Peugeot's 107 is a frugal buy all round
Peugeot's 107 is the company's best-selling car and the latest fuel-frugal version with improved spec went on sale earlier this year.
The 107 comes in three-door and five-door versions. Common to all is the three cylinder. 1.0-litre, 68bhp, petrol engine and the headline figure is that most have a CO2 emissions figure of 99 g/km.
This means no road tax and a ten per cent Benefit-in-Kind company car tax rating.
There are up to three trim and equipment levels depending whether the 107 is chosen as a three- or five-door model. The three-door is available with Access, Active and Allure option levels, the five-door with Active and Allure.
Three-door prices range from £7,995 with Access specification up to £10,195 for the Allure version.
Five-door models start at £9,345 for the Active manual model and go up to £10,545 for a five-door Allure with the 2-Tronic semi auto gearbox.
The 107 is compact as it should be for a city car at 3.4m in length so it is easy to park.
The front seat space is quite generous for a car of this size but of course the rear seat legroom for the two passengers is minimal and there is a tiny 139-litre boot.
The new 2012 model year 107s have received a minor facelift with a deeper lower front panel and redesigned front bumper.
I've just had a busy driving week in the 107 Allure five-Door manual priced at £10,045 which I would have thought carried a price-tag too high given the competition and finance offers available in these buyer's market financial conditions.
The Allure spec would be nice to have but in reality we are talking about budget, low cost motoring here, nipping to work, pottering to the shops with perhaps the occasional longer journey.
I'd go one level down for the Active level now air conditioning as been added to this version for 2012.
So the five-door 107 Active model would then cost £9,345 and of course whatever discounts a dealer will offer.
Not having a glovebox with a locking lid for security and a "tinny" sound quality from the radio, plus very limited rear seat legroom and a tiny boot, are the only negative points, but in fairness it is a budget buy.
The 107 is easy and nimble in-town, simple to park, it good on fuel, costs nothing for road tax and insurance costs are very low plus it look pretty so for me these are the main reasons to buy.
It takes a bit more effort to use the 107 on motorways as due to the very short wheelbase length it is prone to being pushed around by the draught from larger fast moving vans and lorries but the throaty sounding three cylinder engine is quite capable and copes well with stress free cruising at 70mph.
Going up hills I found slowed proceedings more than with a small four cylinder unit due to the low 70lb ft of torque.
But the three-cylinder petrol engine was pretty economical on the move with 52mpg recorded during my driving week.
And that covered all types of roads and conditions including motorways.