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Load carrier: still considered a comfortable, main-road distance eater

Peugeot 406 break 115

Back in the mid-1990s, the Peugeot 406 Break was widely welcomed as offering almost executive levels of automotive refinement. It was ahead of many of its competitors at the time, and although it has fallen back in the pack since it still can be considered a comfortable, main road distance eater – especially for the money for which they can be bought and maintained.

It’s not the greatest handler but it still stays calm even when being driven over rough surfaces, and altogether delivers a composed drive. The engines may be considered gutless but they are strong, smooth, and relaxed. Slick is the word aficionados use to describe the gearbox.

Not unexpectedly, the dashboard has that tired look of the 1990s, but its dials are simple and clear to see and the switches and other controls are easy to use. The room for the front passenger is very adequate and comfortable.

The back is not particularly roomy, but there is an ample amount of space in the load bay. And because the seat at the back splits and folds, this break offers even more versatility for anyone who has loads to carry.

The driver’s seat doesn’t appeal to everyone, with some drivers reporting  it doesn’t support them adequately.

It’s a reasonable car as far as costs are concerned. Servicing is comparatively cheap and when repairs are needed unexpectedly, which is unusual, these can be fixed inexpensively.

As with many French cars, it is the electrics that attract the largest volume of criticisms. Particular bugbears are problems with the central locking mechanism that sometimes misses out the boot, and the indicator stalks can be problematic.

The transmissions also attract more than their fair share of complaints. The brakes can be questionable and not always easy or cheap to sort out. If the car has been used for lugging heavy loads – which is often the case thanks to the roomy load bay – it has probably challenged the suspension.

With a full service history the engine tends to be a robust part of this car, but beware if there are any gaps in the service record, especially if there are signs of excessive wear and tear inside the car and too many tell-tale scuffs and chips on the bodywork.

If it is a modern estate/brake car you are hunting for, especially if you want more than  average refinement and to project a distinctively mature image, the Peugeot 406 break 115 would be hard to beat.

Among the strengths that this car has are good standards of comfort, handling, and ride that come encased in an attractive and very spacious bodywork.

All round, and for the money, the Peugeot 406 break 115 is a sound choice.

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