The Peugeot 107 is a small city hatchback, launched in June 2005. The car was developed in a joint-venture with Toyota, so it looks very similar to the Toyota Aygo as well as Peugeot’s sister-brand supermini, the Citroen C1. In fact, they are all pretty much one and the same car.
The Peugeot 107 is not a hot-hatch by any stretch of the imagination, although around city streets the car is quite fun. Only the 1.0 litre petrol engine lets the vehicle down to some extent. Even though it’s a keen piece of machinery, it always sounds uncouth and loud, especially at low speeds.
That can be forgiven though when you consider the running costs - they are minuscule. The small engine will return an amazing average of 61.4 mpg.
Ride and handling
The French car’s steering is precise, the gearshift is positive and the chassis is agile. What’s more, regardless of the Peugeot 107’s lack of length, it copes with lumps and bumps in the road surface well. The car tends to glide over them rather than deliver a bouncy ride.
Road and wind noise does intrude into the cabin, but this is a cheap car, so luxury sound-deadening materials shouldn’t be expected at this level.
You always have to make allowances for superminis, as they are fundamentally compact. However, the Peugeot 107 offers more than you think, due to intelligent cabin packaging. The interior is great at the front, with lots of leg and headroom, but the 107 is not so talented at the rear. Back seat space is okay for kids, but adults won’t thank you for cramming them in there for long.
However, the rear seats split and fold, and this creates a handy, expanded load area - and makes up for the boot's elevated and awkward load lip.
What to know before you buy
Toyota did the majority of the engineering on the 107, making this little number generally dependable. Nevertheless, there have been some issues with clutch and water pump failures, common on models from 2005-2009.
A stronger clutch was fitted from 2009, so try and aim for a 107 from this year onwards. However, if you do find yourself smitten with an older Peugeot, you can do a basic check to ensure the water pump is okay. This is the part that continually propels water and coolant to the engine so that it doesn't overheat.
A leak can cause serious damage to the car's engine, so look for puddles of coolant or water underneath the vehicle you’re viewing.
Also check for high temperature readings on the instrument panel on or after your test drive. When it comes to the clutch, check it is not slipping as you apply power. If it is, the engine speed will increase greatly when you try to accelerate, even though the clutch pedal is not pressed.
The Peugeot 107’s relatives are the obvious alternative cars. The Citroen C1 is the least expensive of the Peugeot-Citroen-Toyota family, but it’s meagrely kitted out. The Toyota Aygo is the classiest car of the bunch, with lots of on board equipment. It is, however, pricier.
The Kia Picanto should also be checked out. The Korean car is well bolted together, quite good looking and you get a lot of car for your cash. The other key rival is Italy’s Fiat Panda. The conservative five-door hatchback is spacious, easy on the pocket and well stacked with equipment. It's also a cheap used buy.
The 107 is inexpensive to buy, stylish and economical to run. It’s just the right car for you if you are a first time driver. It’s also perfect if you want a second vehicle just to potter around town in. The 107 is not thrilling to drive, but it’s competent at most things.
The Peugeot’s uncomplicated controls, and down-to-earth character makes it perfect for anyone new to the world of motoring.