Product Type: Peugeot cars
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Fun but at a price
Member Name: NikkiH
Advantages: Fun to drive, comfortable, reliable
Disadvantages: Expensive to run
I have a black Peugeot 206cc Allure 2.0. It is a 2003 registered model, and I have owned it since 2009. I have always wanted a convertible, and once I no longer needed a family type larger car, this was always the model that I had seen and liked. Most importantly, it was in my price range. My car had been extremely well maintained, and had low mileage, so even now it looks much newer than it actually is.
It is a pretty looking car, but definitely a ladies car in my eyes. My husband will only drive it as a last resort, and I always find it odd when I see men driving this model.
My interior has leather seats, black with a red trim which really add to the look and make the car look more special.
There is plenty of leg room for driver and passenger. The back seats normally divide opinion, and I have read a lot of reviews where people claim they are useless and the car is basically a 2 seater. I disagree. Admittedly, there is not an abundance of space in the back of the car, but my eldest daughter who is 5'2" often sits in the back, She cannot stretch out, so for a long journey it wouldn't be ideal,but the seats are certainly not useless.
The windows are fully electric, and you can have the front windows down while leaving the small rear ones up so your back seat passengers are not blasted with air.
I always wanted a convertible with a hard top. My decision was mainly based on the security issue, and the amount of sad people who feel it is fun to slash soft tops. The roof on the 206 is easy to operate and quick to put up and down. To prepare for the roof retracting, you have to pull across a blind in the boot. This does reduce your boot space, but ensure that there will be no objects in the way of the roof to cause any damage. To put it down you open a clip on the driver and passenger side, you then press a button which is situated between the driver and passenger seat. The roof then retracts and tucks away neatly in the boot - all in less than 20 seconds. You must be stationary with the handbrake on to operate the roof, but the time it takes it still ideal if you are caught in an expected shower. I always put the windows up when the roof is down to try and minimise the wind and noise.
Head height must be a consideration for anyone buying this car. I am 5'8", and feel fine within the car, however my husband who is 6'4" feels like his head is pressing on the roof.
The boot is surprisingly spacious, and would rival a lot of family saloons at approximately 420 litres with the roof up. It does reduce to 120 litres when the roof is down. It is heavy to lift up, and even more so with the roof inside. Make sure you don't put your key in the boot and then close it. Unless you have a spare - you are going to need a locksmith to get back into the boot.
Automatic air con comes as standard with this model. I prefer to knock it off unless it is a really hot day - but then I would have the roof down so it is not something I use too often. I am also too aware that the air con can increase the petrol consumption. I generally get 37 mpg, but this drops when the air con is used.
This model has full remote central locking.
The CD player was not what I wanted so I replaced it with my own so I cannot comment on it's performance.
The trip computer is in the centre of the dash, and shows the standard date, time, temperature etc. My preferred display is how many miles are left before I need to refuel. I can also check how many miles per gallon I get, but I try not to do this too much as it can be quite upsetting with the current fuel prices!
In terms of safety, the car has front and side airbags, but you can switch them off if you ever needed to. The model also has ABS but as I mentioned don't rely on it too much in bad weather, just slow down and take your time. You will be alerted by a noise and dash display if you or a passenger has not fit their seatbelt correctly. This is the same alert if you have not retracted or secured the roof clips correctly.
The alloy wheels have locking wheel nuts. Don't lose the specialist tool to remove them or you will need a costly trip to the local Peugeot dealer.
Driving is comfortable and enjoyable, however beware in bad weather as the back end slides out in bad weather.
As it is big engine in a small car, the Insurance group ranges from 11-14 so depending on your driving experience, you may find yourself hit with a hefty premium.
Road tax is at the higher rate, and for 6 months it is £134.75
Overall, I love the car. It is fun to drive and fingers crossed it has caused me no problems. In terms of affordability, I probably could get more for my money, but sometimes the fun factor wins over.
Summary: Lovely looking cabriolet in an affordable price range