1989 Peugeot 205 XS 1.4 twin carb from UK and Ireland


The best performance 1.4 bargain money can buy


At 78500,the left engine mounting broke as I went over a hump and it cost me £250 to repair. This is because when the engine mounting broke, a bolt got broken into the water-pump housing so I had to replace that too.

At 78700, the exhaust downpipe happened to be so rusty, the power from the engine blew a hole in the rusty part. Initially I ignored it in hope that it would not cause many problems, but I was forced to quickly replace it when it was losing power and consuming more fuel. This cost me just £50 because I fitted it myself.

General Comments:

This is the best budget 1.4 you can get your hands on if you cannot afford GTi insurance. It is comfortable, quick and a pleasure to drive. Can leave a lot of modern 1.6s trailing from 0-60mph.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 27th July, 2001

1989 Peugeot 205 XS 1.4 petrol from UK and Ireland


A high performance miracle on group 7 insurance!


Only minor things, due to the previous owners neglect/misuse (it had been serviced regularly).

General Comments:

Apart from the dirty/yukky condition I got it in (all covered in wet look gloss just to make things worse), I fell in love with it as soon as I drove it.

Low end performance is brilliant and the torque is excellent. High end doesn't really matter as the maximum speed limit is 70 mph after all (yes really!). It's exceptionally well set up and very comfortable for virtually any style of driving. I've simply never loved a car the way I love this one.

It's a pretty little car on the outside and very nice (with comprehensive instrumentation) on the inside.

Rust is non-existent, and considering the treatment the bodywork has had in the past this is truly amazing. I was just looking for any 205 to start with due to their "non rust" reputation... but I'm soooooo glad I got the XS.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th July, 2001

1989 Peugeot 205 XS 1.4 from UK and Ireland


Good first car


Starter motor went after a few weeks.

Driver's door stuck.

Leaking radiator.

Worn water pipe

Leaking oil.

Had to have whole new set of brakes, brake drums etc.

General Comments:

The car is pretty reliable once started.

Doesn't like cold or wet starts and especially in the cold, stalls when stopping.

Very nippy, and easily reaches 85mph.

Very noisy when traveling over 60mph.

Inside comfortable, especially the seats.

Interior well set out and the boot space is OK.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd June, 2001

1989 Peugeot 205 XS 1.4 from UK and Ireland


Forget R5 turbos , this is the new cheap pocket rocket


Dead battery needed replacing, after extensive Pioneer car stereo use.

A gasket blew at 140,000 miles, cost £15 to fix.

Brake pads needed replacing after 142,000 miles due to hard-core braking. Cost £25 to replace.

Hose split, being fixed now, I'm not sure of the cost yet.

General Comments:

The quickest 1.4 about and it's still running well after all these miles, not only has it skinned your boy racer Nova 1.3 SR's, but I have also skinned many a Vectra on acceleration, although when reaching speeds over 100mph the fleet cars fly past.

Handles very well round the country bends due to a wheel on each corner, though the body roll is quite bad.

Fuel consumption can also very good reaching 35 miles per gallon.

For a first car you can't go wrong with the 205 XS, they are cheap, when things go wrong there's many parts available, and they can handle the miles. Well done Peugeot on a cracking car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st May, 2001

22nd May 2001, 10:54

Not bad cars, but I have to argue your case of being quickest 1.4 around! I have a Metro 1.4 GTI 16V MPI (alright stop laughing). No joke this car shifts! It has 108BHP as standard and goes from 0-60 in about 8.5s. 0-100 comes quick also! Tops out at 125MPH. It may be a Metro, it is massively underrated, it is very cheap, but it is wicked fun! Email me for your argument - TOAD2000@CWCOM.NET has to be in upper case.


11th Dec 2003, 07:55

The metro might be fast, but it tips over on any sharpish corner.

24th Feb 2005, 08:49

Just have to say this is a spot on review of the XS.