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Peugeot 406 Coupe (96 - 04) review

(1996 - 2004)
Peugeot 406 Coupe (96 - 04)
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Which used Peugeot 406 coupe should I buy?

The 3.0-litre V6 is the wise choice - there's little point in the 2.0-litre petrol, which is pretty gutless.

However, if you want to keep costs down, you might opt for the 2.2-litre diesel, although it wasn't available throughout the car's life. It has just enough grunt to keep you amused, although it's not fantastic in town. Like every model in the range, it works best when stretching its legs on an open road.

Overall, it pays to buy the newest model you can. The car was introduced in 1997 with the 2.0-litre and 3.0-litre petrol engines, and had a miled face-lift in 1999, when the 3.0-litre got more power - up from 194bhp to 210bhp.

In 2000 ABS was fitted as standard - a good thing for a car with this much power, and ESP was added to the 3.0 V6. Sat-nav was introduced as standard on 2.0SE model and then in June 2002 the 2.2 diesel arrived.

Later, the black and silver 'specials' were introduced which included half-leather trim, 16-inch alloy wheels and an uprated stereo system.

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Which used Peugeot 406 coupe should I buy?

The 3.0-litre V6 is the wise choice - there's little point in the 2.0-litre petrol, which is pretty gutless.

However, if you want to keep costs down, you might opt for the 2.2-litre diesel, although it wasn't available throughout the car's life. It has just enough grunt to keep you amused, although it's not fantastic in town. Like every model in the range, it works best when stretching its legs on an open road.

Overall, it pays to buy the newest model you can. The car was introduced in 1997 with the 2.0-litre and 3.0-litre petrol engines, and had a miled face-lift in 1999, when the 3.0-litre got more power - up from 194bhp to 210bhp.

In 2000 ABS was fitted as standard - a good thing for a car with this much power, and ESP was added to the 3.0 V6. Sat-nav was introduced as standard on 2.0SE model and then in June 2002 the 2.2 diesel arrived.

Later, the black and silver 'specials' were introduced which included half-leather trim, 16-inch alloy wheels and an uprated stereo system.

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