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Peugeot 108 against Volkswagen up! : In good company

Peugeot 108

Published at Thursday, March 17th 2016, 04:33:57 AM by Leonard J. Martinez. Peugeot.

Brainchild of Toyota but flavored by French engineers who have injected DNA Peugeot forms Aygo the Peugeot 108 is in his own right a real heartthrob who conquers females in their wake. Available from launch with one-two finish in the event five doors- the Allure TOP! comes standard LED daytime running lights ESP cruise control and a sunroof that is painted gray but for 120 euros you can change it to 'Red Purple'. In addition the type mounted inside bacquets seats have become so popular in this type of vehicles and includes a large central seven-inch touch screen -Mirror Screen- able to reproduce the 'desktop' of our mobile phone reducing the driving distractions. All these 'goodies' pass the background time to release the money since one really wonders if it is worth purchasing a slightly larger car in this case a 208- since there is little monetary difference. But this is not the fault of 'small' but broadly the segment as these cars are no longer 'Clunkers' to get from point A to point B without being authentic whims wheels.

The same happens to the Volkswagen up ! which a director of the competition said at the time that the German company was losing money on every unit sold. The reason? The perceived quality. Beyond this anecdote the truth is that VW is hard to beat rival and even not wrong if we say that the reference to dethrone. More discreet in design and presentation than his opponent but with a superior finish the successor of the Lupo shows that larger dimensions do not affect behavior without underestimating the gap compared to 108 issues fundamental to life on board .

Indeed the Volkswagen up! measure three inches longer three wide and high livability greatly influences without forgetting that the battle is over three inches. The smallest Volkswagen of those marketed allows four adults are accommodated without problems although access is complicated because the three gates; Furthermore if the passengers enter and exit from the passenger side the seat must be reposition it lacks -memory Easy Entry function does have the driver. In Peugeot 108 we find a similar situation but it is true that the rear occupants are narrower because their heads rub against the roof and legs touch the front of the seats.

Underway and despite having only seven horses difference between the three cylinders of Peugeot and Volkswagen the Peugeot 108 is more alive responses in all its strip use. However the Volkswagen up! have a good start and when we seek high speed road and highway when he suffers something plagued by a very short gear ratios fifth -¡la asks 50 kilometers / hour! -. The 108 has a longer development which travels filed. Worth the higher torque available obtained in a strip lower speed is also made so we guarantee incorporate us more easily without the need to change as often as in the VW. Do not forget that this block 208 mounts said.

At the other end of the scale consumption stands near upper half liter per 100 km in France as well as wider vibrations transmitted to the passenger compartment especially at idle and low rpm. The expense of fuel surprising even to have some measure 165/60 R15 tires front 185/50 R16 larger the Volkswagen up! Here the German enforce makes its Bluemotion program that informs us in every moment of our driving style and we recommend changing certain skills for greater autonomy deposit this being according to our measurements of 700 kilometers by 600 Peugeot.

But either one or the other demonstrating stability is outstanding and we convey confidence although the Peugeot 108's 'clumsy' is displayed. Come standard with ABS and ESP so any minimal path problem is corrected immediately by the electronics. Also the up! has an address pedals and a box of smooth shifting while in the Peugeot all these elements show a harder touch. Also significant is the smallest turning radius of Gaul noticeable when maneuvering in tight spaces.

Fog lights air conditioning stability control hill start and speed control are standard equipment on both models although they are enriched with practical and visible reversing camera -Peugeot 108- browser -VW- -the heated front seats or two.

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Where do find fault is in the details. The Volkswagen up! the driver can not handle the passenger power window because you have not installed this command on your side -has to stretch his arm to do so while covering the trunk lid bears no cords that make it up or down with the gate itself so that the operation must be done manually. At Peugeot the biggest drawback lies in the management board computer -that recommended 'trastearlo' in uprightly because you have to drop a hand off the wheel and place it between the ring to press the two levers there.

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