Peugeot 206 Hatchback 1998 - 2009

Peugeot 206 Hatchback 1998 - 2009

Review by it
Monday, May 16, 2016

Pros:

  • One of the best-looking cars in its sector
  • Good engines, especially the diesels
  • Above average handling characteristics

Cons:

  • Reliability issues

Overview

It may sound funny but in mid 90s when the old 205 was quickly going out of fashion, Peugeot was pondering on the purport of the whole 200 series. It was decided not to follow-up with a new generation car. The managers believed that the 106 and 306 could easily cover both the supermini and subcompact sectors. Besides, they didn't have a suitable platform that they could nick from Citroen in order to develop a new car. They did, however, received a signal from the dealer network, that a successor to the 205 was indeed necessary, so they had no other option but to build the new car from scratch, including the platform.

Exterior and Interior

The 206 has attracted a massive following since it appeared in 1998. The car is highly rated for its design quality. The Peugeot 206 is different from other contemporary mini cars as it stands out with the body shape and the aggressive front end with upturned headlamps. It was certainly the exterior that made the 206 a best-seller. As for the interior, it's by no means spacious, however, for its class it offers a decent capacity and when absolutely necessary, it can seat 5 adults. It's executed in a style that matches the exterior as everything is elegant and made from good-quality materials. What lets the interior down is the careless craftsmanship and it's certainly not put together too well and suffers from many of the common Peugeot faults.

Performance and Economy

The 206 drives quite well with almost any of the engines. The smaller petrol engines can feel a bit lifeless and although they help you reduce the amount you spend on taxes, the monetary difference between a 1.1-litre or 1.4-litre is not that great, so you might as well go for a 1.4 or 1.6-litre petrol engine. Both are quick and powerful and deliver over 40mpg. The top of the range 2.0-litre petrol unit comes with one of the sportier trims, including the special edition Grand Tourismo 3-door model. Unlike some other cheaper minis, a tuned Peugeot 206 doesn't look vulgar. It's sporty by nature and carries a sporty style, so adding a 2.0-litre high-rev engine that delivers 35mpg wasn't a bad idea at all. For many young people the 2.0-litre Peugeot is the most affordable sports car that they can buy and 8 seconds to 60mph is definitely sporty enough. As for the diesel, the French manufacturers are famous for their economical diesels. A 1.6 HDi version, for example, can cover up to 58mpg and still be as agile as the 1.6-litre petrol version. The medium sized diesel feels effortless with under-10 second acceleration.

Like to Drive

Being built on a new platform, the car has received good attention to detail when it comes to suspension. The 206 has an above average ride and handling characteristics. The car may feel sluggish with one of the smaller engines, including the 1.4-litre option, but with a 1.6-litre (petrol or diesel) or the 2.0-litre petrol engine it will be very enjoyable. The handling is precise, you'll like the position and the defined character of the mechanical gearbox. People with large feet may find that the pedals are located too close to each other (a common Peugeot complaint), this is something that it is actually a major concern, so make sure you can handle the car safely before buying it.

Faults and Repairs

The car seems to be receiving ambiguous feedback from its owners. It's almost like two camps fighting for the truth. Some say it's a good and reliable car while others state that the car has spent more time at the dealer than with its owner. Whatever is the truth, 7 million customers couldn't have been too wrong, the 206 is the best selling Peugeot to date. The suspension that defines the good ride qualities of the 206 is often the most expensive part to fix. Although the rear suspension rarely breaks, the front suspension is much more capricious and might require attention more often than anticipated. Electrical faults are not uncommon, especially on newer 206s that were equipped with the multiplex wiring management system. So, if you tap the radio button and wipers turn on instead, don't be surprised.


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Review by old banger
Monday, May 16, 2016

Overview

"Still rockin' after 142,000k "

Exterior and Interior

Both wings are dented from hit and runs acquired whilst parked up, but no rust and still shiny after 14 years. Brill inside apart from my clutter. Air con, comfy seats, ample leg room. At 14 years old this car is looking good.

Performance and Economy

Get around 45 mpg on unleaded. Never once failed to start at first turn of key even when it had been parked outside in ice & snow for 2 weeks. Acceleration not the best but when it goes it really goes. Cruises effortlessly and quietly at 70mph. Engine is so quiet that on several occasions i've turned key to start it when its already been running.

Like to Drive

I've had newer cars and bigger cars but this old timer is by far the best to drive. Basic, simple, handles well. Its been up mountains and never let me down with steering or gears, even on 1st gear mountain passes. <

Faults and Repairs

Only fault is a dodgy sensor which moves temp gauge needle into the red on steep fast downward slopes. This kickstarts the fan & knocks out the heating - which is a pain in winter! I have to switch engine off and wait ten minutes for normality to return, or just continue with the 'stop' light flashing, which is distracting. Its been doing this several times a year for 5 years.
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Review by Pug206
Monday, May 16, 2016

Overview

"1.1 verve"

Exterior and Interior

Interior was quite poor, front seats broke after 3 years. Carpet seemed to hold on to dirt for fun. Exterior paint stayed pretty good, a few rust spots appearing after 4 years or so. Dash is pretty standard and dull, although car had steering wheel controls for radio which was a plus.

Performance and Economy

Being a 1.1 engine there is no performance. As you have to rev it just to get anywhere. Economy isn't great either. It isn't a race car so easy to insure for 1st time drivers.

Like to Drive

Very easy to drive and park, struggles up hills. Small and nippy more suited to City driving as it's not particularly comfortable on a run. Suspension was nice and tight for a few years however, due to the state of the roads nowadays and it's monster pot holes you do feel the bumps. <

Faults and Repairs

In eleven years car has had 1 full engine rebuild, 1 new gearbox, 1 new clutch, 3 x exhaust, 4 x pads and discs, 1 new coil pack, 1 new cambelt. Relatively cheap to service etc. Was fine for around 5 years of owning then within the space of a year everything seemed to go wrong with the thing.
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Review by Darren
Monday, May 16, 2016

Overview

"Great first car"

Exterior and Interior

It's not ugly, but it's not pretty either; it does the trick as your 1st car. There is a CD player, and all the usual gadgets you would expect from a budget car, although it's not exactly an Audi with it's interior, you know what to expect with an older model of car.

Performance and Economy

It gives you great MPG, even when you buy an old one you still get excellent value for money when it comes to travelling distances.

Like to Drive

It's actually quite a good little car to drive, as it's agile and can get into virtually any parking space. The steering does feel a bit heavy at times, but you expect that with an older model. It can keep up with most cars on the motorway, but it certainly feels/sounds like it's struggling once you get to 70mph+. <

Faults and Repairs

It's had nearly everything replaced, which has it's good points and bad points. Spent over £500 in the past few months making sure it's in perfect condition for the winter.
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Review by daz
Monday, May 16, 2016

Overview

"A typical French car"

Exterior and Interior

Ok, the inside of the car is nicely fitted and it has colour matching seats, door sides and glove box. Inside it seems well built and placed together. The outside of the car has remained rust free and is now 11 years old. The 206 seems gets the usual car park dents and bits but overall it is very good.

Performance and Economy

I find the car very nippy and punchy. Being a 1.4cc engine its good on fuel as well and cheap to tax so it is worth a look. I've found it a very good town car being nippy, quick and slick on the gears with a sporty feel to it.

Like to Drive

It is nice to drive and handle and gives a sporty feel to it. It is also easy to handle and park in tight spaces. It is a very nippy ca which is great for town work. It has a good driving position and good lay out on controls which makes it nice to drive on longer runs. The extra bit of punch on the roads is good for overtaking and the road noise is quiet. <

Faults and Repairs

Faults and repairs have been a nightmare. I have had the car 7 months now and in this time iv had the following: 1 - Head gasket replacement these fail around 78000 miles. 2 - The starter motor. 3 - Off side front ball joint replacement (for MOT). 4 - new brake shoes at the rear of car. 5 - new front brake pads and discs. I still have a starting issues both when the car is cold or when warmed up where the engine will hit a dead spot and feels like it will stall. So it maybe a well designed car but be warned, if you buy one check the history and service up keep as poor servicing will mean a big pay out. The mechanical side of the car is not good and not what I would call reliable especially when compared to Japanese cars.
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Review by Dan290674
Monday, May 16, 2016

Overview

"Not too bad for a Peugeot"

Exterior and Interior

Had from new so ordered nearly every option, sports pack flared arches roof spoiler etc, looked very nice in dark blue with a dark interior. Was reasonably well built and equipped, dash was a little bit plasticky.

Performance and Economy

Wasn't as fast as it should be but was reasonably economical, could of done with being more powerful and having a six speed gearbox.

Like to Drive

Doesn't quite live up to its sporty write up. Needed bigger and wider wheels on it like the gti, and more power and an extra gear for motorway driving, was quite nippy around town, seats were supportive but not really comfortable. <

Faults and Repairs

Poor speakers that blew, and air con had a fault. Also rear suspension didn't last long and had to be replaced under warranty.