What Car? says

3 out of 5 stars

For Good to drive, comfortable ride, cheap to buy and run

Against The handling can be dicey if the car's driven hard; seating is poor for taller drivers, and safety kit is sparse

Verdict It's cheap and great to drive, but newer designs trump it for quality, refinement and safety

Go for… 2.0 GTi-6 5dr

Avoid… 1.9 D L 3dr

Peugeot 306 Hatchback
  • 1. Coolant needs changing every three years, otherwise corrosion sets in
  • 2. Timing belts need replacing every three years to prevent engine damage
  • 3. The clutch cable can stick and cause premature clutch failure if it's ignored
  • 4. The suspension and brakes need frequent work, especially on GTis and diesels
  • 5. A face-lift in 1997 improved the 306's looks and increased kit levels
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