Despite the large amount of criticism this little car has received, to our minds the Peugeot 206 Coupé Cabriolet with its folding metal roof is by far the best of the range and when it was launched in 2001 it set new standards in small car innovation. It had a huge credibility as a city car and although it might now be a little clichéd this is only because so many other car manufacturers were sufficiently inspired by it to create their own cover versions. Make no mistake; in cities around the country the 206 Coupé Cabriolet was a seriously cool car.
The trouble with cool is that cool can quickly become cliché as happened here. However if you are happy (or at least willing) to be seen in one, then there are many great examples on the used car market. When looking to buy a used car, this model you can pick up for very little cash and which still perform well.
The engine to look out for is the 2.0 litre petrol unit which delivers 138 bhp and which will provide a 0 to 62 mph acceleration time of 8.6 seconds. The alternative 110 bhp 1.6 litre is a little underpowered as the Coupé Cabriolet is somewhat heavier than the standard hatchback. There is also a diesel engine, the 1.6 HDi, and although it is not as fast as the petrol engine it has oodles of low-down torque which can be very useful in town.
The performance of the car is adequate and it handles OK if not exactly sportily. Bear in mind that this is a car for having fun in. There is virtually no room in the rear and with the roof down there is very little boot space either. The driving position could also be better. With the roof up it is also quite difficult to see out. But does this matter? The Peugeot 206 Coupé Cabriolet set new dimensions in small car motoring.