Parkers overall rating: 2.5 out of 5 2.5

The saloon has a smaller range of engines than the hatch. 1.9 turbo-diesel is fun to drive, and a far better option than the old-school 1.9D, which is especially breathless in upper gear. d 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 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.