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Peugeot 406 2.2 SRi

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WITH a hectic launch schedule of upper medium cars, Peugeot seems to be one of the few getting left behind. The 406 has been around since early 1997, and must wait until 2002 before it has the chance to be a pace-setter again. Meanwhile Ford, Volkswagen, Renault, Citroen and others have something new to offer in this fiercely contested sector.

But in December 2000 Peugeot announced price cuts, bringing the 406 in line with its main rivals, and boosted specification with satellite navigation as standard from LX trim level upwards. Dynamically, the Peugeot is competent enough to present a challenge to newer rivals. New to the 406 range is a 2.2- litre petrol engine from the 607, which is only available in the SRi model, but is a useful addition to the range, offering a petrol engine option between the 2.0-litre and 3.0-litre V6.

Meanwhile, with a vast selection of saloons and estates, the Peugeot 406 seems to offer something for everyone. Petrol engines include a 1.8, 2.0. 2.2 and 3.0 V6, while from May a 2.0-litre direct injection engine will join the range. Diesel lovers are also well catered for with 90bhp or 110bhp 2.0-litre HDi engines, and a new 2.2HDi joining the range from the larger 607. The 406 has always had a reputation for a good handling/ride compromise, while the diesels have become a fleet favourite.

CO2 emissions and fuel consumption data correct at time of writing. The latest figures are available in the Fleet News fuel cost calculator and the company car tax calculator.

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