The 306 HDi D-Turbo is a great car with sporty looks and spirited performance that, particularly in the mid-range, gives more powerful petrol cars a fair run for their money.
Its also rather well equipped with all of the following as standard: analogue climate control, ABS with EBFD, power steering, rain-sensitive wipers, electric windows, remote central locking, CD player with steering column remote control, 4 airbags, great-looking 15" alloys, sports suspension, rear spoiler, front fog lamps and sports bumpers/side-skirts.
Fuel economy is excellent, even when driving with a heavy right foot the gauge seems reluctant to budge. Which is a good thing as the satisfying kick from the turbo at a little under 2000 revs encourages the use of that right foot. Pick-up in 2nd and 3rd gears in particular is excellent thanks to the high torque available immediately at the start of the turbo-band.
One of the best things about this car is the ride and handling. The steering is excellent with superb feedback and the sporty suspension means you can really throw the car into corners with it always remaining sure-footed.
The only minor niggles I have is some wind noise on motor-ways which seems to be a common issue with the 306, and parts of the dash look a little dated, but other than that the combination of petrol-like performance with diesel economy and sporty looks is a great formula.