Peugeot 107 – Eco Car

A super cheap, super small, super city budget car, the Peugeot 107 is a worthy successor to the original Mini. It provides solid, cheap, fun city motoring and, like the original Mini, the Peugeot 107’s weaknesses are also its strengths. It’s small, light and basic, which means it’s cheap to buy and run, nimble around town and plenty of fun – just don’t expect to carry five adults and baggage for long distances. Prices start from £8,495 for new models.

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Peugeot 107 – Car Tax Band (VED)

All versions of the Peugeot 107 are currently only available with a 1.0 litre petrol engine, which produces an impressive 103g/km of CO2 and puts the car in the B car tax band. This means car tax should remain very low, contributing to cheap running costs. Car Tax B is currently free for the first year and £20 a year thereafter, (as at January 2011).

Peugeot 107 – C02 Emissions g/km

Two transmissions are available with the Peugeot 107 – manual and 2 Tronic. With both gearboxes, the car produces very low carbon emissions of between 103 g/km and 106g/km. This means the little Peugeot 107 provides a very environmentally-friendly choice for city driving.

Peugeot 107 – Miles Per Gallon (MPG)

Running costs should be very low with the Peugeot 107. It is extremely fuel-efficient. Though there is no diesel option available from Peugeot (the nearly identical Toyota Aygo does offer a diesel engine), the 1.0 Urban Lite 3dr Hatchback petrol engine manages 62.7mpg on the combined cycle, (52.3 urban – 70.6mpg Extra). Both insurance and car tax should be very low for the 107. The fuel tank capacity is 35 litres.

Peugeot 107 – Safety

The small city car segment is hotly-contested these days so all entrants need good standard spec levels to be competitive. The Peugeot 107 comes pretty well equipped, with SMART airbags in front, front side airbags, ABS (anti lock brakes), remote central locking and a Thatcham Category 2 remote immobiliser.

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Peugeot 107 – Comfort

With a small, cheap city car, comfort levels are never going to rival those of bigger luxury saloons, but the 107 manages to provide good levels of comfort around town. There is good room for four adults. The suspension is firm enough to provide entertaining handling but still manages to soak up most bumps. Long-distance motorway drives are likely to be painful, however.

Peugeot 107 – Quality of Design

The 107 is a cheap and basic car but is still put together well enough to ensure owners don’t suffer problems with bits falling off. It was developed in conjunction with the Citroen C1 and the Toyota Aygo, all of which are produced at the same plant in the Czech Republic, so the quality of design, build and materials should be very good.

Peugeot 107 – *

Cheap to buy, cheap to run and reliable, the 107 should be a very practical city car, as long as that is all you need. There is precious little space in the boot and the rear seats are not up to carrying adults for too long. The five-door version improves access to the rear seats but don’t expect to haul much cargo because the luggage capacity is only 139 litres.

Peugeot 107 – Performance

Narrow tyres mean there isn’t a huge amount of grip available but the chassis is taut and the speed-sensitive electrically-assisted steering is precise. The 107 is light, too, which combines well with the nimble chassis to provide fun, if not terrifically sporting, handling. The top speed is 100mpg and the Peugeot 107 reaches 62 mpg in 14.2 seconds.

The Peugeot 107 is only available with a 1.0 litre petrol engine. This produces 68bhp, giving the car plenty of pep around town without turning it into a fire-breathing hot rod. Combined with the nimble handling, the car should not have much trouble staying with traffic in town but at the higher speeds on motorways, it’s likely to struggle.

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