What can I say? I love my 106. Bought it as my first car just over a year ago for £1650 with 66,000 miles on the clock. Came with 3 months AA warranty, full service history and in excellent condition, well worth what I paid for it.
The Pug has been fantastic to me, starts first time every time, even on the -10 mornings we've had this winter! Never broke down, and never had any faults with it.
I find it's happy nipping round town or cruising on the motorway. Don't let the 1.1 engine deceive you, it's surprisingly quick! I've had it up to nearly 100mph, and it held easy, wouldn't try going any faster than that in it though!
I couldn't tell you the fuel economy in mpg, but I put £25 in it, and that lasts me a good 10 days to 2 weeks, depending on how much driving I do.
The interior is basic, but considering the car's nearly 10 years old, I think it's fine.
All the controls are well laid out and easy to use, and the dash is easy to read. Another thing I love about the Pug is that the vision in it is fantastic, from all angles.
The 106 is also in all honesty fun to drive. It's nippy, and even though it hasn't got power steering, you won't notice it because the steering's so light.
It's quick, and it will lunge forward if you put your foot down.
I can see why older drivers would want a better car, but seriously, if you're looking for your first car, I'd strongly consider a 106. If you get one that's been reasonably well looked after, it won't let you down! No rust, no faults, no hassle. Just a great little car!