The Peugeot 206 Van is now out of production, as it was replaced by the newer 207 van in 2007. The model was sold between 2000 – 2006 and was based on the passenger version of the 206 model.
The vehicle was designed for light carrying duties and offered a fairly comfortable interior combined with a small cargo area that was able to soak load volumes of up to 1130 liters.
The Peugeot 206 Van was powered by an efficient diesel engine that was able to deal well with the needs of urban commercial transportation. The vehicle had a starting price of $15.500 and was offered with a standard warranty of two-years with unlimited-mileage.
The Peugeot 206 hatchback received a pretty smart design, so the van version looks fairly good too. The front had a sleek bonnet, traversed by two dynamic creases and was fitted with two small air intakes. The grille was thin and simple and was flanked by two dynamic looking headlights.
The overall appearance of the vehicle was more on the aerodynamic side of things, with a heavily raked windscreen and a sharp nose. The front bumper had a clean design with round edges and a curved central air intake which looked pretty nice and gave the vehicle a modern look.
Along the sides, the Peugeot 206 Van is fitted with protective mouldings, while at the back there are two horizontally placed taillights.
The vehicle is pretty practical featuring a load area length of 1280 mm with a load volume of 1130 liters. The super-mini van can tow a maximum payload of 525 kg. The cargo can be secured by means of four anchorage points, while a full size rear bulkhead is also available as standard.
Inside, the Peugeot 206 Van offers a decent amount space. The build quality is at par with its competitors and even if the materials aren’t exactly first class they can be considered decent. Despite its old age, the overall design looks pretty stylish and upmarket.
The dashboard has a pretty attractive wing style and there are also a few cubbyholes, cup holders and storage places to make your life on board easier. The center console is laid out in an intuitive way and every control is placed within easy reach.
The seats don’t offer lumbar adjustments, but they can be adjusted for height and back. The legroom however is a limited and the seats feel a bit cramped, being hard to find a comfortable driving position. At least the steering wheel can be adjusted for height, thus improving the overall comfort.
The road visibility is at par with what you’ll usually find in this segment, which means there aren’t any significant complains about it. The door windows are also pretty big, while the exterior mirrors have a proper size and won’t disappoint you either.
The Peugeot 206 Van was pretty well equipped with features like electric windows, CD player and follow-me-home headlights. Optional extras included air conditioner and a Telematics system with satellite navigation and mobile phone functions.
The 206 Van was pretty well represented in the safety department too, being offered with a standard driver’s airbag, ABS brakes, remote central locking and engine impobiliser. Though, you’d had to pay extra money for front passenger airbag and alarm.
Engines and performance
Initially, the Peugeot 206 Van was launched with a 1.9 liter diesel unit that was replaced by a more performant 1.4 HDi engine in 2002. The new diesel engine offered with up 15 percent more torque (160 Nm @ 2500 rpm) and was also more refined and efficient than its predecessor.
The 1.4 HDI came with 68 hp in tap and offered a decent drive around the city. The initial response from the go pedal isn’t as brisk as other units in this class, but it will manage to build power pretty fast and can cruise all day long at three digit speeds without feeling overly stressed. Though, after 120 kmph things will start to get a bit noisy inside the cab.
The vehicle was able to hit the 100 kmph mark in 15 seconds while the top speed was rated at 165 kmph, these performances being at par with what you’d usually get in this segment.
Peugeot 206 Van Engines Specifications
|Engine||hp @ rpm||nm @ rpm|
|1.4 HDi||68 @ 4000||160 @ 2500|
Ride and handling
The Van version of the 206 model received a stiffer suspension than the passenger car. This means that it won’t offer the same ride quality found at its sibling, but it’s not too far from it either. On the other hand the road stability is better and the van stays well planted on its wheels, permitting you attack corners with confidence. The body roll is also pretty small and the overall road manners are decent.
The steering is light and responsive helping you to deal well with the narrow city streets. It has also a pretty decent road feedback, but isn’t the most engaging steering you’ll find around.
The stopping power isn’t the best in the business, but at least ABS brakes are offered as standard equipment.
The old Peugeot 206 Van receives strong marks in the comfort and handling departments, while the diesel engine is also pretty capable dealing wheel with the light commercial duties of the vehicle. The compact exterior dimensions also work in its favor and make it a pretty agile vehicle.
The load area was at par with competition and the vehicle offered a good mix between drivability, utility and efficiency. On the other hand it was slightly more expensive than some of its rivals but luckily, the overall costs of ownership won’t leave you broke.