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.