Peugeot 107 - Used

Car Review

Peugeot 107, front
Peugeot 107, side
Peugeot 107, rear
Peugeot 107, interior
Peugeot 107, interior

THE shape and much of the spec of the Peugeot 107 are shared with the Toyota Aygo and Citroen C1, and they wereall built in the same French factory.

Despite its miniscule size and 1.0-litre engine the 107 is fun to drive, because it revs sweetly, sounds lovely and handles well.

It often feels quicker than it really is and this also adds to the fun of driving one.

Toyota did much of the development and supply the three cylinder engine, which is also used in the Yaris.

With 67bhp in such a light body, it feels nippy and responsive up to motorway speeds.

And on the motorway it can easily keep up with general traffic speeds, albeit with a fair amount of noise.

It feels responsive as long as you use the gears and the revs but doing so will make a dent in the economy.

Good power steering gives decent roadfeel through the corners and the handling and road-holding are very good for what is in no way a sporting car, with great balance and enough verve to brings a smile to anyone's face.

Overtaking is an art and the only way - as with all low powered cars - is to use the 'slingshot' technique, where you start to accelerate just before an oncoming car has passed, so that you are already getting up to overtaking speed when you pull out.

The 107 will average an excellent 60 mpg with a little care and since it comes with group 1 insurance, it's an excellent second or starter car that's very reasonable to run.

The ride is acceptable most of the time, taking the majority of surfaces pretty much in its stride, but you do need to slow down for speed humps - as you do for quite a few of today's cars - and the rear seats are not as comfortable as the front.

There have been numerous special editions with added spec in the range, plus changes to outward styling, but all models up to the end of production in 2014 were unchanged under the skin.

Sport models have alloy wheels, twin exhausts, extra colour inside and a large stripe over bonnet and roof.

The boot is tiny, but there is just about enough interior space for four adults over short journeys, and the rear seats split fold.

Power steering and light controls make all models very easy to drive and even basic equipment includes central locking and electric windows, with upper editions getting air conditioning too.

Pay about £2,400 for an '13 13-reg Active three-door, or £3,350 for a '15 15-reg Allure five-door.

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