In the late 1980s, Peugeot understood perfectly well the kind of customers it was dealing with, and decided to give them what they needed: four doors for convenience, and all the amenities that come with a mid-size sedan, combined with truly world-class handling and the type of aggressive design rarely seen in that type of car, complete with five-spoke alloy wheels and a rear spoiler. The top of the line model, the 1989 Peugeot 405 Mi-16 was equipped with the type of engine to back up its design, and was widely considered to be among the best-handling car of the 1980s. Of, course, compromises were made, particularly on build quality – never a good idea – and on the quality of the interior design.
Fortunately for Peugeot, the Mi-16’s handling, and its performance were so exceptional that its little quality issues were quickly overlooked, and they were fixed in later models anyways. The Mi-16 was powered by a 16-valve, 4-cylinder engine of 1.9-liter displacement that produced a very impressive 159 horsepower. The 405 could reach a top speed of 130 miles per hour, and accelerate to 60 in only 8 seconds.
Later models even featured a all-wheel drive system, making the car handle even better that it it did. The 1989 Peugeot 405 Mi-16 was a truly exceptional car hampered only by build quality and interior details (no folding rear seats, etc.) which in all honesty, can’t really be held against it. It handled awesome!