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Peugeot 406 Saloon (96 - 04) review

(1996 - 2004)
Peugeot 406 Saloon (96 - 04)
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Which used Peugeot 406 saloon should I buy?

Peugeot's diesels rate among the best and suit the 406 well. You can choose from a 1.9 turbo giving 90 or 110bhp, a 2.0 HDi that took its place, or a 2.2 HDi with 138bhp, sold from 2001. The 2.0 HDi is the one to have.

Otherwise, the petrol engines run from a 1.8 to a 2.0, plus a 2.0 turbo, with a 3.0 V6 at the top end. The 1.8 puffs a bit to pull this heavy car, but the 2.0 or 2.0 turbo are fine, while the 3.0 V6 makes the 406 purr along, but running costs will hit hard.

Trim runs from L to LX, GLX and Executive. All are well equipped, most have air-con and the Executive gets leather seats. A face-lift in mid-1999 improved equipment across the board, so go for a later car, with the 2.0 HDi 110bhp and LX trim the ideal combination.

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Which used Peugeot 406 saloon should I buy?

Peugeot's diesels rate among the best and suit the 406 well. You can choose from a 1.9 turbo giving 90 or 110bhp, a 2.0 HDi that took its place, or a 2.2 HDi with 138bhp, sold from 2001. The 2.0 HDi is the one to have.

Otherwise, the petrol engines run from a 1.8 to a 2.0, plus a 2.0 turbo, with a 3.0 V6 at the top end. The 1.8 puffs a bit to pull this heavy car, but the 2.0 or 2.0 turbo are fine, while the 3.0 V6 makes the 406 purr along, but running costs will hit hard.

Trim runs from L to LX, GLX and Executive. All are well equipped, most have air-con and the Executive gets leather seats. A face-lift in mid-1999 improved equipment across the board, so go for a later car, with the 2.0 HDi 110bhp and LX trim the ideal combination.

Buy from an independent used car dealer for best value.

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