Used Peugeot 306 Hatchback 1997 - 2003 review

Category: Family car

Section: What is it like?

1997 - 2003 review
Peugeot 306 Hatchback (97 - 03)
  • Peugeot 306 Hatchback (97 - 03)
  • Peugeot 306 Hatchback (97 - 03)
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What's the used Peugeot 306 hatchback like?

The Peugeot 306 is a pretty hatchback that set new standards for how small cars should drive. It has grippy handling and plenty of steering feel, as well as a controlled, absorbent ride, all of which helped the car to win plenty of awards in the mid-1990s.

The designers have tried hard inside, too, and the dash has a novel twin-glovebox design, but it looks cheap. The soft seats and offset pedals won't suit everyone, either, and cabin space is average, although boot space is good.

These are tough cars, but they were last sold in 2001, so they are getting on a bit and need plenty of care. Service intervals are set at 20,000 miles or every two years for petrol engines from S-plates onwards, but it's best to keep to the 12,000 mile/yearly visits Peugeot suggests for diesels, whatever you're driving.

Euro NCAP awarded the car three stars for occupant protection, but one star for pedestrian protection, which is disappointing.