107 X-Line and Citroen C1 Play
date : 6th May 2007
The Citroen C1 and the Peugeot
107 are built in the Czech Repbublic in a joint venture with
The Toyota’s version – again sharing the same bodyshell
and mechanicals – is known as the Aygo, and it’s not
available here – yet!
There’s a legend about the original Herbie movie that when
the producers chose a car for the title role, they parked a
whole lot of prospects side by side to check people’s
There’s nothing new in selling near identical cars under
different names. The original Mini was launched both as an
Austin 7 and a Morris Mini Minor, and its detail changes were
limited to grilles and badges.
As with the Mini, there’s a strong urge to bond with these
modern baby cars, which look almost identical.
The tiny length of these cars belies their interior space
packaging. While the luggage space is minimal with the rear
seats upright, at just 130 litres, four or even five adults
can live happily inside the cabin.
The accent on the Peugeot and Citroen, which have
near-identical interiors, is on high style.
And it’s style, as well as an excellent engineering package,
that’s going to sell these cars like hot cakes.
The co-operation between Peugeot, Citroen and Toyota in the
development meant there was more money available to spend on
design, styling, and the materials used.
At first glance, some of the items may look a bit frivolous,
but on closer inspection you realise there’s very real
quality in the cabin fitments – at least for cars in this
Yes, that rev-counter may look like an add-on – but the much
more expensive new Mini and the Smart both have the same
funky, bug-tendril-like arrangements.
The interior of the Citroen is just about identical to that of
the Peugeot, except for trim surface finishes and the badge on
the steering wheel.
Cheap and nasty is definitely going a bit too far as a
description of the cabin ambience, especially considering that
pricing starts at under R90 000 for the base model.
Our test cars were higher-specced top models, which sell for
around R104000, and include electric windows, side airbags,
Talking of air-con, you can
order an intermediate model with basic trim plus air-con, and
this sells for just under R95000.
One of the nicest features of this joint
Toyota-Peugeot-Citroen venture is the power-plant. We’ve
always enjoyed three-cylinder motors because of their unique
sound, not unlike half a flat-six Porsche motor.
This is a good engine, and time may well prove it’s a great
From its 998 cc it develops an impressive 50 kiloWatts and 93
Nm of torque.
According to Car magazine, who tested the 107, the car
accelerates to 100 km/h in 14,5 seconds, and has a true top
speed of 165 km/h.
That’s way more than you need in a car like this, and as
long as you keep the revs up, overtaking acceleration is not
bad either. The low overall mass of around 850 kilograms plays
its part here.
Best of all is fuel consumption, with an achievable 5,5 litres
per hundred kilometres in day-to-day driving.
The charisma of the engine
cannot be overstated on these little cars, and the gearing is
also extremely tall, taking advantage of the flat torque
Despite a very short overall length of 3,4 metres, the ride is
good and high-speed stability is excellent.
Although drum brakes are used at the rear, they do come with
Peugeot 107 X-Line and
Citroen C1 Play
Three-cylinder petrol, 998 cc
- Power: 50 kW @ 6
- Torque: 93 Nm @ 3
Five-speed manual, front-wheel-drive
- 0-100 km/h: 14,4
seconds (Car Magazine)
- Top speed: 165 km/h
- Fuel consumption:
5,7 litres/100 km (Car Magazine)
- Price: R103 900
(Peugeot) R 107 500 (Citroen*)
higher price is due to spec differences, such as alloy wheels
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