Peugeot seems to have got its mojo back with the introduction the 208 GTi.

Until recently, you bought a Pug because the diesel engine did 50mpg, the boot swallowed a house and you were most likely a minicab driver.

Anyhow, as the latest hot hatch shows, there is more to Peugeots than that. Here are a few of my favourites.

Peugeot 1007

A bizarre, sliding-door oddity that is easy to get in and out of, so it's perfect for town-bound pensioners. But it is also a great town-centre assault vehicle for the rest of us.

Peugeot 206CC

Without a doubt the most practical and useful of the truly affordable coupe-convertibles on the market. Not only that, but you can improve on the 1.6’s already decent 40mpg by buying yourself a 1.6 HDi diesel that should return around 57mpg. It is very easy to live with and drive, and you can go from ‘full roof’ to ‘no roof’ in the blink of an eye.

Peugeot 406 Coupé V6

Beauty and economy – you can have it all with this lovely-looking coupe designed by Pininfarina, the Italian design house that usually does Ferraris. The brilliant Peugeot HDi diesel engine delivers around 50mpg. However, we would go for the sexy V6 version, which is even cheaper.