Top that for small car open-air motoring with Peugeot 108
PUBLISHED: 07:13 13 October 2016
Peugeot 108 Top! photo gallery
The 108 is Peugeot’s attempt at cashing in on the lucrative city car market, and the 108 Top! is the convertible version.
Created in a joint-venture between PSA (Peugeot and Citroen’s parent company) and Toyota, the 108 shares pretty much everything with the Citroen C1 and Toyota Aygo. This includes platform, engines, running gear and electrics.
Because of this, they are all practically identical but sharing parts keeps costs down.
Peugeot 108 Top!
Price: Peugeot 108 Allure 1.2 Top! £12,985 (convertible from £11,085; hatchback from £8,495)
Engine: 1.2-litre, 82bhp, three-cylinder petrol
Transmission: Five-speed manual
Performance: 0-62mph 11 seconds; top speed 106mph
MPG: 65.7 combined
CO2 emissions: 99g/km
Looks and image
Next to the C1 and Aygo, the 108 looks the most grown-up – although you shouldn’t let that trick you into thinking it comes across as boring.
Our test car came in a bright blue which made it one of the more eye-catching cars on the road. Couple that with the contrasting black paint on the boot, and the 108 really looks the part.
The fact the canvas roof can be mechanically retracted to open up an unlimited amount of headroom only serves to add to this city runabout’s desirability.
Space and practicality
While our car came with five-doors, you wouldn’t want to pack four adults in for a long journey. While opening the roof might solve any headroom problems up front, it bunches up above the rear passengers’ heads, cutting into the amount of space available in the back, but it’s fine for children.
In terms of bootspace, the 108 can’t keep up with its rivals. With only 196 litres of storage capacity on offer, a Skoda Citigo or Hyundai i10 – which offer 251 litres and 252 litres respectively – are far more practical.
Behind the wheel
As a means for pottering around town, the 108 makes a good case for itself. It’s comfortable, easy to see out of and, thanks to pint-sized proportions, a breeze to manoeuvre through tight spaces.
In its natural urban environment, the only things that took a bit of getting used to were the incredibly short clutch, and rather noisy three-cylinder engine. With the canvas roof open, there’s also a fair deal of wind noise but this is part of owning a convertible.
The car is no longer in its comfort zone on motorways with engine, wind and road noise far more noticeable, and the car’s small size becomes much more obvious. It never felt too nervous or skittish at cruising speeds, but it just gets a bit wearing.
Value for money
The 108 Top! Allure 1.2 will set you back £12,985 but you gett a fair amount of standard kit, including a reversing camera, DAB radio, Bluetooth connectivity and a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system.
Peugeot claims the 108 can achieve 65.7mpg combined and, thanks to CO2 emissions of 99g/km, it is exempt from tax under current legislation.
Who would buy one?
The 108 Top! will likely appeal to first-time buyers or family buyers after a second, smaller car for running around town. The city car market is incredibly competitive, however, and rivals might pip the 108 with their superior practicality.