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New style 107 is hard to ignore

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: March 29, 2014

POPULAR AS EVER . . . The Peugeot 107.

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THE Peugeot 107 range comprises both three and five-door city cars all powered by the same 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine.

It's now better looking than before and the best news of all is that emissions drop to under 100g/km which means free road tax. Or at least that's the case in a manual model. What about those needing an automatic?

Well, the 2-Tronic version of this model won't penalise the pocket too much.

Recent emissions legislation and the influx of increasingly excellent Korean city cars has seen the 107's position challenged. Unwilling to cede this important market, Peugeot responded in kind early in 2012 with an updated version of its appealing urban scoot. Unchanged though were the transmission options, with a clutchless five-speed 2-Tronic option available to those urbanites put off by the idea of having to swap cogs.

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Although Peugeot has tweaked the efficiency of the 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine in the 107, it's otherwise much the same as before. Not that there was anything wrong with that as it remains one of the most characterful small car engines around. Offer it a good prod of right foot and you'll see 60mph come 14.9 seconds in this 2-Tronic model.

Thankfully Peugeot has emerged from that phase where many of its cars had a face that resembled a daydreaming basking shark and the latest 107 is possibly a more handsome car than the original. The restyled 107 is instantly recognisable by the changes to the car's front styling, with a deeper lower front panel with a housing for the front fog lights, LED daytime running lights and a redesigned front bumper.

Pricing starts at around £8,000 in the 107 range, but to get the 2-Tronic gearbox we tried, you'll need the mid-spec 'active' trim level which starts at around £9,000, a figure to which you'll need to add the £500 auto premium.

There's not much of a penalty if you go for the 2-Tronic gearbox, combined cycl fuel consumption falling marginally from the 65.7mpg you get in the standard manual model to 62.8mpg. CO2 emissions fall from 99g/km to 104g/km and that's a bit more significant given the tax and congestion charge savings available for vehicles under the 100g/km mark.

Insurance premiums are low, all 107s being rated in Group 3 on the 1-50 scale.

If you're going to buy a car for city use, it makes sense to think about an automatic, especially when the running cost penalities aren't very great. But would you want Peugeot's 107 2-Tronic when the citycar market has newer designs competing for your attention?

Quite possibly yes. This car's been usefully updated in recent times and still delivers running costs unbeaten in this segment. Hard to ignore then. Just as the 107's always been.

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