The Peugeot 306 was introduced in the UK in 1993 and production ended in 2001 with the last models sold in 2002. The original range consisted of a choice of 1.8, 1.6 and 1.4 petrol units. 1.9 litre turbocharged and normally aspirated diesel options were released soon after the initial launch.
In early 1994, Peugeot added three-door models to the range as well as the XSi and S16 2.0 litre petrol versions. Later in the year, the cabriolet arrived as well as the Sedan, a four-door saloon. The S16 was discontinued and replaced with the GTi-6.
1997 saw the range undergo a major facelift and power steering was made standard on all models. A 1.8 litre 16V 112bhp engine was added to the range, as was a range of estate cars. In 1998, ABS became standard across the range. Anti-lock brakes and front airbags were made standard in 1999 and at the same time a 90bhp HDi unit replaced the 1.9 turbo diesel. 2001 saw the range significantly reduced and by 2002, only the estate models were available.
Bang for your buck
The used Peugeot 306 is one of the best five-door family cars ever made. It is a better drive than many more recent designs and its later versions have an excellent build quality. Generally, insurance costs are relatively low compared to the 306's main rivals.
What you'll pay
Post-facelift used 306 models (April 1997 onwards) kick off at around £1250 for a 1.4 litre three-door model. The rarer 1.6 LX saloons start at about £1300 and the LX estate at around £1800. Face lifted convertibles are available from £2800 on a T-plate and the occasional roadster, complete with hard top, comes to market for around £2500.
A multitude of special editions were released over the years, two of which, the Meridian and the Vivant (which was supplied with air conditioning) stand out from the crowd and command a small price premium.
What to check
Try to buy the most recent car that your budget will allow because standard equipment got better and better as time went on. For example, a driver's airbag was made standard in 1994 and many models released after 1997 have air con instead of a sunroof.
Repairs can be expensive with a used Peugeot 306 for sale so try to avoid examples with very high mileage. Models built prior to 1994 are known to blow out blue oil smoke so look out for this and should you find it, avoid buying at all costs.
Also check for uneven tyre wear, coolant leaks and electrical faults. Make sure that earlier cars are fitted with power steering and look out for heavy clutches.
If you get the chance, go for the 306 GLX or XT models as these had a host of extra features included as standard such as deadlocks for increased security and rear electric windows.
Replacement parts are relatively expensive for second hand Peugeot 306 cars for sale. For example, brake pads are about £62 for a set and a new headlamp will set you back around £90. A clutch is £225, a replacement exhaust system £550 (with catalyst) and a new radiator is £135. An alternator is about £200 and a starter motor £185.
These prices are based on a 1994 306 XSi but prices should be broadly similar across the range.
How it drives
All Peugeot 306 cars for sale are rapid. The 1.6 petrol unit will reach sixty in 12.9 seconds on its way to 111mph. Its fuel consumption is a reasonable 50mpg at a constant 56mph and just over 30mpg in town. But these statistics don't do justice to the 306's mid-range power which is where it counts.
The driving position is pretty much perfect, the steering wheel and pedals are exactly where they should be. The seats in the 306 are also excellent, providing grip around tight corners and support on those long hauls. There are a number of nice touches in the cabin such as the facia-top locker. The gearbox is not the best in the world and the finish of the paint could also be better but overall, it is hard to find a fault with this excellent family car.
Overall, the approved used Peugeot 306 for sale range consists of estate, saloon and hatchback family cars that drive well and have power where it counts. If you are looking for a reliable and affordable family option with a little bit of poke, you could do a lot worse than explore the Peugeot 306.