Which used Peugeot 306 hatchback should I buy?
The outstanding model is the 2.0 GTi-6 hot hatch. Quick, slick and rorty sounding, it proved a hit from its launch. Prices have dropped to make them a bargain, but performance hatches lead hard lives, and you'll need patience to find one that's never been crashed and has had caring owners.
The best of the rest is the 2.0 diesel Meridian. Initially a special edition, its popularity soon meant it joined the 306 range permanently. Alloy wheels, a smart body kit, half-leather seats, air-conditioning and a CD player make it an attractive package, and the 90bhp diesel is strong and frugal.
Otherwise, there are 1.4 and 1.6 petrols, a 1.9 turbodiesel and a non-turbo 1.9. Trim levels ran from L through LX and GLX, with XS and XSi covering a pair of rather feeble sports hatches.
The three- and five-door hatches are the commonest, but there was also a big-booted saloon (withdrawn in 1998) and a handsome cabrio. A face-lift in 1997 improved its looks and increased kit levels.