable level of equipment.
Peugeot 108 Allure 1.2 PureTech 5dr (used)
It's no longer available new but the 1.2-litre 108 is best for full car loads because it has extra power. Allure models come with useful extras, 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 (no longer available new) 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. Better-equipped Active trim is around £1,700 more when new, but the difference is much less for a used model.

Peugeot 108 History 

  • July 2014 New 108 goes on sale. Range encompasses basic Access, Active, Allure and Feline. Soft-top version called the 108 Top also launched. Engine choice between 1-litre 68hp and 1.2 82hp petrol versions.
  • May 2015 Roland Garros special edition based on Allure model, as an open-roofed Top model in white, or black metallic, paint. Extras include climate control, 15in alloy wheels with orange centre caps, keyless entry and Roland Garros branding
  • 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.
  • August 2017 Peugeot 108 Collection launched in five colours with contrasting interiors.
  • May 2018 New, cleaner 1-litre 72hp petrol engine becomes the only power option 

Understanding Peugeot 108 car names 

  • 108
  • Trim level
    Allure
  • Engine
    1.0 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 Collection (GT Line on pre-2019 used cars).
  • Engine
    The size of the engine is shown in litres. In general, larger motors are more powerful. PureTech is the name for Peugeot's latest technology.
  • Gearbox
    The Peugeot 108 is available with an automatic gearbox called 2-Tronic or a manual gearbox.

Peugeot 108 Engines 

1.0 PureTech 72hp
Mid-2018 & earlier engines: 1.0 Puretech 68, 1.2 PureTech 82

The 108 comes with just one engine: a 1-litre petrol producing 72 horsepower. It’s nippy and gets the car away promptly from junctions and traffic lights. It's smooth too and emits a burble that sounds quite sporty.

You can expect fuel economy of around 50mpg, according to the Equa Index, which tests real-world fuel consumption. The figure isn't too far off the 57mpg listed in official figures.

The most common cars on the used market use the older 1-litre 68hp or 1.2 82hp engines. Equa Index figures show that typical fuel economy in normal driving is also around 50mpg; some way off the 65mpg+ of official figures.

If you regularly head outside the city, then the more powerful 1.2 PureTech is a better choice. The last new ones were sold at the end of 2018, so you can still get a reasonably new model.

It's more relaxing 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 as the smaller engine, with a real-world mpg figure of just under 50mpg.

Whether fitted to the new engine or the older one, the automatic gearbox is not very impressive. It’s slow to react, meaning you push the throttle hard for maximum acceleration and then face a lengthy wait until the car gets into the right gear.

Fuel

Official fuel economy

Power

Acceleration (0-62mph)

Top speed

1.0 PureTech 72

Petrol

57mpg

72hp

13.8sec

99mph

1.0 PureTech 68 (used only)

Petrol

67.3 – 68.9mpg

68hp

13.0 – 15.9s

99mph

1.2 PureTech 82 (used only)

Petrol

65.7mpg

82hp

10.9s

106mph

Peugeot 108 Trims 

Access, Active, Allure, Collection, GT Line

New and used, Access trim is available only with a 1-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 - only the latter has separate back doors for rear occupants. Life’s much better in this trim thanks to air conditioning and a seven-inch touchscreen with digital radio and Bluetooth for connecting your phone wirelessly (new models have more features including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto). Conveniently, it has a split-fold rear seat that allows you to fold one of the back seats to create more luggage room and leave another up for a passenger. The price is around £1,700 more when new but the premium is far lower for used Peugeot 108s.

Allure trim brings more equipment. Used ones are available with the old 1-litre or 1.2-litre petrol engines but all new versions have the 1-litre 72hp petrol engine, the only engine currently offered. It comes in three and five-door body styles, and introduces alloy wheels, automatic headlights, privacy glass, a colour-reversing camera, keyless entry and start, and a leather-covered steering wheel.

Collection also comes with the old 1.0 and 1.2 engines as well as the new 1.0-litre unit and in both body styles, but looks a little more upmarket and has contrasting colour finishes.

Top-spec GT Line is no longer available new. It’s powered by the 1.2 PureTech engine and has a five-door body (there’s no three-door version). This sportier trim adds touches including a rear spoiler above the back screen, climate control and leather seats.

Peugeot 108 Reliability and warranty 

The Peugeot 108 has proven to be reasonably tough and eliable since it was launched. Customers rated the car in the 2017 Auto Express Driver power survey, where it had an average reliability record, with 6 per cent of owners having 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 you'll save money with a used one, as prices plummet and. Even 2018 cars with low mileage are substantially cheaper than when brand new. Current BuyaCar prices for these models start at £7,309, or from £119 per month with finance.

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.

Older versions are an excellent budget choice, particularly as first cars. BuyaCar prices for four year-old 108s currently start at £4,295. Finance looks particularly affordable, with monthly payments from £67 per month. Access models are the cheapest, but only a few hundred pounds less than the better-equipped Active cars, which are a better option for most customers.

 

1 year old

2 years old

3 years old

Best for performance Peugeot 108 GT Line 1.2 PureTech 5dr

n/a

Best for families Peugeot 108 Allure 1.2 PureTech 5dr

£6,990

£6,490

£5,350

Best for economy Peugeot 108 Active 1.0 5dr

£5,888

£4,991

£4,321

Peugeot 108 Prices

Peugeot 108 Active

1.0 72 active 3dr

  • Doors 3
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 68.9mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £11,344

You could save up to: £581

1.0 72 active 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 68.9mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £11,710

You could save up to: £615

1.0 72 active 5dr 2-tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 67.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £11,712

You could save up to: £613

Peugeot 108 Allure

1.0 72 allure 3dr

  • Doors 3
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 68.9mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £12,630

You could save up to: £700

1.0 72 allure 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 68.9mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £12,481

You could save up to: £1249

1.0 72 allure 5dr 2-tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 67.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £12,483

You could save up to: £1247

Peugeot 108 Collection

1.0 72 collection 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 68.9mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £12,699

You could save up to: £1281

1.0 72 collection 5dr 2-tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 67.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £12,702

You could save up to: £1278