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The Top Gear car review: Peugeot 108
For:Improved boot space, refinement, emissions, cheap to run
Against:Tight rear space, cheap cabin materials, poor sat nav
What is it?
The second generation of Peugeot’s tie-up with Citroen and Toyota to build a cost-effective city car. Once again the division of responsibilities means that Toyota has been responsible for much of the engineering, while the PSA Group (Peugeot–Citroen) has been in charge of applying thumbscrews to the suppliers to help reduce costs. Prices start at £8,495, which suggests PSA has been pretty good at its job.
Each of the triumvirate now has a stronger visual identity, helping to separate the cars from each other. Toyota has clearly gone for the youth vote, the Citroen looks like Hello Kitty, while Peugeot has done a reasonable job of tying the 108 into the rest of the range. Can’t see it appealing to a younger audience much, though. Engine wise, Toyota’s 1.0 triple has been carried over largely unchanged, but the French wing has added its own 1.2 three cylinder to the mix as well.