Well despite the bad things you might hear about the 206 - or French cars in general - the only horror story I've had with my 2005 Verve was a blowout at 70mph on the dual carriageway. Scary, but its just a tyre and not the fault of the car itself - just wear and tear. Another minor thing is the indicator doesn't self-cancel, apparently this is a common problem on 206s, but I've gotten used to just flipping that back up after every turn. Not worth moaning about. Truth is, this car is reliable, comfortable and ridiculously fun to drive in comparison to other hatchbacks like the uninspiring Polo. The low driving position actually works in its favour because along with the grippy suspension and refined, firm steering, you can do sensible corners and feel like you're whizzing around them. I'd rate the engine depending on how you use it - some might call it sluggish but there is a fair amount of force in the lower gears, so if you want to get up to speed quicker then higher revs are the answer. Very economical though, no question about that - I travel a short distance every day, so I fill up once a month and that's it. Insurance is nice and low, so it makes a great first car. Looks great too with its swooping design on the outside and pleasing dash shape. I've owned 2 206s, this Verve model and the 1.6 HDi - while the HDi felt a bit more torque-y and got you more MPGs, the Verve's got more gadgets including an AC and CD multichanger. Overall, a pleasure to drive.
Liam Stiles, Surrey, March 20th 2014