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DRIVE TIME: MOTORING: Coupe takes to diesel power!; 30 PER CENT LESS FUEL USE THAN PETROL MODEL.

Byline: STEWART SMITH

PEUGEOT has gone diesel with its classy 406 Coupe.

An oil-burning version of the coupe went on sale on June 1, fitted with the powerful 2.2-litre, turbo diesel HDi engine.

But the sleek coupe will still be quick off the mark, with a top speed of 129 mph. Fuel consumption is being claimed at 44 mpg on a combined run.

It's also more fuel-efficient than its petrol equivalent, consuming 30 per cent less.

Thanks to Peugeot's particulate filter, the new 406 Coupe HDi also produces 15 per cent less carbon dioxide emissions than the 2.0-litre petrol version.

These low emissions give the car a benefit in kind rating for company car tax of just 18 per cent, the lowest possible for a diesel.

Standard equipment on the SE model such as sat-ellite navigation, leather sports seats, cruise control, 6-disc CD autochanger with JBL amplifier and 16-in alloy wheels all add to the driving experience.

The new Peugeot 406 Coupe HDi is available in S and SE trim levels, with recommended retail prices of pounds 22,295 and pounds 24,995.

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