This is the third 206 GTi I have owned but the first 180 and I have been very impressed, especally with the handling.
The engine is very strong and smooth once on the move with the car returning 31.7mpg. So far the qualety of the interior is OK, the big seats hugging my 22 stone frame very nicely. The driving position is not the best simply because the gear stick is not close enough to the driver. It's too far forward for any one over 5 ft 5in.
The dealers are OK but not good and very expensive. I've never had anything go wrong. My tyres last about 25,000 miles on the front and 45,000 on the back although the near side front wears twice as quick as the offside.
My front brake pads last about 23,000 miles and rears about 45000 overall it's a very good car that deserves better press and is a work of art to look at.
Reliabity has been 100% so far. I do all maintenace myself, except services that have to be done for the waranty and I change the oil and filter every 4000 miles.
If only that gearstick was further back.
Good for the price but it is becoming dated! The compitition is better equipped and safer!
Go for a Clio or Fiestia!
Comfortable, economical and surprisingly punchy, given it is a diesel with a 1.4 engine. Mine is cherry red and looks absolutely lovely.
The 2.0 HDi engine was responsive and adequate for the small frame of the 206, however I wouldn't really call it a hot hatch.
It regularly returned excellent fuel economy, even when driven hard. I owned the first of the diesel turbos in the XSi trim with the HDi engine. The handling of the 206 is fairly competent, as you'd expect from Peugeot's small hatches, but not anywhere near the 106's.
Servicing on the Peugeot is fairly inexpensive and the HDi engine is across a huge range of the Peugeot/Citroens, so parts will be available for a long time to come.
Equipment: Air-con (basic, no climate control), sports seats offer reasonable support when cornering, leather steering wheel and gear knob, with some token chrome. Otherwise, quite unattractive plastics from the basic models.
Practicality as expected from a three-door hatch, very little boot space. During the first 3 weeks it suffered a strange noise when changing gear, it was returned to the main dealership to be looked at on four occasions, on the fourth they noticed a problem with the clutch. This was then replaced. The dealership tried to be helpful, however the overall experience when you had problems with the car was a struggle. Many letters were written and visits back to the dealership were frequent.
Within 10,000 miles it began to show signs of poor build quality on the interior, with several rattles developing from the trim.
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