2004 Peugeot 206 HDI 2.0 diesel from Romania
A real sleeper of an automobile
Engine pollution sensor.
Driver's door cranks when open.
Having this car on loan from a friend as a replacement for my defunct A4, all I can say is wow! This car is a heavyweight in more ways than one, and none of it has to do with its actual weight. Pop up the hood, and half of space is taken up by a humongous air intake and an equally humongous engine. This is the average person's Porsche 911, save for the rear engine and of course the six speed transmission. If I had to put up with all the french car hassles for all that, so be it.
TBH, I never saw it coming; I just took the car home thinking "just another boring weekend". Boy, was I ever surprised. On my way home I served up an X5 which confused my car for a snack, and instead was left in the dust. Next up was a Q3 which could not find enough space alongside on the road. I truly feel sorry for the hapless chaps driving overpriced cars. Does it ooze luxury? Does it dazzle with a plethora of lights and sounds? Does it turn heads in the parking lot or otherwise? The answer is all no, and possibly all the more reason to buy it. But if you want to just chug along in the traffic and embarrass the occasional German Uber-alles, this is one of the very few cars to do it.
The styling is sober, un-infatuated; the driving is engaging even without using its secret weapon. Steering is pleasant, with a solid feel, ride is surprisingly forgiving, yet handling is competent. Brakes are confident. Cockpit position is on par with Mercedes (and I had a few).
The only issue I could find is the torsional strength, which does not bring it up to the level of solidity of a German car. This car has put the issues such as sophistication, expensiveness into a totally different perspective for me. Next summer I will change the wheels on the car, which I have already, complete with summer tires, and perhaps have a chip tuning done on the car. Worth it.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 28th December, 2016