Used Peugeot 306 Estate 1997 - 2003 review

Category: Estate car

Section: Our recommendations

1997 - 2003 review
Peugeot 306 Estate (97 - 03)
  • Peugeot 306 Estate (97 - 03)
  • Peugeot 306 Estate (97 - 03)
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Our recommendations

Which used Peugeot 306 estate should I buy?

A diesel engine is the one to go for, although not the 1.9 diesel. It pulls reasonably well low down the rev range, but it struggles in fifth gear on motorway hills. The turbocharged version has a more lively nature, but the best of all is the smoother, faster, more refined 2.0 HDi, which is our pick of the range.

As for the petrol units, the entry-level 1.4-litre engine produces 75bhp, but we wouldn't recommend it. Drive it on your own, and the performance feels reasonable, but once you factor in four more occupants and their luggage, it's all a bit of a struggle.

The 1.6-litre petrol restores some semblance of acceleration, and there are also 1.8-litre and two 2.0-litre petrol engines, one with eight valves and the other with 16.

Safety is not impressive by today's standards, with a three-star Euro NCAP crash test rating. However, if you get a car built after June 1999, it will at least have anti-lock brakes and twin airbags. At the same time, the range also received a face-lift with new headlamps and a more modern interior.

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