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Car reviews - Peugeot - 405 - Mi16 4-dr sedan


28 Mar 1989

THE 405 represented a radical departure for Peugeot, with its lightweight construction, modish lines and front-wheel drive hardware. After decades of simple, robust rear-drive family cars like the 404, 504 and 505, the 405 seemed like an expensive French Toyota Camry - albeit a roomy, agile and elegant one. The base 80kW 1.9-litre four-cylinder 405 and cult 108kW 1.9-litre twin-cam manual-only 405 Mi16 sports sedan (featured here) were joined by the leather-clad S and a boxy base wagon in late ’89, both featuring 80kW and a four-speed auto. In late ’91 minor changes, a 90kW 1.9 engine and upgraded equipment levels heralded the new SRI base model, and a Luxury Pack (leather and anti-lock brakes) option on the Mi16 range. May 1993's D70 looked very similar, but the many changes Peugeot wrought to the 405 included a strengthened body structure, a new nose and tail, a completely redesigned cabin, revised drivetrains, improved safety and updated electronics. A new 89kW 2.0-litre engine powered the popular SRI value-leader and luxury STI, while the Mi16 scored a 112kW twin-cam version of the same engine. In late ’93 a 69kW 1.9-litre turbodiesel SRDT sedan joined the range, but it took another two years for the equivalent wagon to come. A driver’s airbag and other refinements were added to the Mi16 and STI in mid-’95. The bigger 406 replaced the 405 in late ’96, although the 405 diesels stayed until early ’98, when the 406 equivalents arrived. The 405 continues on in Iran and Egypt.
Model release date: 1 February 1989 to 1 May 1996

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