Review: Peugeot 206 (1998 – 2006)

Rating:

Not bad looking. Economical 1.4 diesel gets under 119g/km.

A miserable follow-up to the 205. Sometimes shoddy quality.

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Peugeot 206 (1998 – 2006): At A Glance

I’d showed up to drive the new 407 SW, but the enthusiastic PRs told me to try a 206 1.6 HDI 110 first. So I did.

It looked as close as any 206 has ever got to the 205GTI I ran and loved 16 years ago. More luxurious, of course. With all the 206 GTI petrol model’s goodies including 16” alloys, 205/45 tyres, Teves ESP, ASR, CDS, ABS with Electronic Brake Assist and Electronic Brake Force Distribution, automatic air conditioning, CD autochanger, deep hugging bucket seats, aluminium pedals and gearknob. And very, very red.

But a diesel GTI? How would that work? I got comfortable, adjusted the mirrors and turned the key. Anyone who has driven the SEAT Ibiza TDI 130 and the Skoda Fabia vRS 130 knows they don’t drive anything like a GTI. You get frantic grunt between 2,000rpm and 3,000rpm, but nothing much below or above this rev band and have to use the 6-speed box row them along to get a satisfying drive.

But PSA’s 1.6 16v diesel drives completely differently. It stumps up 180 lb ft torque at 1,750rpm and 110bhp at 4,000rpm. But it also ‘overboosts’ in the higher gears only, giving up to 195lb ft. So it’s eager rather than raucous from a standing start, then has a lovely lump of mid-range urge that doesn’t suddenly peter out like all-or-nothing VAG engines. It even revs smoothly right the way to 5,200rpm, giving 50 in 2nd, 81 in 3rd, 114 in 4th and a theoretical 142 in 5th. And while this isn’t the 6,000 – 7,000 rpm of a true GTI, it’s enough to feel very like one. This car is seriously good fun to drive.

And it doesn’t let you down in the corners. Though my 205 is now a distant memory, this 206 seemed to have the same front end grip and enough lift-off ‘adjustability’ at the back to seem very similar. The only minus was a slightly sloppy cable gearshift, but not to the extent it became irritating. 

Peugeot 206 GTI HDI 110 2004 Road Test

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What's the Peugeot 206 (1998 – 2006) like to drive?

I'd showed up to drive the new 407 SW, but the enthusiastic PRs told me to try the 206 GTI HDI 110 first. So I did.

It looked as close as any 206 has ever got to the 205GTI I ran and loved 16 years ago. More luxurious, of course. With all the 206 GTI petrol models goodies including 16 alloys, 205/45 tyres, Teves ESP, ASR, CDS, ABS with Electronic Brake Assist and Electronic Brake Force Distribution, automatic air conditioning, CD autochanger, deep hugging bucket seats, aluminium pedals and gearknob. And very, very red.

But a diesel GTI? How would that work? I got comfortable, adjusted the mirrors and turned the key.

Anyone who has driven the SEAT Ibiza TDI 130 and the Skoda Fabia vRS 130 knows they dont drive anything like a GTI. You get frantic grunt between 2,000rpm and 3,000rpm, but nothing much below or above this rev band and have to use the 6-speed box row them along to get a satisfying drive.

But PSAs 1.6 16v diesel drives completely differently. It stumps up 180 lb ft torque at 1,750rpm and 110bhp at 4,000rpm. But it also overboosts in the higher gears only, giving up to 195lb ft. So its eager rather than raucous from a standing start, then has a lovely lump of mid-range urge that doesnt suddenly peter out like all-or-nothing VAG engines. It even revs smoothly right the way to 5,200rpm, giving 50 in 2nd, 81 in 3rd, 114 in 4th and a theoretical 142 in 5th. And while this isnt the 6,000 7,000 rpm of a true GTI, its enough to feel very like one. This car is seriously good fun to drive.

And it doesnt let you down in the corners. Though my 205 is now a distant memory, this 206 seemed to have the same front end grip and enough lift-off adjustability at the back to seem very similar. The only minus was a slightly sloppy cable gearshift, but not to the extent it became irritating.

It looks sporty. It drives like a GTI. And it also lets you eat cake, because with 58.9mpg combined, 126g/km CO2 and Euro IV emissions, running costs are spectacularly low whether you drive it as your own or as a company car.

Engine MPG 0-62 CO2
1.4 44 mpg 14.1 s 152 g/km
1.4 HDi 64 mpg 14.8 s 116 g/km

Real MPG average for a Peugeot 206 (1998 – 2006)

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Average performance

97%

Real MPG

34–73 mpg

MPGs submitted

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Our car was written off and we want to keep it - should the insurance company offer us the pre-accident market value?

My daughter has fully comp insurance on her car, a 2003 Peugeot 206. Although old, it was in excellent all-round pre-accident condition. She was at fault in a minor shunt and although her car is driveable, the repair cost makes it an uneconomical repair. She has asked the insurance company if she can keep the car. They have agreed to settle with the third party and have agreed to my daughter keeping her damaged vehicle, but have made no financial offer. I believe they should offer her a payment based on the pre-accident market value of the vehicle and, if she were to retain the vehicle, to adjust the settlement figure in line with the salvage value of the vehicle. My figures would suggest pre-accident value at around £550, minus the salvage value of £125.
Everything you have said is spot on, but I also guess your daughter has an excess that you have not taken into consideration. If her excess is greater than the settlement, then they will not make a financial offer. What she could do is ask how much her insurer has paid out to the other party. If it is a low amount, it may well be worthwhile to buy the claim back off the insurer so your daughter can get her no claims bonus back,and her claims history amended.
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