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Peugeot 106 Hatchback (96 - 04) review

(1996 - 2004)
Peugeot 106 Hatchback (96 - 04)
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Which used Peugeot 106 hatchback should I buy?

The 1.4-litre petrol is a sweet, eager engine and nippy enough without being heavy on fuel. The 1.6-litre eight-valve has more go, but there's a marked dip in economy.

You'll have stacks of choice if you want the 1.1-litre petrol - it's the most common model. It has the same zingy character as the 1.4, but less pace and not much better mpg, so we favour the bigger engine.

Forget the 1.5 diesel. For all its 50mpg potential, it's a grumbly old thing that creates too much din even when it isn't working hard.

Five-door cars are slightly more practical, but if you plan to use the rear seats much, you shouldn't be buying a 106. Which is probably why the majority of 106s are three-doors.

Kit levels are modest, unless you choose Zest 3, Quicksilver or XT trims. Go for a car with power steering - not all have it. Classifieds and independent dealers are the place to buy.

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Which used Peugeot 106 hatchback should I buy?

The 1.4-litre petrol is a sweet, eager engine and nippy enough without being heavy on fuel. The 1.6-litre eight-valve has more go, but there's a marked dip in economy.

You'll have stacks of choice if you want the 1.1-litre petrol - it's the most common model. It has the same zingy character as the 1.4, but less pace and not much better mpg, so we favour the bigger engine.

Forget the 1.5 diesel. For all its 50mpg potential, it's a grumbly old thing that creates too much din even when it isn't working hard.

Five-door cars are slightly more practical, but if you plan to use the rear seats much, you shouldn't be buying a 106. Which is probably why the majority of 106s are three-doors.

Kit levels are modest, unless you choose Zest 3, Quicksilver or XT trims. Go for a car with power steering - not all have it. Classifieds and independent dealers are the place to buy.

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