Matthew Jones13 February 2014

First look: the Peugeot 108

First in a trilogy of super-cheap city cars produced with Citroen and Toyota shown ahead of official debut

This is Peugeot's 107 replacement, the 108, revealed ahead of its Geneva motor show debut. And like its predecessor, it's spun from a platform that'll be shared with the replacement Toyota Aygo and Citroen C1.

Last time, the Citroen was cheaper and the Toyota nicer inside, so the Pug, with its, er, divisive styling, was the one you'd avoid. But Peugeot's monkeyed with its base-car pitch, adding a soupçon of luxury and a whole host of personalisation options.

See, if you'd not already noticed, Pug's moving its whole range upmarket. Even little cars like this. So it's fitted the 108 with big-car stuff, like a seven-inch touch screen that mirrors your smartphone's screen (standard in top-spec Allure trim), alongside other posh options like reversing cameras, automatic air conditioning, and keyless entry.

There's a decent amount of safety kit as standard, too. You get ABS, variable brake force distribution, emergency collision braking, and ESP even on the constrained-means models.

Like the Aygo and C1, it'll be available as a three and five-door, it's 3.47m long and 1.62m wide, so a smidge longer but slightly narrower than its forebear. Only the cheapest models won't be available with a DS3 Cabrio-style roof.

Engine-wise, it lands with an all-three-cylinder, all-petrol engine selection. The most frugal emits just 88g/km of CO2, rising to a 1.2 VTi emitting 99g/km, producing 82bhp and powering the front wheels via a five-speed manual ‘box.

Talking of pricing, it's yet to be announced, but we'll be interested to see how the financials compare between the trio. We're promised a starting price just over £8,000. Tempted? Or would you prefer a new Twingo?

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