Peugeot 107 tyres
The Peugeot 107 was launched in 2005 but recently replaced by the new 108. It is a city car which replicated Peugeot’s winning formula with small hatchback cars. The ultimate metric for any car is sales success and with over 130,000 sold in the UK alone, the 107 ticked that box. It has a very distinctive grille, giving it a happy look.
Its designer Ivo Groen also created the 108. Lord only knows what to make of his comments about the two. “The 107 is the kind of cheese you would have with a baguette,” he has commented. “The 108 is a cheese you would like to eat with a nice glass of red wine.” We think we get the gist of it but can’t be sure. Maybe Citroen doesn’t have exclusive rights among French car makers to Surrealism…
The 107 shared many parts and components with the Toyota Aygo and Citroen C1. The 107 is nippy, easy to drive and economical to run, just as is the case with the other two cars. For all internal purposes and specification, they are the same, just with cosmetic and marketing differences. That marketing featured the car being driven through a vibrant and sunny city by an elfin model in Capri pants. In reality, though, the 107 is all too often found driven by a rather more mature motorist, under grey skies or in garden centre car parks. Indeed the car famously drew the wrath of Jeremy Clarkson when stuck behind one. “Peugeot drivers,” he tweeted. “If you are holding up a 40 ton articulated lorry, you’re going too slowly.”
As with the Aygo and C1, the 107 isn’t bought to be used for large annual mileages. It is a city car, built for comfort on short journeys and featuring unflappable handling in traffic due to its ‘wheel at every corner’ design. Critically, it may be cheap and cheerful but it has an impressive level of safety features compared to other superminis. Additionally, Toyota’s influence on the car makes it a sensible and reliable used car option. Particularly as a first car, the 107 is a safe bet.
In terms of replacement tyre choice and sales data, the 107 is a carbon copy of its C1 sibling. Michelin’s Energy Saver range was the most common type of factory-fitted tyres and these are also etyres’ best-selling tyre for this car. They make a perfect match, with their emphasis on safety and fuel efficiency rather than high performance. Importantly, these tyres offer excellent grip properties, an important safety benefit for all drivers but especially so for younger or more inexperienced motorists. Similar comments apply to another original equipment tyre, Continental’s EcoContact range. Neither of these is the cheapest option but shouldn’t break the bank in sizes to fit the small wheels of the 107.
Just as for the C1, Nexen NBlue tyres are another popular choice of replacement tyre. These also offer an excellent combination of comfort, economy and durability but distinguish themselves with a very competitive price point. A further option to consider is Firestone’s Multihawk range. When fitted to a small car, these offer a good balance of quality and price and usually last very well.