Slowly but surely, Driventowrite is advancing up to the top of the list of Great European cars like a mountaineer inching up the Eiger. Today, the French get their turn as another piton is hammered home.
Today. Today we have the car embodying the essential key elements of French car design and it was a strong seller too rather than being merely some much admired, often repaired, seldom driven garage queen. You won’t be surprised to know this car enjoyed a long production run as well, a sign of its succesful position in a highly competitive market sector.
The key things you have to remember when talking about this car are its dimensions. Peugeot designed in smallness at every opportimity. The wheelbase measured only 2,340 mm. The car’s length barely stretched to 3,430 mm. The measuring tape just had to be unrollec to 1,630 mm (64.2 in) to describe its width and solely those people with eyes at 1,470 mm above ground could see the top of its roof with ease.
The 107 had two engines: a three-pot petrol 1.0 and a four-banger diesel 1.4.
WhichCar? Reader Sarah Conner said this about the car: “You need to have the right expectations to drive this car. If you’re looking for a cheap runner that is generally quite environmentally friendly that does not need to go fast then this is the car for you. It is very basic (even the better versions) and that’s what you pay for. It generally costs me £10 per week to do about 12 miles per day and the tax is free. Insurance is cheap too. I love the way mine looks (the allure in purple) but I suppose that’s each to their own.”
WhatCar? rated it as three stars out of five for performance which didn’t melt asphalt. I have often wondered why there was no balls-to-the-wall cooking version. What did Peugeot have to lose by putting a 1.5 litre turbo four under the bonnet?
Ride and handling earned two stars. So in that sense it doesn’t cleave to the French formula of supple suspension and comfy ride. AutoExpress contradict WhyCar? by saying it does have a supple ride, by the way.
Given its low price, the two star rating for refinement is absurd. This is the fourth best ever European car and two stars for this is silly.
AutoExpress considered the car long-in-the-tooth when summing it up: “With small size and tiny engines on their side, these three cars make for a solid buy for those after a compact city car. The main rivals to look at are the Volkswagen up!, SEAT Mii and Skoda Citigo, which also share a platform – but with their more modern design, high quality interiors and affordable prices, it’s hard to recommend the ageing Peugeot over any of them.”
But that wasn’t true when it was launched. With its unique appearance, compact dimensions and front-wheel drive, hatchback format, the 107 is very much the quintessential French car, as typical of practical France as the Panda is evocative of sunny, cheerful Italian living.
CarBuyer slams the nail on the head: “It’s all about simplicity and utility – everything you need to go motoring; no frills, fewer sills and very cheap to buy and run”. More than that, the car has real French personality, much more so than the curiously similar and very disappointing Citroen C1. That’s why the 107 gains its place as the fourth best European car, and it’s French as well, which is no surprise.