What's the used Peugeot 406 like?
In the mid-1990s, the Peugeot 406 estate was reckoned to give near-executive car levels of refinement. Other family estates have since caught up but, for the money, it remains an impressively comfortable long-haul motorway-mile cruncher.
While it won't reward you like a Mondeo on a back road, it's unruffled over bad surfaces and gives a very composed drive. The four-cylinder petrol engines are pretty gutless, but the diesels are smooth, strong and relaxed. The gearboxes are slick, too.
Inside, it has all the necessities, but the dashboard has a tired, 1990s look to it. Still, it's clear and simple to use and front passengers have enough room to get comfortable.
It's not as roomy in the back as some rivals, but the load bay has masses of space and the rear seat splits and folds for added versatility.
Check you're happy with the driver's seat before you commit. Some find it too unsupportive.