2003 Peugeot 406 Executive 2.0 HDi from UK and Ireland


Superb Car


Nothing yet.

General Comments:

I was somewhat dubious regarding what the quality would be like, given some reviews I have read and my experience with Peugeot's in the past. I can say that I need not have worried. The build quality is very good and the car is generally very solidly screwed together.

The handling and comfort is sublime, the seats being supportive and the leather trim is superb. Every conceivable extra is fitted as standard including the excellent satellite navigation. The stereo (250 watts) is also very impressive.

The diesel engine is very refined, reliable and offers strong performance. I can accelerate up steep hills in fifth gear from 40 miles per hour. My v6 Omega with manual transmission needed fourth or even third gear to achieve this. I am also averaging about 51 miles per gallon on a 50 mile journey, half motorway, half A and B roads.

This is a company vehicle, and I had a choice of over 1500 vehicle models. It is still one of the most attractive designs, still probably has the best comfort/handling compromise (I have tried the Toyota Avensis. Good as it is, the Peugeot is more solid and more comfortable. Push your finger into the C pillar on an Avensis!). When I went to a dealer he had sold two 406's that week and like me, the buyers had narrowed their choice down to the Avensis and the 406. Funny that!

Overall a thoroughly enjoyable car to own and drive. Don't discount a vehicle just because it isn't a new design. Next to some new designs the 406 still looks far sleeker.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd October, 2003

2003 Peugeot 406 ST HDI 2.0 turbo diesel from Australia and New Zealand


Incredible value for money from a well respected marque!


Small buzz/rattle in passenger side front door.

Nothing else.

General Comments:

My previous car was a 1998 Peugeot 406 ST 2.0 petrol manual. This car was very reliable and well made. I loved the exterior design also. Because I had such a good experience with this vehicle, I really didn't consider much of the competitors vehicles, when purchasing my current 406 HDI.

The new HDI engine gives me better low range pulling power than the previous higher reving petrol model, and the fuel economy is in a different league - 7.0l/100k on average, mostly in city driving!

The exterior Pininfarina design is even more beautiful on this updated model.

The rain-sensing wipers are a really good feature - not a gimmick!

Inside; the cabin is well put together, more refined and well laid out than ever. I like the trip computer and remote control stalk for the stereo (excellent quality sound by the way), and the cruise control works well, without surging!

The suspension/steering combination is typical Peugeot - accurate and well weighted steering, while the suspension dispatches all, but the biggest bumps and pot-holes.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th June, 2003