Z , Peugeot was not the inventor of the retractable steel roof, but that 401 Coupé Transformable from 1935 is considered to be the first representative of the folding roof faction with an electrically controlled convertible top mechanism in automobile history. The Peugeot 206 CC continued this tradition from 2000. The initiator of the new French wave comes from Germany.
Mercedes SLK designer draws the Peugeot 206 CC
As early as 1996, Mercedes-Benz caused a sensation with the SLK. The small, agile brother of the SL impresses with a new-looking steel folding roof instead of the fabric top that is common in all other convertibles. The designer Murat Günak was jointly responsible for the design of the Mercedes two-seater. He later worked for Peugeot, where he was responsible for the outlines of the hatchback sedan 206 and then also the Peugeot 206 CC.
The idea of the roof structure of the Peugeot 206 CC, which combines the advantages of an elegant, sporty coupé of a convertible, he took over: This made Peugeot the first to offer such a car in the small car segment. The additional designation of the model 'CC' for Coupé Cabriolet even developed into a generic term for such cars.
The top technology was developed by the French body construction specialist Heuliez for Peugeot. The Peugeot 206 CC was built from 2000 in the French plants in Poissy near Paris and Mulhouse in Alsace. The CC caused a boom, in the first few years Peugeot conquered the top of convertible registrations in Germany with the successor to the 205 Cabriolet, which was discontinued in 1996.
Up to 12 months delivery time
In addition to two petrol engines with 109 and 136 hp, the French also offered a version of the Peugeot 206 CC with its 109 hp diesel engine. Peugeot hit convertible fans right in the heart: Those who fell in love with the little lion had to accept delivery times of up to a year.
2003 was followed by a slight facelift, in which the bumper and side moldings were in Body color were painted. However, nothing has changed in the basic concept of the Peugeot 206 CC, which for all its advantages also includes significant disadvantages. The space in the interior is tight and the space in the rear is by no means suitable for adults.
When the roof is folded in, it shrinks at 410 liters, which is acceptable for a small carsized trunk to narrow 150 liters. Otherwise, the Peugeot 206 CC, which was one of the most affordable plein air mobiles at the time, is a fully everyday car. When it comes to motorization, the basic version with the 109 hp four-cylinder petrol engine with a displacement of 1.6 liters is completely sufficient.
Peugeot 206 CC top version with 136 hp
Sporty drivers will be toying with the more powerful two-liter version of the Peugeot 206 CC with 136 hp. However, this engine did not get off so well with the testers of auto, motor und sport. By today's standards, the engine consumes 9.1 liters of test fuel per 100 kilometers. In addition, the engine becomes very loud at high speeds, and drive influences on the steering are also disruptive.
In addition, the clumsy five-speed gearbox of this powerful Peugeot 206 CC variant was particularly noticeable. But it was already chalked up in the basic version. The most unpleasant thing, however, is a bad nature of the chassis: the 206 tends to oversteer suddenly when the load changes. This spoils the sunny mood in the 206 CC.
With the Peugeot 206 CC, which now have arrived in the crisp youngtimer age, another character trait is important. The workmanship leaves a lot to be desired: The model we drive with leather upholstery, which cost 2,500 euros extra when the model was launched, tears the material on the outer edges of the dashboard in the entry area. In addition, the testers from auto, motor und sport complained from the start of the creaking and rattling noises when driving over bumps.
Anyone who has fallen in love with the cuddly shape and the pleasantly modest appearance of the Peugeot 206 CC and its suitability for everyday use as a two-man vehicle, wipes the trendsetter's weaknesses off the table: with a casual 'You're just jealous', the CC enthusiast gets into the Peugeot, opens the roof at the push of a button and simply drives away - without looking in the rearview mirror.
This is how much a Peugeot 206 CC costs
The price range for the Peugeot 206 CC is very wide: The car built up to 2007 costs around 5,600 euros in condition 2 with little mileage. The top model with the 136 hp four-cylinder is slightly more expensive than the basic petrol engine, as is the much rarer diesel with 109 hp. You can get moderate copies of the Peugeot 206 CC for around 1,500 euros, but you should also ensure that the technology, roof mechanics and electrics are in good condition. For around 3,000 to 4,000 euros there are cars suitable for everyday use with the potential for a few more carefree summers.