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3 out of 5 stars

For A coupe for winter and a convertible for summer - all in one car

Against The 207 CC is disappointing to drive with the roof down, and there's only room for two people

Verdict Extremely desirable, but it can be unreliable

Go for… Newer models

Avoid… Small engines

Peugeot 206 Coupé Cabriolet
  • 1. Make sure the roof works correctly and doesn't leak, as repairs can be scarily expensive
  • 2. Check for a damp front footwell carpet. Some cars had a problem with water getting into the ventilation system
  • 3. It’s cramped inside. Don’t be fooled by the bucket seats in the back - this is really only big enough for two
  • 4. There have been problems with auto 'boxes or the electronics which control them failing
  • 5. A 1.6 110bhp diesel engine was introduced in 2005. It's good on motorways and has great fuel economy
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Peugeot 206 Coupé Cabriolet full review with expert trade views

When the 206CC was launched, the only other car available with a folding metal and glass roof was the Mercedes SLK, and that cost at least £28,000. This gave the 206 CC celebrity status, and dealers couldn’t sell cars fast enough. However, the type of roof is all these two cars have in common. If you’re expecting a mini-Merc with a budget price, prepare for disappointment. Build quality is questionable and it’s cramped inside. Don’t be fooled by the bucket seats in the back - this is really big enough for only two. The CC might be based on the 206 GTI, but it's a cruiser, not a bruiser. With the roof up, it drives like a conventional supermini hatchback, but lower it and the body starts to flex, which ruins the handling. There's loads of wind and road noise, even with the roof up, and it’s difficult to get comfortable.

Trade view

James Ruppert

Values now starting to fall back, diesel has no more appeal at the moment

James Ruppert
Used car guru

When launched, the 206 CC came with only two engines: a 110bhp 1.6 better suited to cruising than straight-line speed and a far more potent 138bhp 2.0-litre which feels fast in comparison. However, given the nature of the car, the 1.6 is the better bet, although the engine can start to boom when you work it hard. If you’re looking to buy a newer car, a 1.6 110bhp diesel was introduced in 2005. It might not feel that fast, but it’s good on motorways and has great fuel-economy. The only automatic option was available on the 1.6 petrol engine, but it’s not the most reliable and dents the already slowish performance - so it‘s worth avoiding. There are only two trim levels, but even base models are well equipped, and top-end models have leather trim and climate control.

Trade view

Duncan McLure-Fisher

Low failure rates and repair costs - a great small car, but check the brakes

Duncan McLure-Fisher
Managing Director,
Warranty Direct

The CC has been around for a few years, so it’s possible to bag a bargain. Newer cars at dealers will cost you more, so hunt around in classified ads and on websites for private sellers with cheaper examples. Fuel economy is good, with the 1.6 and 2.0 petrol engines giving 40.4mpg or 35.3mpg respectively. This is one area where the diesel version really shines as it delivers an impressive 57.6mpg. Insurance costs shouldn’t keep you awake at night and, while the 2.0-litre petrol is in group 14, the other models are in group 11. The 206 is not the most reliable in its class, although things have improved. Recent What Car? and JD Power customer satisfaction surveys show that 206 CC owners are generally happier with their cars than they used to be - a good sign for used buyers.

Trade view

James Ruppert

Values now starting to fall back, diesel has no more appeal at the moment

James Ruppert
Used car guru

The 206 CC suffers the same faults as the rest of the 206 family. The central locking mechanism can fail, and you should check the front footwell carpet to see if it’s damp. If so, you probably have a problem with water getting into the ventilation system. Automatic 206 CCs have their fair share of problems, with both the ’boxes themselves and the electronics which control them failing. Some owners complain of a noisy exhaust, so you should always check the condition and life expectancy of a car’s system. That folding roof also has bit of a reputation of unreliability; water leaks are the biggest complaint. So, make sure the roof works correctly before you buy a car, as repairs can be scarily expensive. There were a fair number of recalls on the 206. So, check the logbook or contact your local dealer to check that they have been carried out.

Trade view

Duncan McLure-Fisher

Low failure rates and repair costs - a great small car, but check the brakes

Duncan McLure-Fisher
Managing Director,
Warranty Direct
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