Peugeot 306 2.0 HDi Car Review | Auto Trader

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Peugeot 306

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Auto Trader Ten Point rating: 77%

It’s getting on for a since the 306 was superseded by the 307, means that not only is mid-sized hatch cheap as but it’s distinctly old-fashioned in ways. Despite this, are still plenty of reasons to the 306 – especially when you take account the value it offers.

1: 10/10

While newer have had to put up with lengthened in a bid to shrug off crashes with the 306’s designers were saddled with such As a result, the 306’s lines are about perfect from angle, with masses of and pretty much ideal

While early cars are a bit cheap nowadays, the facelifted introduced in 1997, breathed life into a design was already essentially right. Go for one of and you’ll have a car that modern while also a lot more attractive than current range.

2: Looks inside 6/10

is where the 306 doesn’t fare so in 2009; when new, its did a perfectly good job in terms of and ergonomics. But this segment was a real shake up by the arrival of the and Golf MkIV in the late and Peugeot didn’t keep up the design or the quality of the materials.

while it’s clear the 306’s cabin comes another era, it actually pretty well, and if you opt for a reasonably trim level it should reasonably modern too, at as far as the seating is concerned.

3: Practicality

Although it’s the hatchback gets all the 306 limelight, there also saloon, estate and editions offered. While the offers even greater than the hatch – there’s a capacity with the seats – it’s the hatch that’s readily available. This up to 637 litres with the rear folded, and as you’d expect a split-fold seat as standard for the most basic editions.

Because of the 306’s compact you can’t expect too much of the which isn’t especially for four (never mind Things are made even if you opt for a three-door car, as getting in and out of the can be a pain – but choose a five-door car for the family and you won’t go far wrong.

4: and Handling 10/10

In a world of hard-riding family cars, the 306 can claim to be something special it comes to ride comfort. engineers generally bias cars for a soft ride than pin-sharp handling, and certainly the case here.

don’t assume that a comfortable ride means the 306 all over the place; the body is admirable when the roads get and the steering loads up in a beautifully fashion. The real beauty is that you don’t have to go for sporty to enjoy these because even the cooking of the 306 have a great chassis

5: Performance 8/10

With on tap along with 156lb ft of the 306 2.0HDi performs with alacrity – it certainly offers the blend of performance and economy all the models in the range. The result of numbers is the ability to sprint a standing start to 60mph in seconds before topping out at Drive with less though and you can officially return up to overall, but on a run it’s likely you’ll actually be able to get to 60mpg.

Opt for the rougher, older turbodiesel and there’s less and torque on offer (70bhp and ft) while you’ll also a fuel economy figure closer to 50mpg. However, Peugeot offered among the diesel engines when the 306 was you could still opt for a petrol as they tend to be cheaper to buy yet still decent levels of on offer – even the 1.4-litre will just about the ton.

6: Running costs 9/10

the newest, most highly 306 is worth very little so depreciation isn’t much of a in running one. That the usual costs to factor in, as fuel economy, road insurance and maintenance.

The cabriolets and of the sportier editions sit in high groups (as much as group 15 for the but the more common variants all sit in four to six. Servicing is only every 20,000 for petrol cars, but diesels attention twice as often – but any garage can keep a 306 ticking so you don’t need to pay main rates.

Peugeot 306

Most 306s made before the road tax became CO2-based, and as most have an engine bigger 1,549cc, that means pay a relatively hefty £185 for VED. To sweeten this fuel economy is generally good; even the sportier should be capable of returning than 30mpg.

7: Reliability

You don’t buy a Peugeot for its bullet-proof quality, and that’s certainly the here. While some 306s have given little trouble because of inherent simplicity, many have given their a lot of grief.

The front suspension bushes to wear quickly, resulting in tyre wear, while the lines can perish, leading to Clutch cables can seize up, callipers (where fitted) can leak and if low-profile tyres are there’s a good chance the wheel rims will be

Air conditioning systems are also as are the electrics and electronics – so check everything works, including like central locking, windows and stereos.

8: Safety

The 306 may have been introduced as far as 1993, but that hasn’t Peugeot from achieving a EuroNCAP score with it, it was crash tested in 1998. a pretty impressive result in theory puts it on a par with the Ford Focus and even the BMW Mini.

The 306 scores well it just scraped through key just before everything was up, which is why in reality, it isn’t as as the Focus or Mini – but for such an old it’s still pretty Things are helped by the fitment of brakes on all models, but there are no impact bars and only the gets an airbag.

9: Equipment 8/10

Peugeot to focus on packing its cars standard equipment in a bid to make more enticing, and that’s the case here. All cars get steering, a CD player, remote locking and electric windows at in the front. However, most also get heated door twin front airbags and air

10: X-Factor 7/10

The 306 still sense if you’re looking for transport, as long as you can find a one. With lots of equipment, some great and a healthy dose of practicality, the 306 has to offer. Just make you don’t buy a lemon that’s with faults.

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