SOME cars stand the test of time well; some don't. And for the third year running, you told us the Peugeot 106 is in the latter category.
Launched in 1992 as a loose replacement for the 205, it was a popular option for those looking for an easy going urban runabout.
But Peugeot had backed the wrong horse. Having developed the supermini class into a lucrative sector with the 205, bosses decided to make a smaller, cheaper model, that would, in theory, draw in even more buyers.
Things went to plan in the first few years, until the likes of Renault and Vauxhall brought out bigger, better offerings with the Clio and the Corsa. The 106 suddenly looked too slow, small and uncomfortable. By the turn of the millenium, however, Peugeot had addressed a good number of the 106's problems. The flagship GTI gave the range a welcome shot of excitement, but the rest of the line-up, including an archaic 1.5 non-turbo diesel and a wheezy 1.1-litre petrol engines, was as flat-footed as ever.
The baby Peugeot also came bottom of our survey for ease of driving. THe drivetrain and steering, especially at low speeds, were the worst offenders. Many owners complained of poor clutches and uncomfortable seats, too. Let's hope its replacement, the long-overdue 107, will restore the firm's credibility in the small-car market.