Peugeot 406 HDi Car Review | Auto Trader

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Peugeot 406

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Auto Trader Ten Point rating: 82%

Five years it was replaced by the 407, Peugeot’s 406 has much to offer.

From looks and affordable used to lashings of standard equipment and of practicality, the 406 has still got what it to provide stylish family

1: Looks 10/10

You don’t to look far to find family that look desperately but this isn’t one of them. the 406 is perhaps the best-looking family car of the decade – especially in facelifted The Peugeot corporate nose superbly on the 406, and in profile the waist line gives the car a presence without being

While the saloon looks and the estate even better, one of the beautiful car designs of recent must be the 406 coupé. This two-door is a true masterpiece looks highly desirable any angle; it’s just a that Peugeot never an open-topped edition.

2: Looks inside 8/10

The age and of the 406 makes quite a difference as far as the is concerned. Some early cars look pretty while later high-spec appear to come from planet, as they’re more trimmed, more heavily with toys and there’s a expensive air as a result.

While the looks a little dated the overall design is still and the ergonomics are spot on too. as importantly, the quality of the materials is as is the fit and finish – perhaps surprisingly so.

3: 10/10

You wouldn’t buy a 406 coupé for the if offers; it’s awkward to the rear seats and the boot can just 391 litres. The saloon is better in both respects as it has doors and can accommodate 473 litres in the

It’s the 406 estate though offers the greatest level of as its load bay can swallow a useful litres – which puts it of most rivals. What’s there was also a ‘Family’ offered for 406 estate buyers, offered seven seats of the usual five. Even all 406s offer decent of head and leg room for four – or five (apart from the coupé) if you all get along well.

4: Ride and Handling 9/10

is another ace up the 406’s sleeve, as has long offered cars are great to drive. With a long wheelbase and the suspension just right, the 406 offers and predictable (rather than engaging) handling. What’s impressive though is the ride; as comfortable as this usually at each corner like a in a gale, but not here.

5: Performance

If you’re a speed demon and care about the fuel you could buy a 406 that’ll do 144mph 0-60mph in little more eight seconds. However, the 3.0 V6 offers these figures drinks unleaded at the rate of officially – expect closer to in the real world.

That’s why you’re better off for a turbodiesel, which accounted for of the 406’s sales mix. the basic 90bhp 2.0HDi can 112mph and 0-60mph in 14.5 (it feels quicker though), but opt for the 2.0HDi and you’ll get more as well as greater economy – and 0-60mph in 12.5 seconds.

get too hung up on the figures though; the 2.0HDi 110 is fast enough in the world, it’s the way it does it so appealing. With relaxed gearing in top, you can sit at high all day and get out feeling fresh, thanks to levels of refinement.

6: Running 7/10

Unless you track one of the ultra-rare 3.0 V6 petrol models, you have to put too much fuel any 406. The 2.0HDi tested is the easiest edition to track as it’s the most plentiful, and in the world it’s also the to live with. With a fuel consumption figure of it’s pretty frugal; the doesn’t really offer more in the real world but its economy figure is just

Other running costs are manageable, as the turbodiesel 406 needs every two years or 12,000 – petrol cars will go for two or 20,000 miles between Watch out for potentially steep though; the 110bhp 2.0HDi in groups 12 or 14 depending on the trim which is quite high for a family car.

Peugeot 406

7: Reliability

The 406 has proven to generally be better than many of Peugeot’s models, but that’s not saying as there are still a wide of problems that can crop up. them are radiators which rot and leak, while handbrakes can rear brake discs can or warp and front coil can break.

As if this isn’t the 2.1TD engine is expensive to on and those same models can be by failed starter motors and Whatever the edition you’re at you need to check the electrics, can be temperamental. Also, anti-roll bar wear, air-con can stop and indicator stalks can break, the brake servo assistance can

To top it all, rough running and spots can crop up, pointing to an ECU update being needed.

8: 7/10

Once again the 406 well here – at least you bear in mind this is a car first saw the light of day in 1995. a three-star EuroNCAP crash score, the 406 will look you reasonably well should the happen, but it also comes a fair bit of safety kit too.

Buy a 406 and you’ll get anti-lock brakes, passenger and side airbags, seatbelts all round plus a wheel that’s adjustable for reach and rake. Top-spec also get traction control, but look in vain for ESP.

9: 9/10

You can always count on to load its cars up with and it’s no different here. the entry-level facelifted cars get central locking, electric in the front, a CD player and air conditioning. up just one level (to the LX) and you also get windows for the rear and climate while higher-spec 406s have alloy wheels, a CD sat-nav, an electric sunroof and leather trim.

10: X-Factor 8/10

The 406 may have around a long time, but are still plenty of good to buy one. Whether you want a coupé, practical estate or a family saloon, the 406 can deliver. better, you can choose performance between mild and (reasonably) while there are also of high-spec cars around.

need to make sure not buying a car that’s riddled faults though – especially ones that can’t be But find a dependable 406 and you’ll capable transport for a ridiculously amount of cash.

Key facts

tested: Peugeot 406 2.0HDi 110 GLX

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