The Peugeot 406 tdi Saloon is an exceptionally good car. It is reliable, dependable and has a very reasonable diesel consumption rate. It's extremely roomy and has space for four passengers as well as plenty of gear, suitcases and luggage and larger items they may be carrying, all of which can be comfortably accounted for.
It's a brilliant family car and is cheap to maintain as well as being one of the top cars for taxi firms to use. The air conditioning is superb, some of the best I've ever seen, and the CD player, radio and driver seat interface is highly intuitive and useful.
The seats are very comfortable and the windows, wheel-arches and matte-black or marble interior finishes (I've seen both) look incredibly stylish and would not look out of place in a car of much higher price. The boot of the car is extremely large and is great for transporting lots of luggage and goods in. This can be particularly helpful if say, your kids are heading off to university or something, or you're planning a number of family holidays.
The engine is great. It's really reliable and very easily accessable. It's exceptionally quiet too. The more-or-less silent running of the vehicle even at top speeds is very impressive even after considerable age. About the only thing that feels like it's deteriorating is the throttle response and sticky acceleration rates.
These cars are very robust too and although the throttle response can sometimes be a little bit tricky to get going, it's something that one can get used to pretty quickly, it's just one of those quirks. Overall it handles fantastically and goes really smooth all the time. Although it may be a problem for folk with small driveways, it's generally got great manouevrability and is overall a reliable and robust vehicle. Recommended.
This op is actually about the 406 HDi, but as it is closest to the TDi, it'll have to go here. I have hired this car over the past week, so it is a new car having done 4000 miles, so it is in tip-top condition. It is the LX version with the 2.0 litre HDI turbo diesel engine, which is supposed to be one of best diesel engines around. I suspect it is the 90bhp version (there is also a 110bhp version) but I can't be sure. Lets start with the interior. It is very comfortable, and I've been driving it with four people (including myslelf) in it, and they have remarked on how comfortable it feels. It has climate control, so I've been able to keep everyone at a nice temperature, a resonably good CD player with a remote control stalk on the steering column. Needless to say it has leccy windows, airbags, cup holders and some arm-rests. The controls feel intuitive and easy to use. It also has an MPG meter, but the response time is so short (1 second or so!) it isn't really useful for gaging how efficiently you are driving, because as soon as you let off the accelerator it rises upto 999mpg! But that is only a gimmick, so isn't really important. The boot appears to be of a decent size too, but being a saloon you can't really sacrifice the back seats for something big as you would in a hatchback. In terms of drivablity, which is what I'm concerned about, it comes across well. The power steering is a little light for my liking, but it does make town driving and parking easy. Despite this the steering does feel accurate. It handles well for a big car, as you would expect from a Pug, and gives a smooth ride and takes bumps well. You can really throw it around corners without it getting flustered, so it quite pleasurable in that respect. This is something Peugeot have got a great reputation for. The gearchange isn't too bad either, although 4th to 5th and back is a little disjointed. As for the engine, it is sm
ooth and quiet, but does suffer the fundamental flaws of a turbo diesel. Firstly you just don't get the rev-range of a petrol, so acceleration is only a short burst, rather than a long charge you can achieve with a petrol engine. Secondly, being a turboed engine, the throttle response is pretty poor, you don't get that initial kick when you floor it, you have to wait for things to happen. This kind of puts you off doing passing manouvres and is just an annoying aspect of a turbo engine. While it is not a very laggy turbo engine, it just lacks the nice throttle response of a normal aspirated engine. Maybe I've been spoilt in my 205 GTi! Overall, the engine is fine for motorway cruising, and moderate amounts of accerelation. The big thing about this engine is the fuel comsumption. You really don't need many trips to the service stations! I've just done 600 miles on one tank and that was driving it pretty hard and getting stuck in a few jams. This is the reason why you would want a diesel in the first place, the low fuel costs, not the performance. Overall, I've enjoyed driving the car, and my passengers have enjoyed it too; but the engine just isn't pokey enough for my liking.
Being a taxi driver(private hire)its very important for me to have a reliable car,for obvious reasons.I have recently changed my car to the PEUGOT 406 TDI,from a Vauxhall Carlton.I did however, have some reservations when changing to this car,...would it be big enough and reliable enough?. I have to say that on both counts I am extremely happy about the choice I have made.This car makes a great taxi,with more than enough room for four passengers and their luggage.Nor has it let me down(touch wood). Another plus is of course the fuel consuption-or lack of consuption as the case may be.So my advice to anyone thinking of buying this car is - If it makes a good taxi it will make a brilliant family car. ##UPDATE## After driving a Peugeot 406 T.D.I for nearly six months in the course of my work as a taxi-driver,I now have some amendments to make to my previous write up. My first impressions of this car were overall very good..fuel consumption being one of the advantages. Size was also good,plenty of room for four good sized adults and more that enough room for luggage. However,problems are starting to surface. Not, may I add, major problems,just lots of annoying things. For instance, windows rattling, door seals detatching themselves from the doors. Also, the seats are uncomfortable and the air-conditioning doesn't work. So, I have to say, that while the engine is fantastic,(absolutely no complaints on that score!)I feel that the overall build quality of this car is somewhat lacking. To make this into a good, all-round family car,lots of minor problems need to be addressed.