Peugeot 206cc. Open Cruising With a Little French Flair

By: Kerry Plowright

The French have long been regarded as the leaders in style, and this reputation is well justified in the Peugeot 206cc (coupe cabriolet).

The Peugeot 206cc is virtually two cars in one. In the winter or the rain it is a cosy European hardtop that is guaranteed to keep the wet weather and bitter cold out. When the clouds and cold air give way to sunshine and warm breezes, then it becomes a stylish, open cabriolet, perfect for driving down to the beach, or to your favourite cafe for brunch.

The Peugeot 206cc offers a 1.6 litre engine and a 2.0 litre engine model. The 1.6 litre in the base model lacks power, so if you're looking for a good used one owner Peugeot 206cc, then it will be definitely worth your while going for the 2.0 litre model, which offers a far more responsive drive. The 2.0 litre model comes in a 5 speed manual only while the 1.6 litre is available in both 5 speed manual or automatic tiptronic versions.

The folding metal roof of the Peugeot 206cc makes this car much more versatile than other soft tops as it is a true hardtop with the roof up. When the roof is down, you'll feel the exhilaration of true open car driving but one thing you will have to take into account is that the car loses some of its rigidity when the metal roof is folded down. So, be prepared for a drop in handling ability when you're enjoying the fresh air with the roof hidden in the boot. For driving about town and in the traffic, this loss of handling ability will probably not matter much however out on the open winding road, you will have to be more careful in the way that you drive the car.

On the inside, you'll be kept comfortable with the climate control air conditioning, remote control CD audio system, power windows and power mirrors. For the safety conscious, the Peugeot 206cc comes with ABS, Electronic Brake Force Distribution and Emergency Brake Assist. There's also four airbags to protect both driver and passenger in the event of a collision.

The Peugeot 206cc has been available in Australia since 2002 so there should be some good quality used vehicles available. As mentioned, try to go for the 2.0 litre if you can as the 1.6 litre is a little too slow and will not be as desirable for others when it comes time for you to upgrade. If you want a smart little car that provides fun, open air driving in the summer, combined with the extra safety and cosiness offered by a hardtop, then a Peugeot 206cc may be worth a look.

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