The 206 proved a big hit due to its stylish little shape. It’s starting to show its age in some respects though, especially compared with the newer 207 and even fresher 208.
Its successors blow it away in terms of build quality. Once you’ve sat in a Peugeot 206 and then in a 207 or 208, the difference is unbelievable.
The poky rear and lack of finesse, as well as the “elephant-hide” scratchy plastics on the 206’s dash, don’t help matters. That said, the Peugeot 206 continues to be a good secondhand buy if you’re on a tight budget.
Indeed, it makes a great first car because it’s inexpensive to run, mechanically reliable and the overall shape still looks good even after 17 years.