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Car reviews - Peugeot - 406 - SV sedan

Overview

The facelifted 406 of 1999 brought worthwhile improvements

29 Mar 2001

NO-ONE, but no one knows more about smooth riding, deft-handling suspensions than Peugeot. The French charms of the 406 model appeal to drivers wanting a touch of individuality and with an update not so long ago, the cushy Peugeot looks and feels better than ever. The SV model's V6 is a fluid, smooth performer but the sluggish four-speed auto is its Achilles heel. The optional five-speed manual transmission is a better - and slightly cheaper - proposition.

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Model release date: 1 August 1999 to 1 August 2004

Did you know?

· The second generation D9 406 was first unveiled at the 1996 Geneva motor show

Previous model

Peugeot 405

Released: February 1989
Ended: May 1996
Family Tree: 406

The front-drive 405 replaced the rear-drive 505 in 1989, inheriting a reputation for outstanding ride and handling. Spacious, comfortable and well equipped, the 405 needed more than 1.9 litres - although the twin-cam Mi16 was quite rapid and the turbo diesel SRDT impressively economical.

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