Thankfully by 2012, Peugeot had emerged from that phase where many of its cars had a face that resembled a dozy basking shark and the facelift 107 is possibly a more handsome design than the original. The restyled 107 is instantly recognisable by the changes to the car's front styling, with a deeper lower front panel housing the front fog lights, LED daytime running lights and a redesigned front bumper.
The design brief for the 107 was to engineer a compact car with a cheeky character that would appeal to young drivers, be versatile in use and, above all, be totally at ease in the urban environment. The length of the vehicle wasn't to exceed 3.5 metres, yet a whole host of safety features needed to be included, as well as enough wheelbase to accommodate the popular five-door body style. The 107 features some neat design touches too. The glazed-in area surrounding the rear window is finished in black, giving it a very distinctive rump, especially when the car is painted in paler colours.
Within the revised trim levels introduced with this last facelift, features such as Peugeot Connect Bluetooth, USB and LED daytime running lights were made available for the first time on the 107 range. In addition to the additional optional gear, the restyled range also offered better equipment across the line-up, with air conditioning now standard on Active level versions and alloy wheels, rev counter, Peugeot Connect Bluetooth and USB included on Allure level variants. Surprisingly for such a small car, it is the five-door bodystyle (with 59.6% of total sales) that outsold the three-door model, underlining the 107's excellent packaging which makes the most of its interior space and belies its compact wheelbase to provide a vehicle capable of transporting four people in reasonable comfort. It all makes this a genuinely viable option for those with kids in tow.
The 107 might look lightweight but it's actually a pretty tough little thing. Build quality improved over the years as the Czech factory introduced more effective quality control measures but you might not know it when you sit inside the 107 and feel the rather scratchy plastics. Insist on a fully stamped up service record and inspect the car carefully for parking knocks and scrapes. The 107's plastic bumpers can shrug off some quite hefty scuffs without affecting their function but if there are abrasions use them as a negotiating point. The interior is very hardwearing, although the styling is now looking a little dated.
(approx based on a 2012 107 Access 1.0) Peugeot 107 spares are relatively cheap, with an oil filter retailing at around £8, a starter motor retailing at around £90 and front brake pads costing a very reasonable £30 a pair.
You can see why Peugeot never bothered to sell the 107 here with anything other than a 1.0-litre petrol engine, this unit properly reflecting the car's urban bias and offering a reasonably energetic sprint to 60mph that takes 14 seconds. The good news is the fact that this powerplant is predictably excellent in terms of fuel economy and emissions. The combined economy figure is 61.4mpg and emissions are pegged at an excellent 109g/km. The diesel engine this car could be ordered with in Europe would, for UK buyers, have put the asking price up considerably, with limited benefits in terms of economy and drivability. The 2-Tronic self-shifting auto gearbox is worth looking for if you don't mind the modest performance being blunted still further.
To ensure the optimum safety of its passengers, the 107 relies on its structure for high speed impact protection - quite an accomplishment considering that a small car has to absorb impact energy quickly. Each passenger seat can accommodate a child seat, while the 50/50 split rear bench is equipped on both sides with appropriate fixtures incorporating three anchorage points for the installation of an ISOFIX child seat. This overall design placed the 107 in the best possible position to satisfy Euro NCAP criteria for the protection of occupants. In the design of the front of the vehicle and the layout of the different mechanical components of the 107, careful attention was paid to the consequences of a collision with a pedestrian. Thanks to a special impact beam in front of the bumper and a bonnet that creates the maximum possible distance between it and mechanical components underneath, pedestrian protection is maximised.
No matter where a car is priced from new, the used market is often a sound arbiter of talent. Cars that don't cut it are cheap as chips, while those that people genuinely do want hold onto their value well. The Peugeot 107 is a case in point. As a new car, even while it was still on sale, it was left for dead by the Volkswagen up! and that car's design stablemates, but the used market still values the little Pug, especially in the final post-2012 facelifted guise we've been looking at here.
As an inexpensive city scoot that nevertheless features modern safety gear, this facelifted French shopping runabout has a lot going for it, with all versions getting ESP stability control and twin airbags. It may no longer be anywhere close to the cutting edge of city car technology, but used car buyers will find that there's a lot of life in the Peugeot 107 yet.