Peugeot Expert - The delivery Expert
Peugeot hasn’t been in the commercial market for the past year or so but it’s back now with a new Expert van.
This enters the arena to take on the Ford Transit and VW Transporter. Keeping things simple, there’s one model (though it’s available in LWB form also) priced from $54,990.
The need-to-knows include a 2.0-litre turbodiesel making 110kW with 370Nm at 2000rpm. It drives the fronts via an eight-speed auto and Peugeot claims 6.3L/100km overall.
The load length for the regular wheelbase version we drove is 2512mm, but with the Moduwork option ($900) this extends to 3600mm as there’s the ability to flip the front passenger seat up, and poke something skinny but long through the bottom of the standard-fit bulkhead. The load volume is quoted at 5.3 cubic metres, the payload 1300kg and it’ll tow up to 2165kg braked.
Workplace H&S is sorted with standard fit AEB and collision warning, driver attention alert, ESP and four airbags. There is also adaptive cruise control, operative above 50km/h. There’s a basic touchscreen audio system with Bluetooth as well, though sat nav is BYO.
Peugeot NZ has kept the list of options short to reduce complexity. This was fitted with the $2800 Look Pack adding colour-matched bumpers, rubbing strips and door handles. It also adds LED DRLs and 17-inch alloys (16s being standard). Such things as side glazing and a top-hinged liftgate are possibilities but they’ve specified the Expert according to local customer feedback.
The warranty covers five years/100,000km, though the distance can be extended at extra cost, and service plans start from $1690. Consider adding this to the finance deal to lock in your costs.
While we’re not exactly van experts, we like the look of this one, smart in black though white will be best in the long run (less cleaning required, and cheaper paint repairs).
The unladen ride quality is good, not too firm in the rear for something with a payload of over a tonne. It’s quiet on road too, the standard bulkhead muffling any din from the cargo area. It makes for a warmer cabin in winter as well. Entry is easy, the seat comfy and while the wheel adjusts for reach and rake, drivers north of six feet are going to struggle for leg room with the seat hard up against the bulkhead.
With a low first gear, the oiler is away quickly, the lag minimal and it pulls nicely from early in the rev range, the auto smooth on the changes. With 900km to empty showing on the trip computer with a full tank, fill ups should be infrequent.
The turning circle is large for a van at 12.4m, while rearward vision is next to non-existent, but there is a standard-fit reversing camera to help there. The side mirrors could be larger but are backed with blind spot monitoring technology.
There are twin sliders and the rear barn doors have a 180-degree opening capability. Peugeot has the usual range of accessories (roof racks/towbars) available too.
While it has set a competitive RRP, Peugeot is keen to stress it will be hard to beat on transactional pricing, so those in need of a new van should be heading to their local Peugeot outlet to thrash out a deal.