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Peugeot 306 Estate engines, drive and performance

1997 - 2002 (change model)
Performance rating: 4 out of 54.0

Written by Parkers Published: 6 June 2019 Updated: 6 June 2019

All units are fairly lively and refined – even the diesels. 1.4 and 1.9D can be a bit breathless in upper gear, but the 1.6 (in 90 and 100bhp forms) and 1.8 offer good performance for only a small drop in economy. The lively 1.9 turbo-diesel is fun to drive, while the 2.0 HDi, offered towards the end of 306’s life, offers up to 54.3 mpg – 11.5 mpg better than the 1.9.

The sports choice is the 2.0 in either 8v or 16v forms. Both are quick enough to satisfy enthusiastic drivers. GTi-6 was the first mainstream car with a six-speed gearbox and comes pretty close to real hot-hatch territory.

The 306 has a light chassis and offers a superb drive. There’s an outstanding level of grip and good body control. Cornering is quite flat and the ride is smooth. Precise steering and effective brakes inspire confidence. A good drive and one that’s not matched by the latter 307.