Car of 1993: Peugeot 306
Peugeot was on a roll when it launched the 306 – and it knew who to credit. In its 1993 adverts for the 309’s replacement it lauded its engineers for creating what it called ‘integrated chassis design’, but in plain English it translated into a family hatchback that mimicked the delicate handling that had made the 205 such a hit a decade earlier.
Despite a mixed review on Top Gear by a youthful Jeremy Clarkson – which he admitted years later getting ‘morally wrong’ after warming to it once filming had finished – it generally earned plenty of praise from the UK market.
It was more than two decades later before I fell for its charms. Long after the 306 had fallen into bargain basement territory I bought an 1.9 XUD as an everyday hack to do all the jobs my classics shouldn’t – but I’ve been wooed by its handling and restrained good looks. It’s definitely the unsung hero of the Simister fleet.