2004 Peugeot 206 1.4 SE 1.4 petrol from UK and Ireland


Uninteresting to drive, but a decent enough car


Trim creaks and rattles

Erratic idle.

General Comments:

Cheap functional small car which does what it says on the tin.

Looks good, but not very interesting to drive especially by Peugeot standards. Lacks the fun handling of Peugeot's earlier models and the steering lacks feel.

Same dodgy build quality that small Peugeots have always had. Basic reliability is okay though.

Engine gutless and coarse, but economical (rarely returns less than 40 mpg even driven hard)

Weird driving position which can be "adjusted out" given about 10 minutes of painstaking fiddling. Worth doing, as the car has very good seats which are comfy on a run.

Would have another at the right price, but there are now far better small cars out there. The 206 is still a good looker though.

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

Review Date: 6th February, 2005

8th Feb 2005, 07:49

Why say "the dodgy build quality that small Peugeots have always had"?

It should be "the dodgy build quality that ALL Peugeots have always had!

They're typical French cars - very well designed and very badly built. Just look at the comments concerning other Peugeots.

2nd Dec 2006, 16:53

I bought my brothers 206SE from him before even giving it a test drive as I trusted his recommendation. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to adjust the seat to a comfortable position at all. I have had this car for nearly six months now and constantly have shoulder ache each time I use it. I have to lean forward to change gear as I have long legs, but short arms, so I cannot find any suitable driving position except hunched over the steering wheel. Having said that, the economy is terrific, road holding is good and the HDI really kicks in. Not sure whether I will swap it or not, but I think I might try again to adjust the seat.

2004 Peugeot 206 XSi SW 1.6 16v petrol from UK and Ireland


Very good car let down by quality of build and dealers


Usual dodgy French car build quality. Squeaks, rattles and poorly fitting trim within about 1500 miles. Radio/computer display can be moved about 3cm in each direction within its housing and the back seat has rattled from day one. You learn to live with it.

Banging from front suspension which cured itself by the time the dealer could fit the car in. Has never returned.

Dash sometimes does odd things when you turn the engine off. The dials jump about for a few seconds and the radio won't turn off. This has happened twice now, but nobody seems to know what's causing it.

General Comments:

Apart from poor quality and useless dealers, it's been a great little car. The 110 PS engine gives lively performance (0-60 in 9.4 seconds) and it loves to rev too.

As you might expect from a Peugeot, the handling is very good with the XSi suspension giving a taut ride and great body control. It doesn't seem to have quite the same beautiful ride quality as a lot of earlier "performance" Pugs though, and the steering is much lighter than I remember in the 306 XSi or 205 GTI. While I'm in whinge mode, the brakes are also stupidly over-servoed making heel and toe downchanges nigh on impossible. Brush the pedal and you stand the car on its nose.

The driving position feels odd at first, but there's plenty of adjustment on the (excellent) seats and wheel. I don't like the way the coupling for the steering column sometimes rubs the top of my clutch foot though, and to call the dash plastics cheap looking is an understatement. LHD wipers and the ridiculous system that automatically turns on the hazard lights on hard braking (if you can't be trusted to operate hazard lights correctly, should you really be driving?) wind me up a bit, but overall it's quite an easy car to live with.

Overall though, a nippy, enjoyable small estate car with a decent turn of speed, a great engine, and just enough of the traditional Pug magic in the handling department to set it aside from the majority of the competition. If it didn't need to go to Peugeot dealers for servicing and they could stretch the interior plastics budget above the current level of about three quid, it would be very hard to fault in context of its price and target market.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th November, 2004