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A bright future for 107.

Byline: By Stewart Smith

Big is beautiful, so they say, but small can be just as cute. In the case of the Peugeot 107 that's certainly true, even when it lands at your doorstep in yellow paintwork that can be seen for miles around.

It's also very handy if you've left it in a busy car park and can't quite remember where you left it.

But over the next few months it could become more difficult to spot because I predict the all-new Peugeot 107 will be a big seller ( even in bright yellow.

The charming little motor has been developed and built as part of a joint venture between PSA Peugeot Citro'n and Toyota, and sells as the Peugeot 107, Citroen C1 and Toyota Aygo.

They share the same mechanicals and interior design, but significant body styling differences set them apart.

And I think the Peugeot is the cutest of the lot, with its smiley, wide grille, cat-like headlamps and forward sloping windscreen.

This replacement for the old 106 looks much more up to date and enters the highly competitive small city car run-around sector.

There's only one engine offered in the 107 ( a one-litre, three-cylinder petrol affair which produces just 68bhp. But it's a lively little power plant which can push the 107 to 100mph.

It's not lightning quick from rest to 62mph, its time being 14.2 seconds, but buyers of the 107 won't be out to break records, unless it is in the fuel consumption stakes.

Peugeot claims that on a combined run owners could manage 61.4mpg, and even around town 51.5mpg has been quoted.

Insurance group at 1E, is as low as you will get, so it's another bonus when buying this budget car.

The 107 comes in just one specification, called Urban, but you can choose a three or five-door version. The five-door is just pounds 350 extra and well worth it.

A tiny boot meets the eye when you push a button to release the tailgate panel but I managed to get a large, fortnightly shopping load in by folding down the rear seats.

It drives well, holding the road on sharp bends with very little lean and the suspension does a good job.

Equipment levels are high for a car costing just under pounds 7,000.

Overall, I think the Peugeot 107 is a cute little motor which is cheap to run and with good build quality. It is well worth considering.

Facts and figures

Make: Peugeot

Model: 107 1.0 Urban 3 door

Price: pounds 6,995

Mechanical: 68bhp, 998cc, 3cyl petrol engine driving front wheels via 5 speed manual gearbox

Max speed: 100mph

0-62mph: 14.2 secs

Combined mpg: 61.4

Insurance group: 1

CO2 emissions: 109g/km

BiK rating: 15%

Warranty: 3years/ 60,000 miles, 12years paint; 12 years anti-rust
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Geographic Code:4EUFR
Date:Dec 9, 2005
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