What Car? says

3 out of 5 stars

For It's refined, has composed handling, excellent diesels and decent load space

Against The driver's seat lacks support, and room for passengers in the back is restricted

Verdict The 406 is a competent, comfortable load-hauler. It's cheap, has a lovely ride and is widely available, too

Go for… 2.0 or 2.2 HDi

Avoid… 1.8 or 3.0 V6 petrol

Peugeot 406 Estate
  • 1. The load bay has masses of space, and the rear seat splits and folds for added versatility
  • 2. Pay particular attention to the central locking (sometimes the boot won't lock) and the indicator stalks
  • 3. Plenty of cars suffer coolant leaks and blocked radiators
  • 4. Air-con systems can play up, particularly if left switched off over the winter
  • 5. Brake discs can warp, and replacements are expensive
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