What's the used Peugeot 406 like?
The Peugeot 406 Coupe is a breath of fresh air. To make it, the standard 406 got a makeover from Italian designers Pininfarina and the results were largely successful. It doesn't quite have the charisma of, say a Fiat Coupe, but its clean lines are tasteful and sleek.
Once inside, though, the deisgn is disappointing. The seating is uncomfortable, the switchgear looks cheap and the dashboard is plasticky. The control stalks are spindly, too, and only the chrome surrounds on the dials point to something other than a normal mass-produced saloon.
At least, there's plenty of headroom, and you can seat two in the back with few dramas. It has a sizeable boot, too.
Once you turn the key, things get better. A satisfying, yet friendly thrum at low revs turns into a healthy growl once you get over 4000 revs. The handling is positive and there's plenty of grip around demanding corners, while the smooth suspension easily absorbs lumps and bumps.