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Peugeot 206 CC 2.0 SE - 4,865 miles

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THE wonderful Indian summer we have been experiencing of late has been even more welcome as I have been driving our long-term Peugeot 206 CC 2.0 SE.

Almost every day for the last three weeks or so I have been able to drive with the roof down – even if I have needed the air conditioning on for a bit of extra warmth.

And the beauty of the 206 CC is that with having a hard top you don't suffer with the usual problems of poor ventilation, draughts and leaks associated with some soft-tops during the winter months.

The roof is quick and easy to operate so the eternal dilemma of whether to have the roof up or down at the start of a journey isn't such a problem.P> I agree with my colleague Jane Ward who said in an earlier report that the 206 CC has come to be regarded as a woman's car by some drivers. All I can say is good for the girls – it didn't suit the boys anyway! With its 2.0 136bhp engine, the 206 CC is guaranteed to put a smile on my face – especially when the sun is shining.

The only niggle I have with the car is that when the roof is down, great care is needed to avoid bumping your head on the acutely-curved A pillar as you get in and out.

Despite much of the boot being taken up by the roof when it is folded away, there is still enough space for a slim suitcase to be stowed and ample room for two more on the back seat.

There is also plenty of legroom for the driver and passenger, but if you attempt to transport anyone in the back of the car on a regular basis, then the 206 CC isn't ideal. Fuel consumption has remained steady at 32.9mpg – not the greatest of performers on our fleet but then this car isn't your average run-of-the-mill repmobile.

In fact the 206 CC is perfect for the user-chooser who is looking for something that offers fun motoring all year round. Unfortunately, the Peugeot has had to visit the dealer for a warranty job – in the 206's case for new suspension rear bushes which involved replacing the rear shock absorbers.

The job was carried out promptly by Hindmarch in Stamford.

Company car tax bill 2003/04 (22% tax-payer): £69 per month

CO2 emissions and fuel consumption data correct at time of writing. The latest figures are available in the Fleet News fuel cost calculator and the company car tax calculator.

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