The 108 TOP! Cabrio is a well-equipped 5 door city car that comes with a retractable electric fabric roof. This popular vehicle looks good too, offering plenty of style across its three trim levels – Active, Allure and Collection.
The attractive and compact 108 features a stylish front-end with a grille bisected by a body-coloured bumper. LED daytime running lights form part of the vehicle’s sleek wraparound headlamps. Allure grades and above add front fog lamps, 15-inch alloy wheels and colour-coded door mirrors and door handles. A range of expressive liveries are available, including Laser Red, French Blue, Purple Berry and Raven Black.
Inside the cabin, the driver’s seat and steering wheel are both height-adjustable, enabling you to quickly establish a comfortable position. Standard features include power-assisted steering, air conditioning, power-operated front windows and remote-controlled central locking. A variety of cup-holders and door pockets, as well as a roomy glovebox, are also included. A low load lip provides easy access to the vehicle’s 196-litre boot.
The 108’s frugal engines include a 1.0-litre 67bhp petrol unit paired with a choice of five-speed manual or automatic transmission. This returns as much as 68.9mpg and a CO2 emissions figure as low as 99g/km. A 1.2-litre PureTech engine is available too, offering greater power - 81bhp - while still managing to deliver up to 65.7mpg and 99g/km of CO2.
A four-speaker sound system includes DAB radio, providing a wide range of stations in crystal-clear audio quality. This can be operated using controls mounted on the car’s steering wheel. Bluetooth, USB and AUX connectivity is included too. A full-colour seven-inch touchscreen provides access to a range of functions, including audio, communication and car data.
Driver aids include Electronic Stability Programme, Hill-Start Assist, Anti-lock Braking System with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution and Tyre Pressure Monitoring System. Among the 108’s passive safety features are seatbelt reminders, ISOFIX child-seat anchors, childproof rear door locks and multiple airbags.
We get behind the wheel of Peugeot’s convertible 108 Top! Find out what we thought of it here.
Introduced back in 2014, the 108 is Peugeot’s attempt at cashing in on the lucrative city car market, and the 108 Top! is the convertible iteration of this car. Created off the back of a joint-venture between PSA (Peugeot and Citroen’s parent company) and Toyota, the 108 shares pretty much everything with the Citroen C1 and Toyota Aygo. This includes the platform, engines, running gear, as well as their electrical system.
Because of this, they are all practically identical. You’d be forgiven for stepping out of the C1 into the 108 and thinking you were still in the same car. However, while these cars are all relatively similar both mechanically and in the cabin, the sharing of parts means that production costs are kept down. Ultimately this means that you save money when the time to buy comes around.
A dinky little 1.2-litre petrol engine powers the 108, and here it produces a heady 82bhp. Unsurprisingly with such little power the 108's 0-60mph isn't all that quick at 10.8 seconds, though its 106mph top speed is respectable enough. In terms of fuel economy, Peugeot claims the 108 can achieve a combined fuel consumption figure of 65.7mpg, meaning you shouldn’t find you spend too much time (or money) at the pump.
As a means for pottering around town, the 108 makes a fairly good case for itself. It’s comfortable, easy to see out of and thanks to its pint-sized proportions, a breeze to manoeuvre through tight spaces.
In its natural urban environment, the only things that took a bit of getting used to were the incredibly short clutch, and rather noisy three-cylinder engine. If you choose to open up the canvas roof, you’ll also be treated to a fair deal of wind noise – but this is part in parcel of owning a convertible.
Head out on the motorway, and you immediately get a sense the car is no longer in its comfort zone. Engine, wind and road noise are all far more noticeable, and the car’s small size becomes much more obvious. That said though, it never felt too nervous or skittish at cruising speeds, although you may find you’re fairly worn out by the time you reach your destination.
You’d be hard-pressed to label the little 108 an unattractive car. Next to the C1 and the Aygo, the 108 certainly looks the most grown-up – although you shouldn’t let that trick you into thinking it comes across as boring.
Our test car came in a bright French Blue colour, which certainly made it one of the more eye-catching cars on the road. Couple that with the contrasting black paint on the boot, and the 108 really looks the part.
The fact that the canvas roof car be mechanically retracted to open up an unlimited amount of headroom only serves to add to this city runabout’s desirability.
While our car came with five-doors, you wouldn’t want to pack four adults in for a long journey. While opening the roof might solve any headroom problems up front, it bunches up right above the rear passengers’ heads, cutting into the amount of space available in the back. To avoid having a fall out, you’d be wise to keep the roof closed when anyone other than children are in the back of car.
In terms of bootspace, the 108 can’t keep up with its rivals. With only 196 litres of storage capacity on offer, a Skoda Citigo or Hyundai i10 – which offer 251 litres and 252 litres respectively – are far more practical propositions.
Buy a 108 Top! in the same specification as our test car – that’s the Allure 1.2 – and you’ll set yourself back a not-so-insignificant figure of £12,760. For this, you get a fair amount of kit as standard, including a reversing camera, DAB radio, Bluetooth connectivity and a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system. All up, this isn’t all that bad a deal, the only thing that would make it more appealing is sat-nav – although Peugeot can fit this as a £400 option.
The 108 Top! will likely appeal most to either first time buyers, or family buyers looking to add a second, smaller car to their fleet for running around town. The city car market is incredibly competitive, however, and the superior practicality afforded by this car’s main rival might mean they just pip the 108 when it comes to sales.
|Passport Price (Incl. £120 Roadside Assistance)||£9,760.00|
|Monthly Payments of||£169.17|
|Total Amount of Credit||£11,363.99|
|Option to Purchase Fee||£0.00|
|Total Amount Payable||£11,532.99|
|Final Purchase Payment||£3,413.00|
|Rate of Interest||6.90%|
|Excess Mileage||3p per mile|
|Mileage Per Annum||6,000|
|Passport Price (Inc £120 Roadside Assistance)||£10,516.77|
|47 Monthly payments of||£179.25|
|Total amount of credit||£12,269.75|
|Total amount payable||£12,448.75|
|Final Purchase Payment||£3,845.00|
|Rate of interest (fixed)||6.90%|
|Excess mileage charge||3p per mile|
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