Peugeot 107 Hatchback (2009 - 2012) review
Read the Peugeot 107 hatchback (2005 - ) car review by Auto Trader's motoring experts, covering price, specification, running costs, practicality, safety and how it drives.
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The Peugeot 107 might be a few years old now, but it hasn’t aged badly. As with its sister cars, the Citroen C1 and Toyota Aygo, the front end is dominated by the high-set headlights, with LED daytime running lights and alloy wheels on the top Allure models. Access models are the most basic, lacking the black side rubbing strips, body-coloured mirrors and front foglights that come on every other model..
While the outside still looks fresh, the 107’s interior is starting to show its age, especially against some more modern rivals: the plastics are a little on the brittle side, and the flat seats offer little support. That said, the cabin has a simple charm, although it’s very much a love-it-or-hate-it affair, with the controls for the ventilation and their orange illumination likely to be a particular bugbear for some people. Despite the lack of height adjustment on the driver’s seat and the fact that the steering wheel adjusts only for height, it shouldn’t be too hard for most drivers to find a comfortable driving position.
Front-seat occupants are well catered for – better than you might expect of such a small car – but the 107 is not all that great for rear-seat passengers. Even if those in the front seats sacrifice a little legroom, the back seats are still rather tight for adults, who’ll only want to be there for short journeys. The boot, too, is rather disappointing: not only is it tiny, it’s awkward to access over the high lip and through the one-piece glass tailgate. Still, at least 50/50 split rear seats are standard across the range, allowing you to extend the boot to a more impressive size when necessary.
Ride and handling
The 107 is intended as a city car, and the good news is that it’s great in the urban jungle: the combination of its small size and light controls makes it a doddle to thread through congested city streets. It’s also surprisingly good fun, with quick steering and lively handling. However, the price you pay is a firm ride: you feel too much of low-speed bumps, which isn’t ideal in a car that’s destined to spend much of its time in the city.
The small three-cylinder, 1.0-litre petrol engine fitted in the 107 is great within the urban limits: the car feels very nippy around town. It does need to be worked pretty hard, but that’s no more than you’d expect of an engine that only develops its peak torque at 3500rpm. Plus, some drivers might enjoy the sort of hard driving that this demands. However, it’s when you get out of town that the engine reveals its shortcomings: it’s very noisy and unrefined at high revs, making long motorway journeys quite a chore.
The 107 is pretty cheap to buy – although it’s facing more and more competition from newer cars that cost much the same – and it will cost very little to run. Every model with a manual gearbox averages more than 65mpg and emits less than 100g/km, equating to zero road tax, while it’s also in low (if not quite the lowest) insurance groups.
The Peugeot 107 is a relatively straightforward car, and the hand of Toyota (who co-developed the car) can be felt in the good reliability it has demonstrated over its life. Figures from Warranty Direct show that it has been very reliable and most owners on our website back up that report.
The Peugeot 107 originally scored four stars from Euro NCAP, but in line with the newer, more stringent tests, the organisation has downgraded the car’s score to just three, saying that Peugeot has ‘failed to keep abreast of latest safety developments and standards’. Every model has a decent safety specification, with twin front, side and curtain airbags as standard, as well as stability control, anti-lock brakes, electronic brakeforce distribution and corner steering control.
Entry-level Access trim is very basic, but has a single CD player with Aux-in socket and 50/50 split rear seats, while Active adds body-coloured exterior trim, electric front windows, remote central locking and air-conditioning. At the top of the range, Allure is the only model with standard alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights and Bluetooth, as well as leather trim on the steering wheel and gear lever gaiter.
The Peugeot 107 proves that no-frills motoring doesn’t have to be boring. With cheeky looks, low running costs and a fun drive, it’s an enjoyable city car.