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Peugeot 306 (1993-02)

Overall Rating

3 stars

306 is many things: family holdall; sporty hatchback; stylish cabriolet; and load-lugging estate. Easy to own, good to drive and fairly economical to run, it represents sound value now.

For
  • Big on choice, big on value
  • Best ride in class for a mid-90s design
  • Pleasant to drive and handles well
Against
  • Shows its age quickly, especially inside
  • Older diesel versions can be noisy
  • 1.4 and 1.9D are plodding and dull
Road Test

Despite being an older design, 306 has big attractions for the value-conscious buyer. The line-up offers as much choice as Escort or Astra (1991-98); 306's excellent ride quality helps it rise above these rivals. And handling is way ahead of mid-Nineties family car standards - it's responsive and confidence-inspiring. Engines start with 1.4 and 1.9D units, but it's the 1.6, 1.9 D Turbo, 2.0 HDi and GTi-style 2.0 XSi that make the best of 306's abilities. There are true 'hot hatch' choices, too: the 150+ bhp S16 and GTi-6. Occupant comfort is above-average, boosted by the superior ride. Adults have reasonable rear legroom and seats are comfortable, though taller drivers may complain of tight headroom on cars with a factory-fitted sunroof. Interior trim looks good on newer cars but often gets rattly and tatty as the years mount up. Recommended as a stylish yet sensible value choice.

Need To Know

NCAP: 3

Best Models: 2.0 XSi; 2.0 HDi turbo-diesels; cabriolets

Worst Models: Low spec 1.4 and 1.9D versions; saloons

Replacement: by Peugeot 307 in mid-2001


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Peugeot 306 (1993-02)
Star Ratings

Handling

4 stars

Comfort

3 stars

Quality & Reliability

3 stars

Performance

3 stars

Roominess

4 stars

Running Costs

3 stars

Value for Money

3 stars

Stereo/Sat Nav

2 stars
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