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Nice drive, but a little sluggish for my tastes.
Peugeot 406 TDi Saloon
Member Name: davemar
Peugeot 406 TDi Saloon
Date: 01/06/01, updated on 01/06/01 (1351 review reads)
Advantages: Fluid handling and ride, Great fuel efficiency, Comfortable
Disadvantages: Lacks acceleration, Poor throttle response, Too big for my car park space!
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.