Peugeot 206 Review

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4.0 rating

In production from 1998 to 2009, the Peugeot 206 had a good run, increasing in popularity with time. Sprightly and youthful, the 206 is available in hatchback, estate and even coupe cabriolet variants, meaning it serves several different markets. But you can expect fun styling and neat handling on all variants. Despite being replaced by the 207, the 206 remains a hot favourite as a used buy for those who find the 107 too compact. It’s cheap to run, well-designed and thoroughly enjoyable to drive, making for a solid supermini.

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What we think about the Peugeot 206

Despite showing its age, enjoyable handling and fun styling make the Peugeot 206 a popular used purchase.

Pros

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Funky styling

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Good engine choice

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Decent space

Cons

Poor build quality

Awkward riding position

With a long production run, the 206 has gone through several facelifts. Increasing popularity meant that it wasn’t just sold as a supermini –several variants like CC, RC, GT and sedan have also been made available. You can choose from five trim levels to customise your 206.

Driving performance of the Peugeot 206

Our Driving Rating7 / 10

The 206 was a follow-up to the super-popular supermini, the Peugeot 205. While markets changed and it didn’t quite live up to its predecessor’s success story, the 206 retains the involved handling with light controls. It corners neatly and the decent grip means there’s very little body roll. The one quirk is its driving position – it’s quite cramped, yet the steering feels distant due to the awkward angles. The engines can get a bit noisy when pushed, but all in all, expect to enjoy old-world charm without too much electronic assistance.

Safety and reliability of the Peugeot 206

Our Safety Rating8 / 10

Thanks to the strong body shell and hard roof, the 206 performed fairly well in the Euro NCAP safety tests, achieving four stars out of five. However, it’s worth noting that the testing system has become stricter since due to advancements in safety tech. Standard features include alarms, airbags and central locking. Meanwhile, upgrading to the more expensive trims brings in additional airbags and Isofix points. Note that with older models, the anti-lock braking system is optional.

Under the bonnet of the Peugeot 206

Our Engine Rating8 / 10

There’s a lot of choice when it comes to engines. Petrol powertrains include 1.1-litre, 1.4-litre, 1.6-litre and 2.0-litre variants. If you want a diesel, you can pick from 1.4-litre, 1.6-litre, 1.9-litre and 2.0-litre engines. The entry-level options are quite nippy in town but do struggle significantly on motorways, while the 1.4-litre engines strike a good balance between power and efficiency. However, the bigger options offer the most fun and can be driven comfortably in town and on motorways.

What you'll find in the Peugeot 206

Our Design Rating9 / 10

The 206 was somewhat of a revolutionary in terms of design. The funky styling was so successful that several of Peugeot’s later models carried the same formula. In fact, even contemporaries have taken some inspiration from its sporty looks. Although it’s definitely dated now, the retro theme still keeps it somewhat fun and exciting to own. If you truly want a head-turner though, the coupe cabriolet variant is a great choice.

Comfort and interiors in the Peugeot 206

Our Comfort Rating7 / 10

Although it’s a four-seater, some people might find the rear space a squeeze, and at 237 litres the boot space is average. But the rear seats offer split-folding, so you can transport bulkier items more easily. When they’re folded down, you’ll get about 1100 litres of space. The one downside is that cabin storage is limited. The cabriolet iteration is good fun as it has a versatile and well-designed folding system that’s quick to use – perfect for British weather.

Peugeot 206 interior

What features you'll find in the Peugeot 206

Our Features Rating7 / 10

Although it might seem limited now, the 206 was fairly well-equipped for its day. A CD multichanger, climate control, electric mirrors and an electric sunroof are all part of the standard package. Upgrading to top-tier trims brings in more safety equipment and fog lights, heated mirrors and parking assist. Driving enthusiasts could also upgrade to sports seats, which you’ll likely find in cars fitted with 2.0-litre engines or the GT variants. Look for models with traction control to make driving in the rain or on gravel easier.

What fuel efficiency to expect from the Peugeot 206

Our Fuel Consumption Rating8 / 10

As this is an old car, all figures were tested according to an outdated system. This means you’ll likely find that you get much lower efficiency than claimed with real-world usage. However, well-maintained cars should still remain cheap to run. The entry-level diesel options offer up to 65 mpg, and the average across the range is around 34 mpg. However, as a used purchase, it’s best to take the car out for a longer test ride by paying a small advance if you prefer. This way you’ll know exactly what to expect from it, including in terms of efficiency.

Running costs of the Peugeot 206

Our Cost Rating8 / 10

With an average of 195 g/km, emissions are pretty standard on this supermini. That means you can expect low insurance rates. However, you should be aware of the car’s service history before purchasing, as there have been quite a few recalls in the past. Problems included airbag deployment and fuel filter leaks. Plus, electric systems can often cause trouble in automatic variants. Ensuring that you do a thorough inspection before purchasing can help you prevent expensive garage visits in the future.

Our verdict of the Peugeot 206

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