The Peugeot 106 was first released in the early 90s as a development of the Citroen AX. As such, the 106 shares many similar elements to the Saxo. In general, this early model has delivered top-notch refinement and ride, solid construction, an impressive fuel economy, and ultimately, a memorable and satisfying ride for the driver. Plus the Peugeot 106 comes at very reasonable prices, placing it at the top spot of the used supermini models.
The Peugeot 106 offers a diverse engine selection. There’s the frugal 1.0-litre, the faster 1.6-litre at 16v, and the 1.1- and 1.4-litre petrol units. The petrol units are come highly recommended for their reliability, fuel economy, and performance. But the 1.6 16V GTi stands out as the fastest unit of them all, able to sprint from zero to 60mph in just 8.4 seconds. This time is a good 10 seconds faster than the slower 1.0-litre start up unit. If you have the budget and drive for such speed, then the 1.6 16V GTi is the smarter investment within the engine range.
Safety is guaranteed through the Peugeot 106’s standard-fit driver’s airbag and its stronger bodyshell. Opt for the post-1996 models that come with the immobilizer upgrade. Since this is an older model, it’s best to opt for the latest upgrades as the older ones tend to have weak locks. Reliability is generally delivered and guaranteed but like any other purchase, it’s best to stay away from the older models that tend to execute more of their age. It’s best to look through your car dealer’s service history so that you are aware of the model’s common problems and the kind of insurance you’ll have to invest in to assure this purchase. Second hand purchases are best dealt with by an open communication and test run through the seller.
The cabin area has adequate space but legroom is limited for taller and larger individuals. Expect three taller than average individuals to be uncomfortable when seated out back; it will also be a challenge for them to get in and out of the car. Boot space isn’t as limited, but the capacity is not large enough to accommodate the luggage of three vacationers out for the weekend. But you can split-fold the rear seats for more space. A cubby-hole/cupholder is also in place for extra storage.
Drivers won’t be too happy about their position behind the wheel. The cabin look itself is dated and lags years behind the more forward competitors. Finding a comfortable driving position can also be a challenge, as the pedals are positioned too close together. Plus their locations are offset and tend to become a distraction before your feet finally get used to their odd design. But save for these minor inconveniences, you won’t have any problems driving the 106 around town or within the city.
The Peugeot 106 is a classic car that assures passengers and drivers a stable ride, a powerful engine, and adequate capacity. If you are an individual living alone and on a tight budget, the Peugeot 106 is a smart purchase for the long run.
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