Old Gold Top Gear: Peugeot 106

I’m really not sure I remember the launch of the Peugeot 106. It obviously happened – there’s 108,000 of the things on Britain’s roads – so that’s evidence enough that Peugeot’s ‘this is not a replacement for the 205’ supermini did arrive at some time or another.

The Peugeot 106 actually arrived in 1991, less than a year before I started driving. I was still at college, spending most of my days trying to catch the eye of Juliet in the breakout area. But aside from a few delightful smiles, I never got anywhere with Juliet. So I remained locked in my own world – enjoying Bryan Adams’ Waking up the Neighbours on my Sony Walkman – and failing to notice the Peugeot 106 had arrived in Britain.

Peugeot 106 XT

Chris Goffey had no such problems. As far as I’m aware, he’s not particularly fond of Bryan Adams and he didn’t have a thing for Juliet from Lymington. But he did review the Peugeot 106 for Top Gear.

It’s another Chris Goffey classic which once again sees him in fashionable knitwear as we join him in the aisles of Sainsbury’s as he does his weekly shop. At first it’s as though we’re about to witness Top Gear’s first ever shopping trolley review, but soon our attentions are drawn to a brand spanking new Peugeot 106 XR.

The reason for his visit to Sainsbury’s? To make a massively stereotypical comment about women and shopping. Turns out Peugeot expected 65% of 106 owners to be women, so where better to make this point than at a supermarket? Classic.

He then proceeds to slam the trolley into the side of the Peugeot 106. Nice work.

It’s a neat little introduction to the Peugeot 106, helped along by some wonderful tunage from the Queen/David Bowie back catalogue. Also look out for the bit where Chris fills up with fuel. Note the price per litre when he starts to fill up, which has mysteriously risen by 2p a litre by the time he finishes. If you thought the cost of fuel rose quickly in 2013, it’s obviously nothing compared to what we had to endure in 1991.

Having said that, filling up at less than 50p per litre would be most welcome.

But enough waffle – enjoy the sight of Chris Goffey getting troyelled in Sainsbury’s. Good work, Chris. To hell with girl power. Allegedly. Possibly. Cor, is that the time? Must dash.

Peugeot 106 XSi

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Gavin Big-Surname
The chief waffler and founder of PetrolBlog in 2010. Has a rather unhealthy obsession with cars from the 80s and 90s, and is on a one-man mission to collect the cars nobody else wants. Also likes tea and Hobnobs.


  1. June 12, 2013

    Brilliant! Rather wonderfully dated ha.

    Did enjoy seeing all those shiny Rovers driving around, particularly the white R8 200 and XX 800, those were the days…

    • June 16, 2013
      Gavin Braithwaite-Smith

      The good old days!

  2. August 16, 2013
    Nigel Canham

    Great site but please could you make the text darker? My old eyes are struggling to read pale grey on white. Thanks

    • August 17, 2013
      Gavin Braithwaite-Smith

      Hi Nigel. Yes, that’s on the list of things to fix following the redesign. Leave it with me.

      And thanks for the positive comment!


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