I bought a Nissan Almera a few months back, and wow awesome, get it over 4k and you're away. It pulls like a train. I have had a 306 2.0 XSi, Ford RS2000 and this beats them hands down. I mean compared to an Escort GTi, the 'mera beats it.
IMO it looks awesome; mine's a Phase 1 with full kit.
My advice: buy one, you won't regret it. Handles great once lowered, reliable, looks the part, cheap to run, and sounds very good with an exhaust system.
I have owner an Almera Gti for nearly 4yrs now. In that time I have done 70k miles, on the original clutch and box and currently at 152k. I have replaced tyres, discs, pads and servicing items at regular intervals, and the only expense was a PAS pipe and a new battery.
It still looks OK, drives OK and is still a quick car. Insurance is too much for what it is, but theres nothing I can do about it.
4yrs of motoring and 70k miles have cost me under £500 in servicing and parts. I can't complain at that and shall hold onto it providing it passes MOT this week, if not I shall break out the welder.
The Almera GTI is a good car. It's good on fuel and has very good performance, but after owning 2 Almera GTI's and 1 306 GTI-6, the GTI-6 is a better drivers car without doubt. The only thing that lets the GTI-6 down is the electrics and fuel consumption. 306 GTI-6's like to drink! The best you will get out of one is around 30mpg, but more like mid 20's... Almera GTI a good 37mpg and daily 30-32mpg. Performance wise, I would have to say the 306 GTI is a tad faster.
I have owned an Almera GTi for a year. I totally disagree. It's better on petrol than my old 1.4L Astra. And totally reliable.
Harsh! I think you'll find the 106 Rallye and GTI, along with the GTI-6 and 306 Rallye, quite competent cars. Sure, the 205 is an icon and quite rightfully so, but Peugeot didn't stop making great hot hatches in the 80's, they stopped with the 306 IMO.