Peugeot has expanded its market-leading diesel range with the introduction of two important new models, the 307 Rapier HDi 110 and 406 Rapier HDi 110, both featuring Peugeot's acclaimed 2.0-litre direct injection turbodiesel engine.
In addition to delivering smooth, potent performance, impressive fuel economy and low carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, the two new diesel models offer great value for money, with high specifications and sporty good looks, making them equally attractive to private motorists and company car drivers.
307 Rapier HDi 110
The new addition to the 2002 Car of the Year-winning 307 range is available with three or five-doors. It has a top speed of 119 mph and accelerates from 0-62 mph in 10.9 seconds. Fuel consumption over the combined drive cycle is 54.3 mpg, while a CO2 emission level of 138 g/km means that it qualifies for the lowest Benefit in Kind (BIK) rating for a diesel - 18%.
Life on board this well-specified machine is extremely comfortable and enjoyable. Standard equipment includes air conditioning and an air-conditioned glovebox, remote control radio/CD with six speakers, one-touch electric front windows with anti-pinch feature and electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors. 16" Ariane alloy wheels add to the 307's stylish appearance and sporty handling.
Safety is another important feature, and the 307 Rapier HDi 110 comes complete with six airbags, including front and rear curtain airbags. Standard active safety features include anti-lock brakes with Emergency Brake Assist, which guarantees maximum braking effort in an emergency stop regardless of the force applied to the pedal by the driver. The 307 Rapier HDi 110 also features Electronic Stability Program (ESP), which detects the onset of potential skids and electronically corrects them automatically.
The 307 Rapier HDi 110 is available from just £14,160 on-the-road.
406 Rapier HDi 110
The 406 Rapier HDi 110 is available in saloon and estate versions. The 406 is already the UK's best-selling medium sector diesel car, and the new model will further enhance the popularity of the range.
It boasts 20 bhp more power than the 406 Rapier HDi 90, but has a lower CO2 emission level - 147 g/km (saloon) and 149 g/km (estate) - giving it the lowest diesel Benefit-in-Kind (BIK) rating of 18%. Fuel consumption of 50.4 mpg and 49.6 mpg (combined drive cycle) for the saloon and estate respectively is equally impressive.
The 2.0-litre engine powers the saloon smoothly to a top speed of 119 mph and from 0-62 mph in 12.5 seconds, and takes the estate from 0-62 mph in 12.8 seconds with a maximum speed of 116 mph.
Standard features inside the cabin of this well-appointed new model include digital air conditioning with climate control, electric front and rear windows, remote control radio/CD with four speakers, trip computer and a leather trimmed steering wheel. 15" alloy wheels are also standard.
The impressive safety package includes ABS with an Electronic Brake Force Distributor (EBFD), which automatically apportions stopping effort between the front and rear wheels for maximum effect; SMART driver and front passenger airbags that react according to the speed and severity of an accident; side airbags that protect in the event of a side impact, while automatic headlights-on and rain-sensing wipers provide a clear view of the road ahead in dim light or wet conditions.
Like the 307 Rapier HDi 110, the 406 Rapier HDi 110 is attractively priced - from £15,195 on-the-road.Published 3 May 2002