My first impression of this medium sized family hatchback was the stylish looks. The sills that run below the doors seem to curve in which gives a sleek aerodynamic look. On second glance I noticed the features that make the Meridian Special. The leather bound adjustable height steering wheel, the leather trim around the edges of the seats, the CD player, the CD control arm mounted on the steering column, need I go on. This car is packed with extras, air conditioning, twin air bags, and side impact air bags. It had all electric windows. A de-activation switch for the passenger air bag for if you put a baby carrier in. A switch to de-activate the rear electric windows to stop the kids playing. All fitted as standard on this special edition. They seemed to have thought of everything. Under the bonnet is a picture all gleaming, shiny and new looking. Plenty of room in the back and a large looking boot. The rear seats fold down, if you first remove the leather head rests. While the front seats open out to near flat, but not at the same time as the rear ones, it?s not a pseudo pick up truck, though you can fit a fair amount of rubbish in especially on trips to the dump-it site. Once in the driving seat everything is in easy reach. You can control both wing mirrors from a little joystick on a panel on the door as well as both front windows. Control of the rear windows is ok if you are a contortionist, as they are between the front seats and slightly behind you, so the cut-off switch comes in handy. With all things there are drawbacks, with this edition of the 306 I find myself being picky. The most annoying thing is lack of storage space. With all those air bags taking up the obvious places. The glove box is just about right, for gloves. The compartments on the doors are also reduced due to air bags so a few sweets and a few CD`s crammed in there. There is a pocket on the back of each front seat ideal for the odd road map or two, com ics for the kids. However if you need the road map on the move you will have to pull over unless you really are a contortionist. Overall this is a lovely car. Full of extras that give it the impression of a much more luxurious car. This Peugeot 306 Meridian 1.4cc 5dr in Provence Blue is well worth the prise tag. A final warning, don?t go out and buy a load of CD`s with your change from your 11grand as there is nowhere to put them.
We were looking for a new car earlier this year and had made a list of all the 'must have' modifications. We toured the garages looking at all the medium sized hatchbacks. We ended up at Regal Motors in Tipton from where we had hired Peugeot cars over a number of years. There she was - a Peugeot 306 Meridian. V reg (it was June 2000) but only 9 miles on the clock. She has 5 doors, twin air bags, ABS, sun roof, electric windows, central locking, and change from £10k !! We have been very impressed with the driving, she handles well, is very nippy especially when it matters most and extremely economical on petrol. The only thing we would have liked was a CD player and this particular model has a cassette player instead but we can live with that!
I had a Peugeot 306 Meridian until just recently when my husband got a job with a company car so my poor Peugeot got made redundant. But it was the best car that I have ever ridden in, or driven! It had all electrics and air conditioning, which was a life saver whilst I was pregnant. It was Provence Blue, a light metallic blue colour. It would do 48 miles to the gallon and it had a 1.4 litre engine. Considering it's engine size it was a very nippy car to drive. It didn't let me down once and was very cheap to insure. I would recommend the 306 to anyone as it is just the best car.
Hmm, the 306 is what can only be called a sensible car. It has reasonable room inside, it looks ok, it handles ok, the boot is a fair size, and the economy is fine. So whats wrong with it? I suppose the answer is nothing, and perhaps that's the problem. It does everything reasonably well except excite the owner! Its yet another Eurobland motor car that does what is says on the tin. A car is a big investment for most owners, and I would like to feel some pleasure in ownership, I would like to spot it easily in a car park, I would like it to do something other than being safe and boring.
The 306 has always impressed me as a good looking, value for money car. The value is increased at the moment with some retailers offering free insurance! To relatively young drivers this can resemble a sizeable cost saving. The ride is smooth as a result of the well engineered suspension. There are a number of engine sizes, but I would recommend the 1.6 meridian which retails around the 12k mark. Overall the performance on the 1.6 is good for a car of its size. The interiors are comfortable as standard and buying from such a large company will mean easy available spares. To conclude the car is a classy looking, nippy vehicle of good build quality and vale for money!