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Peugeot 406 Estate (96 - 04) review

(1996 - 2004)
Peugeot 406 Estate (96 - 04)
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Which used Peugeot 406 estate should I buy?

A diesel - it has to be. And preferably the revised model that arrived in March 1999. The changes were largely cosmetic, but it also brought more kit and the better HDi diesel engines.

The diesels will set you back more than the petrols to buy, but they're worth it. They bring willing, low-down pull and smooth cruising mixed with excellent fuel economy. Our choice would be the 110bhp 2.0 HDi, but the 2.2-litre unit is excellent, too.

The four-cylinder petrols (1.8-, 2.0- and 2.2-litres) all sound strained, and even the 2.0-litre has to work hard to give decent pull in everyday driving.

The 3.0-litre V6 is a smooth, quick motor, but the running costs make it unsuitable for most people.

LX trim is the most widely available model and it's good enough for us. GLX brings more creature comforts and Executive ramps it up to leather-trimmed bells and whistles. Cars badged 'Family' are seven-seaters, with a useful pair of occasional seats in the boot.

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Which used Peugeot 406 estate should I buy?

A diesel - it has to be. And preferably the revised model that arrived in March 1999. The changes were largely cosmetic, but it also brought more kit and the better HDi diesel engines.

The diesels will set you back more than the petrols to buy, but they're worth it. They bring willing, low-down pull and smooth cruising mixed with excellent fuel economy. Our choice would be the 110bhp 2.0 HDi, but the 2.2-litre unit is excellent, too.

The four-cylinder petrols (1.8-, 2.0- and 2.2-litres) all sound strained, and even the 2.0-litre has to work hard to give decent pull in everyday driving.

The 3.0-litre V6 is a smooth, quick motor, but the running costs make it unsuitable for most people.

LX trim is the most widely available model and it's good enough for us. GLX brings more creature comforts and Executive ramps it up to leather-trimmed bells and whistles. Cars badged 'Family' are seven-seaters, with a useful pair of occasional seats in the boot.

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