The 206 remains an appealingly smart, practical and economical choice, but it's slipping down the rankings for refinement and overall quality when compared with the latest Fiesta and Micra.
- Stylish looks; lots of choice of engines and trim
- Low running costs, good fuel economy
- Adequate space for the smaller family
- Smaller engines need working hard
- Poor driving position and pedal layout
- Lacklustre interiors don't wear that well
206 remains popular, new and used, but it could offer more in terms of comfort and ease of use.
A sturdy body makes 206 quite heavy, so the less powerful engines can struggle at higher speeds. The 1.1i and 1.9D are underpowered; the popular 1.4i and 1.4 HDi offer plenty of pull and brisker acceleration. There are also sportier 1.6i and 2.0i petrol choices, plus a punchy and frugal 90 bhp 2.0 HDi unit.
Handling is confident and agile, and the ride gets smoother the faster you go. But there's too much road noise and noticeable engine noise in the middle to upper rev ranges.
The hatchback cabin feels a bit plasticky. It's spacious up front (though you may find the driving position uncomfortable) and adequately roomy behind. The Coupe Convertible has limited room in the back.
Long service intervals and good fuel economy help to keep running costs low.
Need To Know
JD Power stars: 2
Best Models: 1.4 HDi; 1.6 XSi
Worst Models: 1.1i Style; 1.9D models
Quality & Reliability
Value for Money