Why? Just why do people look at all the used cars they can purchase for €1,200 and then decide on a Peugeot 206? You could have a decent Opel Corsa, VW Polo, Toyota Yaris or even a Nissan Micra – if you’re into that sort of thing.
Sure, the styling is pretty, with its nice lines and bonnet louvres. And they tend to be well equipped. And the ride is good.
- The pedals are tiny, and positioned off to the left. It is entirely possible to hit two of them together if your foot is any bigger than that of a toddler.
- Sloppy gear change.
- The fabric upholstery on the glovebox. Who decided that was a good idea? It is vile.
- The rear axle is prone to problems from water ingress.
- Useless little wing mirrors. You could hide a train in the blindspot.
- Electrical gremlins. Like most French cars of a certain age they do tend to have random electrical faults. Heater stuck on oven hot, speedometer not telling you anything about how fast you are going, indicators giving a little flash of full beam, to alert other road users to the fact that you have bought a terrible little car.
So please, if you are browsing the classifieds and you find yourself drawn to the Peugeot 206, just say no.
This is the writer’s personal opinion based on personal experience.