Peugeot Boxer Review 2024

Peugeot Boxer At A Glance


+Peugeot's equivalent of the Fiat Ducato and Citroen Relay, strong 2.2-litre diesel engines, 100,000 mile warranty as standard.

-Noisy engines, passenger bench seat not comfortable for long journeys, choppy ride at low speeds.

The Peugeot Boxer was born as part of a joint development with Citroen and Fiat, with both having the same van badged as the Relay and Ducato.

The Boxer is powered by a range of HDi common rail diesel engines. The engines are also fitted with an electronic onboard diagnosis system to monitor exhaust emissions. The most popular engine is the 2.2-litre HDi diesel which is available in two versions with either 100PS or 120PS. There is also a 3.0-litre HDi engine.

In 2016 Peugeot downsized the range and introduced a Euro6 compliant 2.0-litre HDi, with the four-cylinder providing lower emissions and better fuel economy. Power delivery and all-round refinement was improved too, making the 2.0 HDis much better for long distance driving. 

Diversity is a key appeal of the Boxer and there are also dropside and tipper conversions, as well as chassis cabs, Luton and minibus models. Peugeot's revisions to the Boxer since its introduction in 2006 have made it more and more comfortable and convenient, which is why this van remains one of the most popular choices for UK operators.

The Boxer panel van comes with two rear hinged doors equipped with four opening positions as standard. Both rear doors open to an angle of 96 degrees and a retractable link system allows this angle to be extended to 180 degrees, or optionally to 270 degrees. To ensure any load is securely and safely transported, the ribbed floor is equipped with either eight or ten load locating eyes depending on the vehicle length.

Inside of the van, black Teflon plastic lined panels are fitted to protect both the inner panels and the load. The Boxer also has fixing holes positioned above the trim panels able to accommodate a stowing rail. The load sill is particularly low which puts the Boxer among the best vans on the market in terms of loading height.

Used Buying Guide - Peugeot Boxer

Not as prevalent as the Fiat Ducato and Citroen Relay, the Boxer has all their advantages of loadspace and payload, with the bonus of being a little bit different in the large van marketplace.

Read our used buying guide here >>

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Ask Honest John

I get black smoke when accelerating - what's wrong?

"I have a 2016 Peugeot Boxer 2.0 HDi and get black smoke under acceleration plus the engine light comes on?"
Black smoke is indicating that the fuel to air balance is incorrect. This means that the fuel injectors are either adding too much fuel or that the intake valves aren't letting enough air in. This could be caused by a leaking fuel injector, a faulty fuel pressure regulator, a bad air filter or if the EGR is getting blocked. We would check the air filter in the first instance. If this is okay and you are getting the engine warning light showing we would get a diagnostic carried out to see what fault code exists ( i.e P ----- 4 numbers) as this may then indicate where the fault lies.
Answered by Alan Ross

Does the Peugeot Boxer have a timing chain or cam belt?

"I have two Peugeot Boxers, both 1998cc, 2016 & 2017. Do they have a timing chain or cam belt? I understand that if they have a timing chain, that as long as they are regularly serviced, the chain should last a lifetime."
I believe this engine uses and belt and a chain. As long as the oil is kept clean with a year change then it should last the life of the van. The belt should probably be replaced every five years or 60,000 miles (whichever comes first).
Answered by Dan Powell

Are used motorhomes with low mileages going to cost a lot in future bills?

"I have seen a very nice 2011 Peugeot Boxer diesel motorhome for sale with very few miles on the clock. It appears to be immaculate but I wonder if the low mileage will be a problem as I also will only be doing a low mileage. Most motorhomes seem to only do low mileage and, as I'm looking for ones of about this age (because of my budget), am I looking to incur big expenses in the future? Thanks."
It's always important to note that a motorhome is based on a van chassis. Vans, by their nature, are designed to run up high mileages over 10-years before being be scrapped. They are not designed to sit around for six months standing doing nothing. Vehicles that are left standing for long periods are usually prone to corrosion, particularly within the suspension, exhaust and joints. That said, the above vehicle may be fine if it's been dry stored and serviced regularly (with an oil and filter change every 12 months). However, if you do buy it, I'd recommend going in to the ownership with the expectation that the motorhome will need considerable work and money to keep it on the road for the next 10 years.
Answered by Dan Powell

Would a 9-year-old van with 130,000 miles on the clock be an unwise purchase?

"I have been looking at a 2011 Peugeot Expert. It's being sold at £2500 and has 130,000 miles on the clock. Is that high? Also, how long would that last me? I have a business transporting dogs back and forth from clients' homes to my house."
Most vans are nearing the end of their mechanical life as they approach 10-years. However, if this van has a comprehensive service history that shows a service (with oil and filter change) every 12 months or 12,000 miles then it might provide a few more years of service. Check for slip on the clutch, a replacement will cost upwards of £800. For our Peugeot Boxer review and used buying guide, see:
Answered by Dan Powell
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