Car of 1993: Peu­geot 306

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - The Way We Were -

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.

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