2000 Peugeot 106 LX 1.6 from UK and Ireland


Great fun and sorely missed!


No faults.

General Comments:

I had the 306 for 3 months as a temporary company car, and I loved it.

Although the performance was not what you'd call rapid, the engine was very sweet and eager, and positively encouraged you to explore the upper part of the rev range. The steering was also.

Handling was stunning, especially as this was just the LX variant, and had no sporting pretensions at all. Like a lot of Peugeots the tail felt very light, but it turned in beautifully and responded so well to throttle and steering tweaks that I could push the car to the absolute limits with total confidence, then just play with it to my heart's content. Ease off the gas, the nose would tuck in and, when really pushing, the tail would slide too. Then by simply feeding power back in and winding lock on or off, I could place the car millimetre perfect on the road. I can count on one hand the cars I've driven, including exotica that are so beautifully balanced. Ridiculously, hugely, beyond-the-call-of-duty-ly impressive for what is basically a £12,000 shopping car! And it even rides comfortably.

The disc/drum brakes on this 1.6 version were pretty awful, and not a patch on the all-disc set up fitted to the larger engined models. The pedal was soggy with very little initial "bite", and the car also had a tendency to trigger its ABS ridiculously early. Steering though is in the Porsche / Lotus league with bags of feel and perfect weighting.

The revamped 306 interior is quite attractive with its silver trim and revamped dials. Driving position is good with supportive seats and all major controls are sensibly placed. People slate the 306's build quality, but I can't honestly see why. Granted, it's no Mercedes, but it's certainly no worse than a Ford, Vauxhall or Rover. By the end of 6,000 hard thrashed miles, everything worked, nothing had failed, and nothing rattled.

I cannot believe this car is no longer made, and that the 307 will be as much of a laugh to drive. The 306 is a pretty, reliable, sensible, cheap to run and cheap to insure family hatch, that, once you've unloaded the kids, shopping and other paraphernalia, is quite capable of providing big entertainment! Highly recommended!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th July, 2001

2000 Peugeot 106 Independence 1.1 injection from UK and Ireland


Small in size, big in personality and value


Trim problems: Mostly coming loose and requiring re-attachment.

Fluctuating idling speed: This is inconsistent, and seems to depend on how the engine is started. Dealer said the electronics and ignition are fine.

Gear selection: Sometimes I can't select a gear, synchromesh seems a little weak.

General Comments:

For a small cheap car I couldn't ask any more. She's quick, great to drive, reliable and cheap to run.

I was also in a nasty accident (front drivers side) and she was repaired very quickly. A very strong little car. You would never know it was damaged!

My dealer is excellent (they deserve a mention).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd July, 2001

2000 Peugeot 106 Zest 2 1.1i from UK and Ireland


Fantastic first car


Passenger-side speaker rattled badly when I first got it. Dealer fixed it by re-adding the door.

Steering column squeaks sometimes, and the dealer have already oiled it once. Also the exhaust manifold started rubbing on the engine & squeaking, but it's been tightened & is fine now.

Didn't start one morning, but when it finally did the revs were all over the place, idling at over 2000. Hasn't done it since & haven't had chance to get the dealer to check it out yet.

General Comments:

The car is very comfortable, especially as it's small and I'm big! (6ft 3")

For a small engine it's very nippy at slower speeds.

The acceleration tapers off towards 70mph, but this is to be expected with a small engine.

Easy to park due to the excellent power steering!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th May, 2001