2009 Peugeot 107 Verve
you may have guessed from the other automotive pages on this website,
I've always been one for older and somewhat odd cars - You'd have
guessed correctly if you had come to this conclusion. So it may
come as a bit of a surprise if you were to spot me driving down the
road in something barely a year old.
Courtesy of work eating up the vast majority of my time nowadays, and
really just needing something I could rely on, I needed to look for
something a bit newer (and economical) as my daily runabout.
Nobody was able to offer me a workable finance solution on a used car
though - so I ended up going for a new one. Not quite my original
plan...but life's good at making it necessary to think on your feet,
At work, we have a few Citroen C1's as pool cars, and while they're
simple little things I've found them quite pleasant to drive.
Once I'd done some further digging, not least discovering that in three
years across three cars that we'd not had a single failure among
them...I decided that it was a viable option.
The Citroen C1, Toyota Aygo, and Peugeot 107 are of course
fundamentally the same car. While the bodywork varies somewhat
cosmetically from one to the other, they all share the same
platform...and well, aside from some body panels everything else!
The Peugeot version I preferred the styling of - and they had the best
finance deal out of the three as well, not to mention the most
conveniently placed dealership for me to get to for servicing (which
has now closed down...great!).
I'd never had the opportunity to actually configure a car for myself
before, picking out what options I wanted, and picking the colour...The
colour. This DID cause a certain amount of deliberation. I
knew that the car looked good in bright red, had very fond memories of
my second Austin Metro which had been bright yellow, and there was also
an option of a really nice looking metallic black. In the end, I
went with black - though every other day when I realise it needs
washing again, I do question the wisdom of this decision to some extent!
Couple of months down the line, and I found myself picking up a brand
new car for the first time...Not something I ever really expected to be
doing! I'd also gone to town somewhat with the cosmetic options
which were available with the car - however as this was only a month or
so after the second generation 107 was launched (it came out in
February 2009 - and I ordered the car that month, picking it up in
April), these weren't ready for then I picked the car up. Much to
the relief of the dealer however, I'm a patient person, and really
didn't mind in the slightest waiting a bit. So I drove home with
the car you see below.
It very much had that new car shine, and that new car smell (which it
still has a year on actually!). I've never driven so carefully
before in my life that I can think of! First couple of months at
least I must have appeared to every other road user as a complete
menace because of my caution verging on paranoia!
Never driven a car with so few miles on before...Had only 12 miles on when I picked it up.
What's hard to see in the images above is that the car isn't actually a
flat black colour, rather is a metallic colour, in which especially on
a bright sunny day (well...the odd couple of those a year we get in
Scotland!) shows up flecks of all manor of reds, blues and
purples...I've tried to capture this on the camera, and you can see it
- but the full effect really doesn't come across. It's really
quite pretty actually I think.
Now, the 107 (and its Citroen and Toyota brothers) isn't without its
quirks. Most obvious are a couple of oddities inside; not least
the revcounter, which sprouts out of the top of the instrument housing
like some aliens third eye, and a big chunk of white plastic around the
heater controls - which by day doesn't look all that odd, but all glows
orange at night. I don't have a detail of the revcounter yet, or
this glowing at night, but these will follow.
I initially had some concerns that this might prove very distracting at
night, but it's actually dim enough that it's not a problem - not to
mention the fact that the headlights are actually very good. Even
for a larger car, never mind for something so small.
A month down the line, the car went in for its checkup, and got the
cosmetic items I'd ordered from the dealer fitted. While I'd not
generally have gone for anything as boy-racerish as this, it was within
my budget, and as this was my first car...darnit, I was going to have a
bit of fun with it!
The additional kit consisted of a chrome radiator grill, a small
bootlid spoiler, and a set of (as it turned out very effective - once I'd
adjusted them so they weren't pointing skywards anyway - nice one dealer!) twin
headlights. Think it does make the car look really quite fun and
a bit more distinctive, especially the headlights which I've yet to see
another 107 with in person.
This and the resulting digging through my images folder has led me to
the conclusion that I don't actually have many decent photos of the car
since it had its facelift...I should correct this at some point!
I'll be getting back to this page once that's done, probably formatting
it in a more review-like manner, and adding a lot more detailed photos
where needed. For now though, hope this keeps you interested!
Model: 107 Verve 1.0 3-door.
Engine: 998cc 3-cylinder inline petrol.
Gearbox: 5-speed manual.
Power output: 68bhp.
0-60mph: 13 seconds approx (manufacturers claim).
MPG: 50 (average).
Colour: (in case you want yours that colour!) Raven Black metallic.
25th January 2021: Minor page formatting changes
to improve mobile usability.