Peugeot 406 2004 Review: Price, Fuel Consumption, Problems, Used Car Buyer Guide, Performance & More (Update in 2021)

Jan 09, 2021

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1. Peugeot 406 2004 Review: an Introduction

The Peugeot 406 2004 has been one of Peugeot’s most long-lasting success. Being the successor of the much-loved Peugeot 405, the Peugeot 406 2004 is heightened to the next level of quality and sophistication since its debut in 1996. The Peugeot 406 2004 is available in five-door wagon or four-door sedan, and has been a constant seller ever since. What earn the Peugeot 406 Nigerian’s drivers are the handling ability that Peugeot is known for, the classic design that endures over time, and a status for high-quality engines.

The Peugeot 406 2004 profile look

The Peugeot 406 2004 has been one of Peugeot’s most long-lasting success




2. Peugeot 406 2004 Review: What is New

The Peugeot 406 2004 was reworked as part of the second generation refresh. It was actually a success as it gave the Peugeot 406 2004 a more upmarket look and feel. This has been made possible by an array of subtle but effective touches, including resculpted controls, improved dials, higher quality materials and added classy touches such as chrome handbrake and chrome vent buttons. The seating was also improved with a more generous range of adjustment, higher backrest, and better support. The drivers can now enjoy comfortable armrest and the stereo now can be conveniently controlled right from the steering wheel. The speed ride has been improved by detail adjustment and more feel has been found on the power steering. High equipment level was still retained across the lineup as twin airbag at both front and side comes standard on all the models in the standard range for example, together with electric mirrors, a trip computer and front fog lamps. Buyers now have a wider range of options including L, LX, GLX, SRi, Executive and V6 models, and the special edition Rapier. All the model comes with luxurious feel, high-quality fittings and fixtures, along with lovely touches such as a penholder next to the gearstick.


The Peugeot 406 2004 cockpit

Peugeot 406 2004 has a more upmarket look and feel

3. Peugeot 406 2004 Review: Performance

The pre-facelift Peugeot 406’s meek face has been replaced by a bolder, more aggressive frontal look. The same has happened under the hoods of some models. Those with 2.0-liter petrol engines are mated with the 16-valve 137bhp powerplant carrying over from the Peugeot 206 RC. More power will be provided from on the 2.2-liter petrol with 160bhp on the SRi model. Unless you really rate car performance against what the stopwatch says, you are likely to be more than pleased at the wheel of the 110bhp 2.0-liter turbo diesel. Being a hi-tech common rail HDi engine, it reaches a nearly perfect 60 on the way to 119mph, while effortlessly achieves more than 50 mpg on long trips. The Peugeot 406 2004 also offers the more advanced 2.0-liter diesel version which is capable of producing 90bhp. With the diesel engine taking 14 seconds to 112mhp, it is in no way a ball of fire, but for family use, we believe it is just perfect.

The Peugeot 406 2004 in motion

Unless you really rate car performance against what the stopwatch says, you are likely to be more than pleased at  the wheel of the 110bhp 2.0-liter turbo diesel

The Peugeot 406 2004 in motion

With the diesel engine taking 14 seconds to 112mhp, it is in no way a ball of fire, but for family use, it is just perfect

If you are a Peugeot 406 fan but crave for a more powerful engine, you can look for the 2.2-liter HDi engine which has 136bhp thanks to many shared advance technologies with the Peugeot 607. The engine is able to catapult the Peugeot 406 2004 to 60mph within merely 10 seconds while still able to comfortably return it to 58mpg, presenting the Peugeot 406 2004 as an attractive performance.

The Peugeot 406 2004 engine

Under the hood, the Peugeot 406 2004 is more aggressive

Petrol drivers can look for the interesting 2.0-liter HPi engine that employs high-pressure direct injection technology for the significantly improved performance, economy and emissions. With the figures reported, the 406 2004 well fulfills the Peugeot’s claims. The top power put out reaches 143bp, 6bhp larger than the standard 2.0. The picked up pace is 60mph within 10.3 seconds, half a second quicker. The top speed is 130mph, up 1mph from the 2.0. However, the engine range basically remains the same, with the entry level being 1.8-liter petrol and the top-ranger being 3.0-liter V6.

The Peugeot 406 2004 coupe front seats

The Peugeot 406 2004 coupe front seats

The Peugeot 406 2004 coupe rear seats

The Peugeot 406 2004 coupe rear seats

The Peugeot 406 2004 wagon measuring over 4.7 meters long is among the longest cars in its class. It is also among the heaviest, which is probably a reason why it lacks a tad of instant reflexes that found on the sedan’s chassis. Having said that, hold the 406 wagon’s steering wheel and you immediately feel how good the Peugeot 406 sedan’s chassis is. It offers maximum grip, minimum roll, while delivers a real pliant ride at the same time. Peugeot 406 engineer team has equipped the wagon variant longer rear springs and improve the damping for the longer wheel travel. However, the engineers might not very well think of the automatic self-leveling which comes as a pity.

>>> You might also want to know about the Peugeot 406's successor - Peugeot 407. Click for the in-depth 2010 Peugeot 407 Review

4. Peugeot 406 2004 Review: Fuel Consumption

Below is the information on Peugeot 406 2004 fuel consumption.

Peugeot 406 2004 Review: Fuel Consumption
1.8 16V 4AT (11HP) City 19.1 mpg OR 12.3 L/100Km
  Highway 37.9 mpg OR 6.2 L/100Km
  Combined 28 mpg OR 8.4 L/100Km
1.8 16V 5MT (117 HP) City 22.2 mpg OR 10.6 L/100Km
  Highway 39.2 mpg OR 6 L/100Km
  Combined 30.5 mpg OR 7.7 L/100Km
2.0 16V 5MT (138 HP) City 20.5 mpg OR 11.5 L/100Km
  Highway 36.2 mpg OR 6.5 L/100Km
  Combined 28.3 mpg OR 8.3 L/100Km
2.0 16V HPI 5MT (143 HP) City 22.8 mpg OR 10.3 L/100Km 
  Highway 39.2 mpg OR 6 L/100Km
  Combined 31.4 mpg OR 7.5 L/100Km
2.2 16V 5MT (160 HP) City 18.4 mpg OR 12.8 L/100Km
  Highway 36.2 mpg OR 6.5 L/100Km
  Combined 26.7 mpg OR 8.8 L/100Km
3.0 V6 24V 5MT (194 HP) City 14.8 mpg US OR 15.9 L/100Km
  Highway 29.4 mpg US OR 8 L/100Km
  Combined 21.6 mpg US OR 10.9 L/100Km
2.0 HDi 5MT (110 HP) City 31.4 mpg US OR 7.5 L/100Km
  Highway 52.3 mpg US OR 4.5 L/100Km
  Combined 42 mpg US OR 5.6 L/100Km
2.2 HDi 5MT (136 HP) City 26.7 mpg US OR 8.8 L/100Km
  Highway 48 mpg US OR 4.9 L/100Km
  Combined 36.8 mpg US OR 6.4 L/100Km

5. Peugeot 406 2004 Review: Peugeot 406 Problems and Used Car Buyers' Guide

Having said that the Peugeot 406 2004 is made with an excellent level of build quality, problems with the four-cylinder petrol engines have been reported. Quite a lot of users have experienced engine stalling, especially with the 2.0-liter versions, so make a point of starting the engine from the cold when doing the test drive. Another common weakness is the timing belt. Do check if it is changed every 30,000 miles because it may otherwise sudden snap, thereby stopping the engine.

The Peugeot 406 2004 frontal look

The Peugeot 406 2004 frontal look

The Peugeot 406 2004 from the rear

The Peugeot 406 2004 from the rear

The Peugeot 406 2004 wheel

The Peugeot 406 2004 wheel

6. Peugeot 406 2004 Review: Peugeot 406 Price in Nigeria

Please see the table below for the current market price for used Peugeot 406 2004 in Nigeria

Peugeot 406 Price in Nigeria
Model year   Price
2000 – 2008  N1.2 – N1.5 million

7. Peugeot 406 2004 Review: Overall

Although the Peugeot 406 2004 is not the most modern car, the qualities that earn it drivers’ great fondness have nevertheless endured. Its iconic ride quality, generous space exceptional handling and great fuel economy still have few rival to beat, although the interior may appear a bit outdated. The best buy among the whole range may be the 136bhp HDi diesel version which will definitely satisfy your need, why not give it a look?

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