Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Peugeot 206 hatchback?
If the 206 has an Achilles heel, it's quality - that much is demonstrated by the results in the JD Power survey, when it finished only just outside the bottom 10. Its mechanical reliability was rated as below average, and the interior quality poor, with the seats and ventilation system particular areas of concern.
On the other hand, figures from Warranty Direct don't paint Peugeot or the 206 in such a bad light. In recent reliability surveys, they put the manufacturer well ahead of its French rivals, for example, while the 206 has a good reliability record. Almost half of its problems are generated by the electrics - the central locking is a particular weakness - but when things do go wrong, they're generally quick and quite cheap to fix.
Mechanically, the 206 seems sound, but you should check for excessive brake and suspension wear on XSi, GTi and turbodiesel models.