2000 Peugeot 206 XS 1.6


A fast, comfortable beginner's dream


Broke the gear knob.

The car lives his own life (window wipers).

General Comments:

It's the perfect car for a driver who want a cheap, comfortable and sporty car. The comfort is so good and relaxing for this price class, that I'll be driving this for a long time.

I like a fast sprint or good reaction on the pedal, and the XS does so.

In my opinion, even better than a 206 GTI. Only the RC version of 206 is faster than the XS. BUT you lose the comfort and the car is really noisy; perfect for short roads or town sprints, but annoying for long drives on the highway... That's why I prefer the 206 XS as the best buy, if you want a comfortable buddy who drives you fast from A to B.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd December, 2017

2002 Peugeot 206 XS 2.0 HDi


Affordable, comfortable, good looking, fast going diesel!


Surprisingly for a Peugeot, this car has never really let me down so far. Not even rattles and squeaks. I only saw the dealer with the delivery of the car. Its first service is due now, at 20000 km.

There are a few minor electrical problems, though. One day the dashboard completely went nuts, all indicators fell to zero, the red STOP light started to flash. But before I could park my car on the hard shoulder, everything went back to normal. It never occurred again, though sometimes I see the STOP light flashing briefly.

Finally, the aircon is getting smelly.

General Comments:

I had to replace the right front headlight bulb last week: it took me an hour to replace! The engine bay is so full, you have to remove the filler pipe from the windscreen washer tank and still you need long, thin fingers to get the headlight cover off.

Another annoying design feature is the automatic windshield wiper interval speed setting, because at motorway cruising speed it is often too fast. I can recommend the rain sensor option.

But that does not outweigh the luxury and performance of this little car. Its 2 liter common-rail Diesel engine makes the car go like a rocket, the engine's torque is great, the road holding is superb, with 195/55 tires on 15" alloys the cornering is precise and the seats in this XS model are very good, mine has the all-leather option. And it's not just the inside, the outside looks very, very good too!

The only thing really disappointing to this car is its fuel mileage. Before this car was delivered to my, I drove a bigger, heavier VW Golf TDI, which easily did 5 l./100 km. The 206 HDi with the same driver and the same roads does 6 l./100 km average. But then again, the VW is much less fun driving, looks as astonishing as a milk carton and for the price of my almost full-option 206 I can't even get a basic VW.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th November, 2002

16th Apr 2004, 03:43

This is an addendum to the review above:

The car is now at 88,000 kms and there hasn't been a single reason to see the dealer in-between the 20,000 km service intervals. There is only one problem which the dealer can't seem to fix: in heavy rain (I mean really heavy rain), apparently some electrical problems occur which causes the engine computer to go into an emergency program, which limits performance (not a real problem, since in heavy rain one doesn't want to drive fast). The others are Peugeot's design failures: an oil level indicator who complains too fast about low oil level (even when the dipstick shows the oil level is up to the upper mark!) and the dashboard electronics which reboot once in a while.

Oh, I do recommend other tires than the Continentals which were fitted when I got the car new. They become very noisy, change them to Michelins as soon as you can. The front tires lasted only 40,000 kms, the Michelins are slightly better, but I expect they need replacing soon.

1999 Peugeot 206 XT 1.9 diesel


Really like it, but it could do with an extra 15 horses


The cooling fan complete destroyed the radiator, and therefore I was stranded at the McDrive with a steaming engine. This happened on the second day I had the car!

General Comments:

It's a nice, quite spacey, and comfy car.

It has really good seats.

It doesn't feel really slow until you try to overtake someone or go anywhere over 80 km/hour, for petrol heads and generally everybody who wants to do lots of highway miles I strongly recommend a HDi, although the diesel isn't scared of getting its pants revved off.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st July, 2001

1999 Peugeot 206 XS 1.6 petrol


If it was built like a German car you would have an unbeatable combination


There is a rattling sound in the suspension. The dealer can't seem to find it. It is really starting to irritate me!

At 5000 km I noticed the tail lights were full of water. My garage solved it but they were wet again after a month or 2.

At 15000 km the the driver's seat wasn't properly attached to the floor and began to make sounds (squeaking, rattling, etc.) A new seat-frame was placed, but I had the same problem again after about two weeks!

General Comments:

Beautiful designed car (inside and outside), but there are alway sounds and noises when driven and the dealer support is very bad. As if they really don't know how to solve a problem with this car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 27th January, 2001

25th Apr 2001, 15:05

The rattling sound is not the suspension, it's the engine mount, get the dealer to put the fix kit on, it works.