Used Peugeot 406 long-term review

Can you buy a decent used car for less than Β£500? We’re finding out by running a Peugeot 406, our Car of the Year in 1996

Words By Steve Huntingford

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Peugeot 406 long-term test
  • The car Peugeot 406 1.8 LX
  • Run by Used cars team
  • Why it’s here To find out whether bangernomics – the art of buying a banger to use every day – really does work
  • Needs to Prove the benefits – or pitfalls – of buying a used car for a bargain-basement price

Price when new Β£14,440 Price on arrival Β£450 Approx value now Β£500 Mileage on arrival 67,128 Mileage now 68,816 Test fuel economy na Official fuel economy 32.5mpg

15 March 2018 – fourth report

I've always found history fascinating, but I can't think of a single era that I would choose over the present day to live in. Sure, the past can look appealing at a glance, but a closer inspection inevitably reveals problems that are far greater than anything we have to deal with today. And, for me, it’s much the same story with cars.

Our Peugeot 406 is a real charmer if you take it for a night, thanks to its sharp looks and pillow-soft ride. But spend any longer with it and you start to become frustrated by the awful driving position, obstructive gearshift and the fact it’s about as well equipped as a medieval monastery.

Above all, though, it’s the safety – or rather the lack of it – that would put me off buying one to use as a daily driver. Put simply, if you have an accident, the 406 is not going to perform well. And you’re more likely to have an accident, simply because it takes so much longer to stop than a modern equivalent; we’re talking several car lengths if you hit the brakes at 60mph.

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