.The Peugeot 107 offers you Access, Active and Allure

There are two body styles available in the Peugeot 107; five door and three door versions, although the former takes 60% of UK 107 sales. All versions of the car have the three cylinder 1.0-litre, 65.7mpg, 68bhp petrol engine and in most versions CO2 emissions figure is 99g/km. Because of this there is no road tax payable; the car tax rating is 10% Benefit-in-Kind company car, with no Congestion Charge on Some variants.

With up to three equipment and trim levels, depending on the five or three door model, prices are variable. Access, Active and Allure are the option levels available on the three door, with Active and Allure on the five door version. The Active and Allure are available with the 2-Tronic automated transmission, or a standard manual gearbox with five speeds, for both the five door and three door versions.

Prices for the three door model start at £7,995 for Access specification rising to the Allure version at £10,195. Five door models range from £9,345 to £10,545 for the Allure, with five doors and a 2-Tronic semi automatic gearbox. The low cost Access specification is basic with no air conditioning and manually operated windows however there is a radio/cd player.

Air conditioning, additional side airbags, remote central locking, electric front windows, front fog lights and 50/50 split folding rear seats are included with the Active specification. Gains with the Allure model include leather covered gear lever and steering wheel, rev counter, Peugeot Connect and Bluetooth, LED daytime running lights, tinted front windows and 14-inch alloy wheels. One let-down of the model is that the door mirrors are not electrically adjustable, which is to be expected with a top spec model.

At 3,430mm in length the 107 is nicely compact and easy to park, as a City Car should be. For a car of this size space for the front seat is generous, however it is minimal for the two passengers in the back. The boot is tiny at 139-litres. New added specification, better fuel economy and improved CO2 emissions are not the only things to have changed.

The new 107s’ 2012 model has a redesigned front bumper and a deeper lower front panel. It is still thought to be the smartest and prettiest of the city cars. With approximately 22 different ranges of city cars, according to What Car magazine, the sector is very competitive and price is being used as the main bait; Citroen are already offering a £1000 discount offer on the C1, which effectively means that their range starts at £6,995 for a two-door hatchback model.

Amongst the most significant ranges are the Fiat 500, Ford Ka, Hyundai i10 and Kia Picanto. Perhaps the most significant, with plenty of awards, is the Volkswagen Up. Given the strength of the competition, perhaps the 107 5-door Allure manual is priced too high at £10,045, given the strength of the competition and the financial incentives being offered at this time. The Allure specification, although very nice, is not really what you would call a budget car.

The Active would be well worth a look, now that the manufacturers have added air conditioning to the 2012 version. A five door model would be priced at £9,345, plus any dealer discounts, which may well be offered given that Citroen offer £1,000 off the new C1. The only drawbacks to the model are a tiny boot, limited rear seat legroom, a tinny radio sound and it doesn’t have a locking glovebox, but to be fair, it is a budget buy.