For sure, there is not a great deal left for high speed overtakes but once up to speed
There is only one engine option for the Peugeot 107, and that is a 1.0-litre petrol unit, which doesn't sound too exciting but is in fact quite whizzy and surprisingly willing. The three-cylinder engine produces just 69PS at 6,000rpm and 95Nm of torque at 3,600rpm, which is enough for around town. Although an urban environment is where the Peugeot 107 is at its best, it is also no slouch on motorways. For sure, there is not a great deal left for high speed overtakes but once up to speed, it will quite happily go all day. Top speed for the manual test car was 100mph and the 0-62mph dash takes a leisurely 14.2 seconds.
The idea of using a small engine is because of its inherent frugality, and on the urban cycle the Peugeot 107 with the 5-speed manual 'box should return something near the official figures of 51.3mpg, 72.4mpg for the extra-urban and 62.7mpg for the combined. With returns of 51.3-, 68.8- and 61.4mpg, for the same relative cycles, opting for the 2-Tronic makes very little difference. However, the bite point of the clutch on the manual is very high and perhaps the automatic box will appeal to older people.
The CO2 emissions are 106g/km for the manual and the automatic gives out just 1g/km more putting both in VED Band B, which is just 335, at the time of writing.
As for the ride, it is firm but bouncy and speed bumps need a fair amount of caution but out in the countryside, the Peugeot 107 enjoys sweeping bends, but doesn't have the agility for swift changes of direction.
Even though it is a lightweight car, the Peugeot 107 is well put together and has a strong safety cell that has helped to earn it 4 stars for adult protection, 3 stars for child protection and 2-stars for pedestrian safety in the EuroNCAP tests.
It has to be said that the Peugeot 107 in its basic form is lacking in some of the goodies we've all become used, to but it has all that you need for safe, urban driving. It is light and easy to park, which is just right for its intended purpose and will appeal to young and old alike.8 July 2009
Peugeot 107 Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Peugeot 107 Verve|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||14.2 Seconds|
|Top Speed||100 mph|
|Fuel Type||Unleaded Petrol|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||68.8 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||4 Stars|
|Warranty||3 years / 60000 miles|
|Price (when tested on the 08/07/09)||£8,645|