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Peugeot Expert 115hp 1.6 HDI Professional
Peugeot Expert - Overview
The Peugeot Expert is a mid-size van that rivals the ever-popular Ford Transit Custom. The Expert shares its underpinnings with sister vans the Citroen Relay and Toyota Proace. The Expert can be ordered in different lengths, all with a single roof height of 1.9m. As well as being available as a regular van, it can also be specified with a crew-cab or as a platform cab so there are options to suit a variety of needs.
What is the Peuegot Expert like to drive?
Being based, in part, on the same platform as Peugeot’s mid-size cars, it is perhaps unsurprising that the Peugeot Expert is very car-like to drive. This is particularly obvious when the van is either lightly loaded or empty as the Expert feels surprisingly stable without contents in the back. As well as feeling secure on the road, the seats are supportive, which means that even on longer journeys comfort is assured. With light steering, all versions of the Expert are easy to drive around town. However, the shortest variant of the Expert, called the Compact, is just 4.6m in length and is particularly easy to manoeuvre around city streets and place in parking spaces. Peugeot offers a wide range of engines with the Expert. However, the 1.6-litre BlueHDI diesel with 115hp is worth singling out as the best all-rounder in the line-up thanks to a good amount of torque and impressive economy figures.
What engines and gearboxes are available?
- 1.6 BlueHDi 95hp, 139-170g/km CO2 (31-37% BIK), 43.5-52.3mpg
- 1.6 BlueHDi 115hp, 133-137g/km CO2 (30-31% BIK), 54.3-55.4mpg
- 2.0 BlueHDi 120hp, 139-176g/km CO2 (31-37% BIK), 42.2-53.3mpg
- 2.0 BlueHDi 150hp, 139g/km CO2 (31% BIK), 53.3mpg
- 2.0 BlueHDi 180hp, 151-163g/km CO2 (34-36% BIK), 45.6-49.6mpg
- 5-speed manual
- 6-speed manual
- 6-speed auto
Peugeot Expert trim levels explained
The Peugeot Expert can be ordered in three trim levels; S, Professional and Professional Plus. The crew-cab version can only be ordered in the upper two trim levels.
- Remote central locking
- Powered front windows
- Two 12-volt power points
- Stability control with hill start
- Cruise control with speed limiter
- DAB radio
- USB socket
- Audio jack
Professional (in addition to S)
- Air conditioning
- Rear parking sensors
- Side airbags
- Auto lights & wipers
- 7” touch screen with MirrorLink
Professional Plus (in addition to Professional)
- Front parking sensors
- Power-fold door mirrors
- Body colour handles, rear bumper and side mouldings
- Front fog lights
- 17” alloys
- Sat nav
- Metallic paint
- LED day running lights
How to spec the Peugeot Expert
Three lengths of van are available in the Peugeot Expert. These are based on two wheelbase lengths. The Compact version is, obviously, based on the short wheelbase while the Standard and Long versions are both on the longer wheelbase. There’s only a single roof-height, which simplifies the choice somewhat. Alongside the three lengths, owners can also choose to have a crew cab, which adds a second row of three seats. For those needing more seating, a Combi version is also possible with glass side panels and seating for up to nine. Alongside the van versions, the Expert can be ordered as a platform cab so that bodywork conversions can be completed to the buyer’s specification.
The Expert is particularly well equipped from the base model upward with all vans coming with DAB radio, remote central locking, cruise control and hill start assist. However, the middle-spec Professional trim level adds air conditioning and rear parking sensors that will not only make a van driver’s life better but it’s also likely to reduce accident claims.
Peugeot Expert Interior – what’s it like?
The cabin and dashboard of the Peugeot Expert is a clean and simple affair. In the Professional and Professional Plus trim levels, the stereo is based around a good seven-inch colour screen, which is simple to use and very useful if you connect your phone via MirrorLink.
The load area volumes run from 4.6cu m to 6.1cu m. However, if the clever foldable Moduwork bulkhead is fitted, then the maximum space increases to 6.6cu m in the Long version. Maximum load lengths range from 2.16m to 2.86m, and this rises to a huge 4.02m with a Moduwork bulkhead. The Long Expert can also accommodate three europallets.
Payload capacities range from 1,099kg to 1,498kg.
The Peugeot Expert is a very tempting proposition thanks to high levels of equipment, even in the entry-level version, and a car-like driving experience.