Peugeot 108 Hatchback ReviewJanuary 26, 2015
Cheap to run and compact and light for city driving, most models have an infotainment kit that is quite good. The boot is very tiny and the seats in the rear feel cramped. It also lacks the special feeling inside that most rival city cars have.
Two three-cylinder engines are available in petrol, the 1.0 and 1.2-litre. Neither version has outstanding performance, so the 1.0-litre may be the better bet as it is cheaper. They need to work hard to achieve decent progress and require many gear changes on steeper hills. Even at low revolution, both have a flat feeling to them.
Occupants in the vehicle tend to be jostled slightly, even though the 108 doesn’t settle on surfaces that are scarred. There is no sense of feeling in the front wheels while driving fast but its body is well controlled and it has light steering well suited for the tight manoeuvrability within the city.
Sharing its 1.0-litre engine and platform with Toyota’s Aygo and Citroen’s C1, the 108 is the most refined out of all three. Very little vibration or engine noise make their way into the cabin, although when at motorway speed, there is quite a lot of road noise. It becomes a trick to drive smoothly since the pedals are inconsistently weighted but the 1.0 has a smoother gearshift than the 1.2.
When compared to rival cars for the city, the 108 is priced very competitively. It has low emissions and was very economical in True MPG tests, making it an extremely cheap car to run.
The price unfortunately seems reflected in the look inside the cabin. The dashboard is mostly plastic that seem cheap, and the closer that you examine the interior, the cheaper it seems to look. It was too new to rank in the JD Power survey, but as a manufacturer, Peugeot ranked average for its reliability.
Standard on all models are six airbags, tyre-pressure monitoring system, stability control, and hill-hold control, a system that keeps the vehicle from rolling downhill backwards during a hill start. Euro NCAP gave the 108 four stars. There is an immobiliser for the engine which Thatcham gave a four star rating for stealing resistance, but gave only a dismal two stars for resistance to being broken into.
Seat height adjustment is only available from the mid-range Active, but you still end up sitting quite high. The steering wheel doesn’t adjust for reach but does for height. There is good visibility all ways around and the controls for the heat are easy to reach and simple to use.
Rear seats do not have a lot of space although there is plenty in the front. The way the roof tapers also causes headroom to be less than spacious in the rear. The boot is small even with the rear seats down at only 180-litres. There is a big space between the lip and the floor of the boot and the way the rear seats fold leave a large step in the loading bay.
Basic Access models come standard with power front windows, LED daytime running lights, USB and AUX connections and 14-inch steel wheels. The Active models have larger wheels, audio controls that are on the steering wheel, air-con, a DAB radio and a colour touch-screen system. The Allure models have some interesting toys like automatic lights, a camera for reversing and alloy wheels. Top of the line Feline models are much pricier but they include leather seats and climate control.