Advantages more space than a standard 206, looks
Disadvantages spare wheel, noise from rear windows, inconsistent pefrormance
This is the second 206 SW we have had since new, and the third 206 in total. This was my partners choice of car as I was mainly on the motorbike and she would be using it the most.
With the arrival of our child the standard 206 wasn't quite big enough for the luggage, so we went for the SW version (1.4 engine). Despite what the press say, the boot is alot bigger than the standard 206. there is no parcel shelf to remove, just a retractable blind which draws across the boot space if you don't fill it to the roof.
Driving the car is pretty much as a standard 206, the handling is nice and neutral and manoevuring into tight spaces is suprisingly easy.The 206 SW is due to be replaced by the new 207 SW, which like the stndard 207 over the 206 is bigger all round. Seems that this is the general trend with motor manufacturers. New models are always larger, have bigger engines, more power and as the model keeps growing physically in size, somewhere along the line, a different model comes out to fill the gap (- if you pardon the slight pun).engine performance on the 2nd SW seems down on the first, wether the engine has been slightly tuned or with the extra weight of the air conditioning unit (which shouldnt be that much surely). The newer car has less grunt at the bottom end, and this doesnt translate into a rush of power further up the rev range.
All 3 206's have been reliable and the SW's have never let us down. The original 206 brakes did need servicing within about 18 months of owning the car as they were begining to seize.
As this is the 3rd though, the other two were traded in when they became 3 years old. We never had to change the standard tyres on either before selling.
Edit 15 March 2007
As for the engine power issue, Im not so sure its the power thats lower, I now wonder if the gearing ratios have been altered slightly as there seems an awful big gap between 1st and 2nd gear. This isnt too much of a problem as 3rd gear onwards seem ok. but it does mean the car bogs down slightly when going into 2nd gear, especially when going up a steep hill from a low speed or standstill.
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