Used Peugeot 106 Hatchback 1996 - 2004 review

Category: Small car

Section: What is it like?

1996 - 2004 review
Peugeot 106 Hatchback (96 - 04)
  • Peugeot 106 Hatchback (96 - 04)
  • Peugeot 106 Hatchback (96 - 04)
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What's the used Peugeot 106 hatchback like?

The Peugeot 106 is very entertaining for scooting around towns and along country roads. It's nippy (1.5 diesel apart), flexible and easy going, with light and responsive steering, and fluent and sharp handling.

The lively 1.6-litre 16v GTi is even more agile and fun. On narrow twisty roads, its composure and pace through corners can embarrass bigger, dearer hot hatches.

Forget long-distance journeys, though. All 106s hate motorways and don't do refinement. The engines become tiresome at a steady 70mph, there's not much sound deadening and the seats soon feel uncomfortable.

The driving position is badly flawed, too. The pedals are cramped and the steering wheel is fixed, so tall drivers will struggle. And, so will tall passengers, because there's not much space in the front, and the rear seats are really for kids only. The boot's a decent size, although only posher versions have a split-fold rear seat.