I had a red Peugot 406 LX estate from August 2003 - July 25, 2004 when it was sadly w/o in an accident in Wales. I found this car to be very comfortable to sit in and it has been designed for tall people, but a short person is equally comfortable in it. As well as comfort, there was loads of cargo space in it, slightly more than the Ford Mondeo. As for it's performance, my Peugot 406's 2 litre engine delivered good power to it and it handled well. I would get between 300 and 400 miles out of a tank of fuel, depending on traffic. My car had done 112000 miles at the time it was w/o and I had just had the blower fan replaced. One weak point with the Peugot 406 is the front suspension. Avoid driving these cars up or into gutters as the suspension is easily damaged leading to camber problems and excessive outside wear on the front tyres. As for safety, when my partner crashed my car, she was doing 20mph and it was a head on with another car doing a similar speed. The front end crumpled up like it was designed to do. The impact felt like riding in a dodgem (bumper) car, but we were not injured, and the airbags were not set off. Expect to pay between £2500 and £3500 for this type of car, depending on mileage and whether it is sold privately or not. I have now got a Peugot 406 Executive saloon.
I have always wanted a 406. From the first time I saw them on the TV and on the road. My brother in law also had one as a company car some time ago. Then the time came to look around for a new car big enough to take two adults and two children. Despite visitng several garages bot Peugeot and non peugeot finding a decent reasonable and relativey young 406 was difficult. Then, by chance we came across one. A gleaming red monmster of a car, air con, 6 speaker stereo, elctric this, electric that - compared to previous cars owned by me the only thing it didn't do was make a cup of tea. Good speed, nice and comfortable, good petrol consumption and very quiet. The only downside is that I have always owned a hatchback and boy do I miss the big gaping door at the back. Aside from that I can see why its classed as a rep car.
We've been the owners of a Peugeot 406 for just under two years now which has covered a massive 92,000 miles during it's time. It's been regularly serviced with no major problems and has caused us no headaches what-so-ever. The boot is substancial even for a saloon and carries all the usual paraphernalia required for a holiday with a very young child. We chose this car for it's styling, capacity, air-conditioning and speed. I admit it wasn't my husband's first choice but he likes it now. We had a prang [or rather my husband had an arguement with a bus] and the car came out on top with only slight damage. It is very roomy and can seat three adults comfortably in the back and has three adult seat belts so a car seat can fit in any of three positions.
As a taller than average driver ( 6'2" in my bare feet ), I quite often come across a problem trying to find a car that offers everything I want, as well as allowing some rear legroom for my growing family. I can have the seat set in the perfect postion for me and there is still loads of room in the back for your average adult. The driving position is excellent and the 2000cc petrol engine is very responsive without being too thirsty. Most designers of family sized cars only pay lip service to looks ( the Vauxhall Vectra being a perfect example ), but Peugeot have managed to make a car that drives well, swallows a family of four with ease and still looks good when it's parked on the drive. If it turns out to be as reliable as the Japanese, then I think I'll have bought the perfect family car.