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Peugeot 306 Turbo D 2001

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Peugeot have established a good reputation for their little cars, as they have got less french they have evolved in decent little motors with few quirks and build quality that is just as good if not better than much of the competition. Here is the 306 one of a long line of Peugeot super minis and one well worth a look.

This one is an attractively economical and practical sounding 5 door diesel. 
Cost New 14640    Residual @ 3 years N/A
Produced from  Jun 1 1999 to Sep 1 2001

 

Remember the good old days of quirky looking French cars take a look through the database to see some real odd looking Pugs of old.

By the time the 306 arrived Peugeot were  well beyond that, leaving Citroen to plough that funny furrow alone.

Take a look at this black coated version, is a not a little belter a lovely looking little car, a hint of natural sporty ness enhanced by the wheels and the discreet spoiler above the rear hatch.

Im not sure whether this is meant to be a sporty model (I doubt it) but little touches do enhance that feeling. The black coat does have a  lot to answer for in your initial views, but equally the deep square chin spoiler  and embedded spots enforce the suggestion. 

Entering the cabin, via neatly trimmed doors, you notice the doors do not seem quite as flimsy as previous 30X cars, the 306 seems quite solidly built for its price and class.

Internally the seats are a little to jazzy for my taste, but do give a youthful fresh feeling to the interior. You soon forget the jazzy pattern as your back and backside obscures most of it. Facing you is a simple but stylish dash with a hint of psudeo silver metal to bring it up to date. The dash is simple but well stocked and laid out  and is very clear in use.

Small cars have brought the Roar back
to the famous old Lion.

 

 

Just check out the level of spec you now get in a Diesel Super Mini. It really is quite well packed with features, from the all important Air con to the somewhat superfluous heated mirrors. The spec level of these lower end economical cars is really quite stunning nowadays. You really dont want for much in real world terms.  

Comfort Features
Adjustable Steering Column
Adjustable Steering Column
Cloth Trim
Cloth Trim
Drivers seat Lumbar Support
Drivers seat Lumbar Support
Front Door Bins
Front Door Bins
Head Rests (front & rear)
Head Rests (front & rear)
Height Adjustable Drivers Seat
Height Adjustable Drivers Seat
Height Adjustable Seat Belts
Height Adjustable Seat Belts
Pollen Filter
Pollen Filter
Remote Petrol Cap Release
Remote Petrol Cap Release
Split rear seats
Split rear seats
Sports Front Seats
Sports Front Seats
Time Clock
Time Clock
General Features
Colour Coded Bumpers
Colour Coded Bumpers
Colour Coded Mirrors
Colour Coded Mirrors
Digital Odometer
Digital Odometer
Exterior Side Mouldings
Exterior Side Mouldings
Heated Rear Window
Heated Rear Window
Rear Wash Wipe
Rear Wash Wipe
Tinted Windows
Tinted Windows
Luxury Features
Air Conditioning
Air Conditioning
Cigarette Lighter
Cigarette Lighter
Electric Mirrors
Electric Mirrors
Electric Windows front
Electric Windows front
Heated Mirrors
Heated Mirrors
Radio Cass Remote
Radio Cass Remote
Radio CD Player
Radio CD Player
Trip Counter
Trip Counter

 

Just a touch modern design. 

 Discreet appendage

Really does wonder for interior.

Neat wheels

 

 

I am not a great fan of the HDI engine, this one is the 90bhp version which should provide ample performance for a small car like the 306.

Trouble is it feels a bit too refined if you now what I mean. The units so advanced nowadays that there is little pronounced power band or step just a steady push from low to not so high revs. I for one really do miss that step and thrust as the turbo spooled up. Admittedly it makes the car far less tiring to drive, it just lacks a little excitement. It seem like an odd comment but it feels a bit too refined.

Service Interval Insurance Group Safety Rating Smog Rating
10000 6 Band (A)
Engine BHP CC Fuel Inj.
Diesel 4 Cylinder 90 1997 No
Cyl Camshafts Valves/cyl Compressor
4 Single 2 None
Top Speed 0 to 60 BHP per Tonne
112mph 12.6seconds 79
MPG@Urban MPG@Cruise MPG@Speed Fuel Type
40.9mpg 65.7mpg 54.3mpg Diesel
Kerb Weight Tow Weight Length Width Height
1155kg 1200kg 404cm 168cm 138cm
Boot Seats/up Boot Seats/Down Seats
340 Litres 637 Litres 5

 

Advanced Common Rail Motor

Lacks a bit of excitement.

The gearbox is sweet enough and being a Diesel you can happily let it mouch about on torque all day, making little use of it. Putting it to good use was a little more difficult. Firstly the clutch was a little sticky and odd feeling with a slow oozing let off from its bite point, but probably nothing a little tweaking could not fix. Second problem was the engines lack of rev range making changes a little frantic. with an effective range from 2000 to around 4250rpm it revs through each gear very swiftly and then dies off very quickly above 4250rpm, brick walling at around 4500rpm well short of the rev limit.

Performance within these confines is more than competent against the clock, it just needs the extra kick in the pants that the 110(bhp) probably gives to generate any feeling of exhilaration.

 a late 12 second dash to 60 is hardly going to set your pants and fire, and the 112mph top end really points at the lenght of top gear rather than and potent performance. In fact performance is directly comparable to the 1.6 petrol model as below

Service Interval

Insurance Group

Safety Rating Smog Rating
20000 6 Band (D)
Engine BHP CC Fuel Inj.
4 Cylinder 90 1587 Yes
Cyl Camshafts Valves/cyl Compressor
4 Single 2 None
Top Speed 0 to 60 BHP per Tonne
112mph 12.9seconds 86
MPG@Urban MPG@Cruise MPG@Speed Fuel Type
27.4mpg 45.8mpg 37.8mpg Unleaded
Kerb Weight Tow Weight Length Width Height
1060kg 1000kg 404cm 169cm 138cm
Boot Seats/up Boot Seats/Down Seats
441 Litres 1510 Litres 5

Similar performance different feel, huge economy difference, though that should be offset against the regularity of the required servicing.

 

Steer/Susp/Tech Features
Alloy Wheels
Alloy Wheels
Catalytic Converter
Catalytic Converter
Disc Brakes Front & Rear
Disc Brakes Front & Rear
Front Fog lamps fitted
Front Fog lamps fitted
Halogen Head Lights
Halogen Head Lights
Height Adjustable Headlight Aim
Height Adjustable Headlight Aim
Independent Suspension
Independent Suspension
Intermittent Wash Wipe
Intermittent Wash Wipe
Power Assisted Steering
Power Assisted Steering
Rear Spoiler
Rear Spoiler
Rev Counter
Rev Counter
Service Level Indicator
Service Level Indicator

Despite the power steering I thought the steering a little stiff, given the HDi's probable role in life. It also feels a little less than lively in response and could do with being a little quicker witted. 

The big heavy engine can take some blame here and pushes the car deeply into understeer territory. That given, the tyres cling on tightly and it rattles around corners  pretty well like all good minis should, with minimal roll and no sign of lurching.  Driving deep into a corner with the throttle pressed hard down, causing deliberate understeer and then lifting right off, does not cause sudden lift off oversteer like some sporty Pug's of old, just a passive tightening of the steering line, safe easy simple. 

On the other hand the  ride was nicely compliant and gives cause for few complaints, from the drivers seat at least. I cant vouch for the rear seat passengers though. Its a good trick on such a short car and one many marques can not quite master.

Peugeot  seemed to have managed to get the ride handling balance pretty much spot on for my tastes at least in the last couple of generations of hatch and saloon. 

 

Neat Wheels aid visuals

Minimal Chrome highlights
sit well with me.

 

Safety/Security Features
Antilock Braking System
Antilock Braking System
Engine Immobiliser
Engine Immobiliser
Front Side Air Bags
Front Side Air Bags
Front Twin Airbags
Front Twin Airbags
High level brake Light
High level brake Light
Locking Fuel Cap
Locking Fuel Cap
Pre Tensioned front Seat Belts
Pre Tensioned front Seat Belts
Rear Seat Belts Fitted
Rear Seat Belts Fitted
Remote Central Locking
Remote Central Locking
Side Impact Protection
Side Impact Protection
Visible Identification Number
Visible Identification Number

 Just when did we become so safety conscious. Four air bags in such a small car is obviously okay. The more the merrier really. But are we really fascinated by safety.

Why do we not all drive Volvos if we are that worried. What always worries me is whether we start to place to much reliance on the technology and not enough on paying attention to our driving, but that is a question for somewhere else.

Security is not such a strong point, the omission of an alarm on any modern car is a bit of a faux pas, adding one may even let you bring the already reasonable group 6 insurance down a notch. 

Airbaggery seems the order of the day.

 Range covering wheel 
it is not the worst in production

 

 

Remote radio neat and easy to use.

The looks alone will win the 306 many friends and buyers and in this sector that's good enough reason by itself to purchase the Peugeot.

But its also a deeply practical car within the limitations of its size. I would not worry about squeezing five into it on occasion like I have done in other super or maybe not so super minis. And the rear doors make rear seat life so much more pleasant an experience. 

Many minis maximize seat space by sacrificing  all vestiges of a boot in the name of rear seat space. The 306 carries a decent boot as well and expands nicely with the now obligatory split rear seats.  

Despite any faults the HDi may have when taking it out for a bit of fun, but in day to day use its a fine flexible economical unit.  Economy being the watchword. Citroen Peugeot Diesels used to be the last word in Oil burner technology, nowadays they are just averagely fine and maybe struggling to keep with the ever advancing opposition, time will tell.

The only real problem I can see with this car is the rather hefty initial purchase price, which puts you in range of some much bigger if less speeced and less economical motors.

front end treatment very nicely done

Sweet looking practicality, a spot on little motor

Doors and trims now well built and styled

 


 

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