Which used Peugeot 206 hatchback should I buy?
Of the many engines, the 1.1 and 1.4 petrols provide the best balance between cost and capability. Both are willing, and cope well in and out of town. The smaller engine is marginally better because it's not much slower, but has lower running expenses.
There are also some fine diesels. However, we'd recommend you stretch to one of the HDis that have been gradually added to the range since late-1999 - they're much stronger and more refined than the 1.9 D that was fitted to the first 206s.
As with so many superminis, it's also worth avoiding the poorly equipped base trims (Style on the first 206s) in favour of the next step up - LX or, on later models, S.
Stepping further up the range is a question of deciding whether you want something luxury or sporty - GLX and SE providing the former, XSi and Sport the latter.