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Peugeot 106 (1991 - 2002)

Last updated 24 May 2019

Tidy drive with very good handling. Inexpensive to buy and run.
Offset driving position and narrow driver's footwell. Criticised by owners in satisfaction surveys.

All handle well. Stronger (and actually heavier) than bigger 205. Revised and facelifted range from June 1996 includes hot 120 bhp GTi 16v generally reckoned to handle better than equivalent Saxo....

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Launched in September 1991, the Peugeot 106 was the French car maker's entry-level model. Initially only sold as a three-door hatchback, a five-door joined the range in the following year.

Based on the Citroen AX, it was revised and aimed squarely at the Renault Clio. Trim levels started at the basix XN, and included the mid-range XR, top-spec XT, and the sport XSi (with a top speed of nearly 120mph).

Initially, two engines were available - a 1.0-litre and 1.1-litre petrol, both used carburettors. But fuel-injected engines followed in 1992.

In 1994, the Rallye version went on sale, powered by a 100PS 1.3-litre engine, while a GTi version replaced the XSi in 1996. There was even an electric version launched in 1995.

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