Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5

Slip behind the wheel of the new Peugeot 108 and you will be greeted by a simple and uncluttered layout. Depending on the trim you choose will determine how much kit you have to play with – the centre console seven-inch multimedia touchscreen available on Active and above is easy to navigate around and control and is much bigger with a better resolution than most of the 108’s rivals, especially useful when using Google Maps and the reversing camera.

Behind the steering wheel is the speedo, rev counter (only available on Allure and Feline as standard) and the trip computer. All are easy to operate and understand although the trip computer looks particularly dated.

New for the Peugeot 108 is MirrorLink technology which transfers the screen on your phone onto the centre console where you can access most of your phones features, including Google Maps, SMS messaging services and music apps, however the technology is not compatible with some smartphones.

If you opt for Active trim and above the steering wheel also comes with multimedia controls as standard which makes scrolling through the trip computer and audio functions much easier.

Across all trims is an AUX and USB port meaning you can charge your phone or MP3 player while on the move which is useful.

The key to differentiating the 108 from its rivals is the seven different personalisation themes; Tattoo, Diamond, Kilt, Barcode, Dressy, Sport (available only with the solid roof) and Dual which is exclusive to the three-door. These optional enhancements include matching carpet mats, key fob design, door mirror covers and some internal and external patterned stickers.

For the most part this personalisation theme works, but the stickers look cheap and of poor quality.

Peugeot 108 comfort levels are good. There is plenty of space for passengers in the front and the seats are comfortable too, especially when you move up the trim levels to Feline which comes with a leather interior. Headroom and legroom are good, which enables you to stretch out on longer journeys. For those in the back, the 108 will easily accommodate six-footers but over long journeys it may prove a bit of a squeeze.

Both engine choices can be a little noisy – especially when you need to accelerate quickly to overtake – and the 1.2-litre choice drones quite a lot when cruising. Wind noise is kept to a minimum though unless you opt for the Peugeot 108 Top which has an extra-large sunroof.

The suspension is fairly firm meaning bumps and potholes can make for a bumpy ride. We did however drive the car on European roads so we will have to wait to see how it fares in the UK.