What Car? says

3 out of 5 stars

For The 406 has a beautifully smooth ride and a well equipped cabin. It's cheap and the diesel engines are good

Against There are some reliability worries, no hatchback version and it's heavy, so smaller engines struggle

Verdict It's a big, cheap, smooth-riding cruiser, but newer rivals are better in many respects

Go for… 2.0 HDi 110 LX

Avoid… 3.0 V6 Executive

Peugeot 406 Saloon
  • 1. Plenty of cars suffer coolant leaks and blocked radiators
  • 2. Air-con systems can play up, particularly if left switched off over the winter
  • 3. There are many reports of indicator stalk failure on post-2001 models
  • 4. There's plenty of room up front, but taller passengers may find the rear a bit cramped
  • 5. Brake discs can warp, and replacements are expensive
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