New Peugeot 108 Takes Versatility to a New Level

The all-new Peugeot 108.

The all-new Peugeot 108.

The all-new Peugeot 108 takes small car versatility to a whole new level. With a raft of enhancements over its predecessor, the popular 107, the new 108 is a perfect runabout that’s exceptionally user-friendly for day-to-day motoring.

New exterior styling, a chic ‘about town’ character and the choice of a TOP! Cabrio model with an electric fabric roof for the first time, make the Peugeot 108 a small car of distinction. Add in an ultra-modern interior plus a huge range of personalisation options inside and out and the 108 simply oozes appeal. It arrives in Ireland this autumn.

The 108’s nose adopts the Peugeot floating front grille and lion-claw rear lamps, mirroring that of its big sisters, the 208, 2008 and 308. All of the car’s extra length is at the front, improving its impact-protection credentials.

The grille is flanked by advanced bi-focal projector lamp headlights, which, of the three sibling models (C1 and Aygo), are unique to Peugeot.

The hi-tech unit is one of the most compact automotive light clusters available on any car today. Similar technology can be seen on the Peugeot 3008 Hybrid, illustrating how premium components from the Brand’s larger vehicles are now appearing on its smallest model.

A sporty roof spoiler is standard across the range and houses the high-level brake light. This design feature also helps improve the car’s aerodynamic performance; the Cd value has come down from 0.34 on the 107 to 0.29 on the 108.

Inside, the seat quality, comfort and support have been improved dramatically when compared to the 107. The driver’s seat is now height-adjustable on all but Access trim, and on three-door models both front seats gain a memory function. This means they will always return to the same position when tilted forward to allow passengers into the rear. The rear bench seat splits 50:50 for additional practicality, and each side can be folded using a separate fabric handle accessible from the boot. Two rear seat ISOFIX child seat fixing points are standard on the Peugeot 108.

Another practical innovation is the new parcel shelf. Gone is the solid unit of the outgoing model, replaced by a neat fabric cover which conveniently lies flat against the inside of the hatchback glass when the boot is open.

As the boot is pulled down, the cover cleverly pivots to the horizontal, hiding whatever is below. The 108 also features twin gas struts for additional stability when open, compared to the single support on the 107.

Premium features are part of the 108 ownership experience. On all but the entry level Access trim, the car comes with a multi-function steering wheel, allowing drivers to keep their hands and eyes where they should be as they travel.

For comfort, air conditioning is standard from level two. A reversing camera built into the rear bumper, just above the number plate is standard on level three Allure models.

The interior cockpit sees a marked improvement in material quality, fit and finish. The dashboard has been deliberately styled around the central stack, which includes a 7-inch touch-screen in level two and three models.

The bright, easy-to-read main instrument binnacle is attached to the top of the rake-adjustable steering wheel housing and so moves with it for the perfect view.

The 108 range is made up of four efficient three-cylinder power units: a 1.0-litre e-VTi 68bhp 5-speed manual (88g/ km CO2 Stop & Start), a 1.0-litre VTi 68bhp 5-speed manual (95g/km CO2), a 1.0- litre VTi 68bhp 5-speed electronic (97g/km CO2) and a new 1.2-litre PureTech VTi 82bhp 5-speed manual (99g/ km CO2).

Each works to take advantage of the lightness of the Peugeot 108, which weighs from just 840kg, to provide occupants with the perfect balance between road-holding and comfort.

Passengers are protected by six airbags fitted as standard: two frontal airbags (the passenger airbag can be switched off), two lateral airbags at the front, and two curtain airbags covering the front and rear seats. The standard braking system includes ABS, Electronic Brake Force Distribution, Emergency Collision Braking System and switchable ESP. LED daytime running lights, Hill Assist and Indirect Tyre Under-Inflation Detection system are also standard.

The 108’s Design Director, Ivo Groën, concluded: “Throughout history Peugeots have been very simple and classy, but also sporty, dynamic and elegant. I believe we have achieved this with the Peugeot 108.”

Standard equipment and prices for the new Peugeot 108 will be announced closer to launch later this year. It will come to market in Ireland with a five-year warranty.

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