1998 Peugeot 306 GTI-6 2.0 16V petrol from UK and Ireland


Great hot hatch let down by patchy build quality


Nothing as yet but it is all just about hanging in there. The whole feel of the car is that of one about to self-implode. Servicing is not cheap for a hot hatch with dealers unhelpful.

Large wind noise from the passenger side.

General Comments:

Good handling, the best engine with good low down torque and upper end as well. Gearbox is notchy and a bit syrupy. The spare wheel is located under the car and will be stolen if you don't tie it down or put it in the boot.

Overall a great car, if only the build quality was better.

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

Review Date: 21st June, 2000

16th Mar 2001, 03:39

Self imploding comments understandable if you are coming from a Corrado, I am about to buy one after a string of VW's I hope I am not making a big mistake.

1998 Peugeot 306 XS 1.6 from UK and Ireland


Both doors made clicking noises as bolts were missing. Handbrake light flashes on and off.

General Comments:

Good handling, good looks.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th May, 2000

1998 Peugeot 306 Cabriolet 2.0 from UK and Ireland


Good looking and great fun


Slow passenger window motor, alarm immobiliser kept going off for no reason, amazingly sensitive to stone chips.

General Comments:

Beautiful car to look at - the best looking cabrio in it's class. Chassis is brilliant, and doesn't shake too much. Grip and handling top of the league. 135bhp is not enough - needs more power. Good boot space for a cabrio - holiday luggage for 4 no problem. Superb standard CD sound system. Dreadful dealers - technically inept and prone to lying - they told me they had replaced the alarm system when in fact they had disconnected the siren!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th May, 2000

5th Feb 2001, 10:18

Very, very susceptible to stone chips.

1.8 model, not nearly enough power.

1998 Peugeot 306 XSi 2.0 16v petrol from UK and Ireland


Gearbox had to be replaced (under warranty) after approx. 6,000 miles due to failure of syncromesh on 1st, 2nd and reverse gears. Nothing else major.

General Comments:

A practical and sporty car. Great handling, decent performance, very comfortable on long journeys. Reasonable fuel consumption - I usually get 33-35 mpg. Good level of equipment.

Overall performance is very good - engine has plenty of torque, car handles well and has loads of grip. Can be great fun to throw about on a twisty B-road that you know well. But for a real laugh, go to a track day - ruins the front tyres but well worth it.

Only drawbacks - rattly dashboard and a couple of other rattles from inside the car, also windnoise can be irritating.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th October, 1999

1998 Peugeot 306 Vivant 1.6 from UK and Ireland



General Comments:

Supple ride with good roadholding. Performance is okay in town but I would like more pull on the motorways. Comfortable and quiet, when the 6 CD changer is not on. Lots of options as standard and good value compared to the LX. Love the colour Diablo Red.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th August, 1999

1998 Peugeot 306 XSi 2.0 16v from UK and Ireland

General Comments:

Nothing wrong with this type of car but performance (acceleration) is extremely disappointing, handling feels like it has no grip, gearchange is sloppy, and when you sit in it the first time you will find the position is a bit awkward.

Unlike my old Clio 16v which had brilliant acceleration and great grip, but always break down and weren't too reliable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 22nd May, 1999

9th Jul 2001, 14:54

Fair enough the XSi might be slower than your old Clio, but poor handling and lack of grip??

306's are very tyre sensitive. Use Pirelli or Good Year for consistent results. Avoid Dunlops at all costs! Nothing wrong with them normally, but are hopeless on these cars.

The 306 should destroy the Clio handling-wise. If yours doesn't, start looking into why. It's not typical of the car.

12th Sep 2002, 07:10

Are you saying that your Clio always breaks down and is unreliable, or your 306 breaks down and is unreliable?

In this case it seems your grammar has broken down and is unreliable.

1998 Peugeot 306 Vivant 1.4 petrol from UK and Ireland


Generally reliable - no significant problems. Some switches have become loose.

General Comments:

Engine is very boomy on the motorway.

Good equipment levels in this special edition.

Roomy inside but cabin very dark and plasticky.

Handling is grippy and fun even if the steering is a little rubbery.

Fuel economy OK.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 28th February, 1999