The 406 had a lot to live up to when it arrived here in February 1996 because its predecessor, the 405, had become one of Britain's favourite family cars. Peugeot's genius was in building on the high standards of driving dynamics that the 405 had set, yet at the same time making a car that was safer, more stylish, faster and better equipped - all at prices that challenged the other class leaders.
The saloon, estate and Coupe versions of the 406 have been said to offer 'the drive of your life' by their maker. An overstatement perhaps, but they are great to drive. Indeed, both Ford and Vauxhall have been fortunate that Peugeot have chosen to ignore the big-selling five-door market, such is the superiority of the French car's driving characteristics.
For the used buyer, the 406 makes a huge amount of sense. Its classy looks are matched by superb handling and a ride that's the envy of most other makers. Throw in roominess, build quality that's light years ahead of French cars of even a few years ago and a wide choice of models and the 406 makes a very convincing argument for itself.