Failure to adapt is probably the chief cause of good cars falling by the wayside.
Recent automotive history is littered with case studies of manufacturers who rested on their laurels and belatedly realised that buyers had moved on in their wants and needs. The Peugeot 107 is an interesting case. It hadn’t changed that much in the seven years since it was first launched to the introduction of this facelifted car, but then sales suggested it didn’t need to. It did the basics really well.
The latest car moves the game on in a couple of key regards. If you thought the 107 was cheap to run before, wait until you run the rule over the latest car. The 1.0-litre engine always did display a stubborn refusal to consume fuel, but now the combined fuel consumption figure has edged up from 61.4mpg to 65.6mpg. The bigger news comes from the rear end of the car, where tailpipe emissions from from 109g/km to 99g/km. This has all manner of benefits, including not having to pay a thing for a tax disc and free entry to the London congestion charge zone.
Where Peugeot has been clever is in judging exactly the right time to make an intervention. Cars like the Hyundai i10 and the Kia Picanto have changed the city car market and in order to combat that, Peugeot needed something special. In guaranteeing ultra low-emissions across the 107 range, as well as improving the styling and equipment provision, it’s done what’s required to make the 107 a solid recommendation for the foreseeable future. Job done.
FACTS AT A GLANCE
CAR: Peugeot 107range
PRICES: £7,995-£10,545 - on the road
INSURANCE GROUP: 1E
CO2 EMISSIONS: 99g/km
PERFORMANCE: [1.0] 0-60mph 14s / Max Speed 96mph
FUEL CONSUMPTION: (urban) 55.4mpg / (extra urban) 74.3mpg / (combined) 65.7mpg