A history lesson…
Small Peugeots have become part of the landscape of modern Britain. Ever since the little 205 blew us away with its hot-hatchery, the French manufacturer has been trying to replicate the buzz and sales success of that model. It’s failed, frankly, but what it does make now is cheap and appealing cars for people who like shopping and children.
The Peugeot 107 is a perfect example of this. It was released in 2005, and it’s basically the exact same car as the Toyota Aygo
and Citroen C1. They all share the same platform and even the body styles are remarkably similar.
The 107 is a car for the people; a car that will take you to Asda and then take you home with little fuss or palaver. It’s a city car in its truest sense.
Bang for your buck
Well, for your money, you really don’t get a lot. You get a car, some wheels, a few seats and all the air inside the car. That’s basically it. It’s a simple recipe designed to keep costs down and potential failures to a minimum. And it works. It works really well.
The 107 is not a Rolls-Royce Phantom, a premium hatchback or even a load-lugger, it’s just a supermini with a short wheelbase and a natural ability to be easy to park. You don’t really get anything in the way of kit, technology or gadgets, but it doesn’t really matter.
What you’ll pay
The 107 is still one of the cheapest cars you can buy the in UK today, as new ones cost as little as £7,000. If you’re looking for a nice used example, prices are sitting at around £2.5/3k for a 2006 with respectable mileage.
What to check
Thanks to the simplicity of this car, there’s little that can go wrong. All the mechanical aspects should be fine, so it’s just a case of checking the interior to make sure the quality is what you would expect.
Super cheap parts come from agreements between companies, and because Peugeot, Toyota and Citroen all share the same car, the parts are very cheap, indeed. Start motors, for example, are just £90.
How it drives
Consider it’s such a small car with very little power or performance, you’d imagine the 107 would be rubbish on a daily drive, but it isn’t. It weighs about the same as a toaster, so while the power may be low, it doesn’t really matter because it’s just a hoot. It feels reminiscent of the 1980’s hatchbacks which had bags of character, flair and agility.
Don’t get us wrong, the 107 is far from a sporty drive, but it’s not so bad that you’ll be driving into lamp-posts and urging the drive to end due to its boringness.
The interior is a bit of a let-down because it’s not very spacious, but it is a small car and you can’t really blame it for having a shockingly small boot. People over 6 feet may struggle to find a comfortable position, so just make sure you fit the 107 before you buy one.