1996 Peugeot 306 XNd 1.9 diesel from UK and Ireland
Goes like a snail, and boringly basic
Glove box was broken when I got the car. Held together with tape, but not for long.
Radio did not work.
Drivers side passenger door was stuck shut where the catch came off.
The XNd is the most basic diesel 306 you can get; it has no creature comforts, but always starts, runs well, and won't let you down unless you really abuse it.
Mine was a P reg in red, I bought it as a learner driver and it did me well. I took lessons and passed my test in this car, it's very easy to drive with no surprises. When I passed, I quickly upgraded to something with a few more features; the lack of central locking is an annoyance on the XNd.
If you're looking for something fast, this is definitely not the car for you. 0-60 in a good 18 seconds, and a top speed of around 100 although you can push it to 110.
50-60mpg on motorways, however the gear box is not suited for motorway cruising.
Nice and cheap to insure and run, with little to go wrong - bad electrics are a Peugeot/Citroen trademark, so not having any is a good thing for people who don't want the bother of fixing things as they stop working on a weekly basis.
These cars are regarded by many as "old bangers" now, and being French they have depreciated a fair bit. This means you can easily get hold of a higher model with more features for the same money. If you're OK with intermittent electrical faults, then I would recommend another model.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 8th March, 2009
9th Mar 2009, 05:52
Distance 96 miles in 12 years? or 96000?
9th Mar 2009, 16:48
Distance was about 96,000 I can't remember exactly... good for year. Not sure if this was genuine as the car had a mysterious past - good service history up until the last owner (the one I bought the car from) then it was involved in an accident and quickly repaired. This was fairly obvious in hindsight, but I was a new driver and didn't know much about cars... never again.