2001 Peugeot 106 Zest 2 1.1i petrol from UK and Ireland


It's great for some if you're a female, and short or average height, not so good for tall people


Wheel alignment becomes out of shape every 10000 miles or so.

Very tight clutch; this has been checked by 3 mechanics, and it's a design fault.

Airbag error light for drivers side has been on since the beginning, checked by dealer and 3 mechanics, and still no solution. Hopefully airbag works.

Braking isn't the best.

Not made for a tall person.

Clutch/brake/gas pedals are all very close to each other; you have to tip-toe to drive or have small feet.

General Comments:

It's a great car for the city, as it's small and can fit into tight parking spaces and small gaps.

Perfect car for women. Perfect for people under 5 foot 6 inches.

Manufacturer's speakers are better than any car I have had.

Acceleration from 1st to 2nd gear is the best.

Taking corners at speed, it can handle, as it's front wheel drive.

Front wheel drive helps in the snow.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 5th September, 2010

2001 Peugeot 106 GTi 1.6 16v from UK and Ireland


The Don of Little Hot Hatches


Since I have had the car the only problems I have had are, and how much it cost me to fix:

Dodgy cam-belt tensioner - £270 new cam-belt and tensioner.

Spotlight went missing - £65 from Peugeot.

Loss one wheel arch! (Was loose beforehand) - £45 for new arch.

Leaking oil cap - £10.

That's about it really, not bad for 4 years of ownership, and the car gets a regular caning.

General Comments:

I always had wanted a 106 GTI, I think they look absolutely amazing. I cannot fault the standard body kit except the ridiculous ride hight. Once I had it lowered and put a nice set of 15"s on it, the car looked amazing and handled superb.

I've had a few engine mods such as 4-2-1 manifold, forced air induction kit and sports exhaust with de-cat, and the car pulls hard especially at 5k. I've had burns with a ford focus ST170 and pulled away, new civic type R that could not leave me and a Peugeot GTI-6 which was so much slower I had to back off from going into the back of him! 0-60 is prob around the low 7 mark and I have had 135mph out of it.

I'm not saying its the best car in the world, but if your after something that has good looks and can embarrass bigger "faster" cars at the lights the 106 GTI is the one to go for.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 15th April, 2007

16th Apr 2007, 05:09

I'll embarrass your 1.6 gti at the lights in my civic 1.6 vti.

16th Apr 2007, 10:27

New type R does 0-60 in 6.6. Your car supposedly low sevens. Even if it is low sevens he would pull away.

16th Apr 2007, 16:03

A new type r would leave your pug 106 standing, even a 1.6 civic vti would kill it, I think kid is dreaming, the type r driver must have been in reverse.

2001 Peugeot 106 GTi 1.6 16v petrol from UK and Ireland


Top, fun, fast A-road and town car!


Knocking from underneath the rear of the car, traced to exhaust knocking on a heat shield (a common problem, bend back heat shield for extra clearance).

Both headlight adjustment motors seized up, not able to adjust headlights for MOT - fixed at local garage for a fair price.

Inability to use the headlight level adjustment switch - see above.

Airbag warning light occasionally flashing on, it was not in fact an airbag causing the light, but the seat-belt pre-tensioners, fix was to fiddle with the wire connections under the front seats.

General Comments:

Having owned a couple of 205 GTI's previously, I am kind of used to the superbly balanced handling of Peugeot hatchbacks, so I thought I'd give a 106 GTI a test drive. Most 205's are now either too knackered, too much effort to keep running, or too expensive for a 'decent' example, so it was a natural decision to go for a more modern version of that car, and the 106 GTI is definitely that - the true (in my mind) replacement for the iconic 205. The 206 and 306 just don't cut it in my opinion.

The car is very similar to drive to the 205, a bit quicker to dive into a corner, but slightly more forgiving at the same time. It is considerably smaller though, so can be a bit more frantic with fast direction changes. When driving, it feels smaller, yet lower and more nimble.

It's very easy to see the design similarities between the two models, but the 106 is obviously a bit more modern, and for the age of the car, is not yet old enough to start to worry about major work being required just yet.

As a car in it's own right, I'm quite impressed; the build quality is fine - not up to Audi standards, but decent enough for a cheapish French car. I have no worries about bits falling off on the motorway.

Ah yes, the motorway. Although it's quite comfortable and feels bigger inside than a basic trim 106, it is no mile-muncher. The engine can get a bit revvy above 80, and the seats start to annoy me after a hundred miles or so. I am 5'11", so I would think anyone over six feet would have trouble with the comfort.

This of course is of minor importance, as the true nature of this car means it'll spend a lot of time in town or on fast A roads. For this it is perfect; small enough to make city work easy, and quick enough to make spirited driving a good laugh. Although not super-powerful with around 120 BHP, allied to the sublime handling, low weight (approx 950kg), and the easy revving engine, the overall package just works better than the majority of other so-called hot hatches.

One problem that will turn some people away is the cramped pedal box. The pedals are offset to the left and are very close together, you do get used to it, and after a while it feels perfectly normal, however if you have feet in the clown shoe size category, it's possible you just will not ever get on with it. A long test drive is recommended.

The interior is quite nice, mostly in black. Easy to keep clean, but the design is not exactly up to date, however everything is where you expect to find it, and is easy to use, apart from the electric window switches. These are right in front of the handbrake and behind the gearstick. Again, you get used to it, and can find them by feel easily enough after some practice.

Other than that, you get (in an '01 anyway) a CD player, electric adjust mirrors (which are I think heated), leather & Alcantara seats, leather wheel and gearstick, and a sunroof, which is an option as far as I know. Enough toys to get by, given the nature of the car.

You also get ABS and four airbags.

Running costs are quite reasonable considering the car tempts you to use a heavy right foot. Motorway work seems to drain the tank in no time at all - a six gear would be great in this car.

Insurance is reasonable for me because I'm near to 30 with some no claims and no endorsements, but under 25s can end up spending a lot on insurance. For reference I am 28, 4 years no claims, SE London, no points or claims, Fully Comp is £500.

Tax is band F for the 01-03 cars - the most expensive.

The car is very similar to the Saxo VTS, which uses the same engine/gearbox, and almost the same chassis and suspension. The GTI is much less common than the VTS, and costs a fair bit more to buy, however it does not suffer from the boy racer image anywhere near as much as the Saxo, and most say that the Peugeot is better built. The suspension on the 106 is also better quality.

Personally I think the 106 GTI also looks better :)

The cars suffer from a few known problems, but most if not all are easy to sort out, and are usually cheap to fix, maybe even nothing if you sort it out yourself.

Performance is very good, as stated the balance of the car is what matters, and because of that is faster than expected. One advantage it has, is that a lot of people are hard pushed to spot the difference between this and a regular 106, so it's easy to surprise a few people. The acceleration is more than enough to see off chavved-up 1.2 Corsas etc. Don't bother trying it on with Scoobies and Skylines, cos regardless of what some people on here think, you won't beat them ;)

Given a nice set of twisties though, it is entirely possible to keep up with considerably more powerful cars, if you keep it on the boil.

It has enough go to safely and swiftly overtake slower traffic. Although it's a light car, and it is still only a 1.6, so you may need to change down a gear or two to get the best out of it.

Overall, a fun car with enough features and quality about it to warrant getting one at the bargain prices they go for nowadays. You must get one in good condition, to avoid the thrashed and crashed examples, so buy carefully.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st July, 2006

2nd Aug 2008, 06:20

Nice cars these.

I myself had a Clio 182, but after driving my mates Saxo VTR which as you know is a similar chassis, I was gutted. The Saxo (and thus, also the 106) handled considerably better IMO. It had far more feel through the steering wheel, seemed to have less body roll, and was more chuckable.

Not only that but when I had my 182, I had a little "play" with a 106 GTI and in a straight line, the 182 was only slightly faster. Although the 182 has an extra 60 bhp it also weighs nearly 200 kg more.

The Clio does have a nicer interior and more toys though, but as a driving machine I feel I should have just saved myself a few grand and got a 106 and had a better handling, nearly as fast car.

8th Jan 2009, 05:56

The Clio 182 and VTS/GTi are in different leagues because of their power. If you jumped into the 1.6 16v Clio, you will realise how special the VTS/GTi's really are. On the other hand, I have test driven a Clio 182 and they are also brilliant cars. Hatchbacks seem to be the better options in these days.

14th May 2009, 04:53

I owned a 106 GTI for 4 years and I miss it terribly.

It's not a stupendously fast car as some people on here describe it, but it is quick, handles well and is immense fun.

The only other fast cars I've driven are an Audi TT 220 and a Porsche 911 3.2 (1990 model). Both a lot quicker than the 106, but in all honesty I'd take the 106 over those cars for fun driving any day.

15th Feb 2011, 06:33

I'd just like to put in that my 106 has beaten Scoobies for breakfast, but I don't think it would blow away a liner in any hurry!