2002 Peugeot 307 XSi 2.0 16v petrol from UK and Ireland
Well built, but as dull as ditchwater! Bring back the 306!
Battery terminals worked loose, locking and immobilising the car.
Dash creaks a bit.
Not a patch on the 306 XSi. Lacks all the feel and agility in the twisties, and its massive bulk means even the 2.0 engine feels flat and lifeless. Entertainment value is nil - maybe the upcoming GTI will fix this although the massive bulk means it is unlikely.
Build quality is better, as is rear accommodation (irrelevant for me anyway), but after my 306 XSi I am appalled how Peugeot has gone so "old" in its design. Anyone who has grown to love the lift off oversteer, steering feel and sheer poise of traditional sporting Pugs will be massively disappointed. Me included.
Bought it hoping it would grow on me like the 306 did, but it's totally soulless and lacks any form of driver involvement. A bit of a betrayal from a company which has built its reputation and fortune on making drivers cars.
Recently visited my Ford dealer and tried a Focus 2.0 Zetec ESP - a nice Panther Black example will be on my drive in 2 weeks time. Everthing this car should be, but isn't
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 17th August, 2002