Peugeot Expert (2016–)

Last updated 19 June 2019

The Peugeot Expert is surprisingly car-like on the road, with nicely weighted steering and a composed ride that makes it a comfortable drive across all speeds.

Like the its sister vans – the Citroen Dispatch and Toyota Proace – the Expert is based on a heavily modified version of the of the Peugeot 308 car platform, which gives the impression that you're driving a large family car rather than a commercial vehicle. 

This means the Expert is predictable and easy to drive. It doesn't bounce around when empty and the front-wheel drive layout provides plenty of grip in challenging conditions, such as heavy rain or light snow. Turning circles vary from 11.3 metres to 12.4 metres, which makes the Expert painless to park in town too. 

The four-cylinder turbodiesels are split across 1.6-litre and 2.0-litre units and provide from 95PS up to 180PS. The range starts with the 95PS 1.6 BlueHDi, which is also the weakest engine in the range. There's lots of noise and sluggish acceleration when carrying a full load.

The five-speed manual gearbox doesn't help matters, with a clunky and slow operation, although a torque converter auto is available as an option. CO2 emissions for the 95PS diesel start from 144g/km and claimed economy ranges from 50.4 - 51.4mpg, depending on which transmission and body size you choose. 

The 1.6-litre HDi is also available with 115PS and this is the sweet spot in the range, with a claimed 55.4mpg and 133g/km of CO2. There is no automatic option for the 115PS engine, but the six-speed gearbox is extremely good with a smooth upward and downshift.

The engine feels much smoother under acceleration too, while the lower noise levels allow you to join a fast flowing motorway without the radio being drowned out by the din of the engine. 

Peugeot's excellent BlueHDi 2.0-litre diesel is also available, with higher levels of refinement and more torque. However, while all three versions - 120PS, 150PS and 180PS - impress with more power, faster acceleration and lower noise levels, they will only make sense if you plan to utilise the Experts' towing ability. 

Both the 120PS and 150PS engine will shift 2.5 tonnes when hooked to a braked trailer, while the 180PS - which is limited to a full six-speed automatic - will pull 2.2 tonnes. Claimed economy for the 2.0 HDi engines range from 45.6mpg to 53.3mpg. 

Standard safety kit is good across the range, with hill-start assist - this prevents the van from rolling backwards - vehicle stability control and tyre pressure monitoring all included. Peugeot's Grip Control system is also available on most models, which provides enhanced traction control in mud, snow and ice. 

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