Peugeot Expert (2016–)

Last updated 19 June 2019

It might handle like a car, but the Peugeot Expert is very much geared up for life as a working van. Payloads range from just under 1100kg to just over 1400kg depending on size, number of seats and engine spec.

There are three load lengths to choose from - compact, standard and long - and the Expert is available as a panel van, crew cab or chassis cab.

Load volumes range from 5.1 cubic metres to 6.6 cubic metres and all vans can be specified with the Moduwork load-through bulkhead, which extends the load length of the van up to four metres.

There are no choice in heights, however, which means all vans are restricted to a load area that measures 1.6 metres wide and 1.4 metres high. As a result, even the largest Expert trails behind the Ford Transit Custom, Renault Trafic and Volkswagen Transporter when it comes to outright space. 

The Expert does get a comfortable cabin, however, with hard wearing but supportive seats that are well suited for long stints behind the wheel. The interior is easy to clean too, with chunky trims and a tough plastic floor that can be given a once over with a wet cloth.

Three seater models add extra versatility, with the centre seat folding down to double up as table and there is also a useful storage compartment under the middle seat to hide valuables.  

The raised seating position provides an excellent view of the road and the driver's seat has lots of height, rake, reach and lumbar adjustment. The layout of the dashboard is practical with a simple layout that is flanked by cup holders.

However, with each one positioned at opposite ends of the dashboard, it can be tricky to use both if you're on your own in the van. That said, the deep door bins are large enough to store a flask and the additional upper shelf in the door has a useful lip that prevents items from rolling out when you turn a tight corner.

Most of the build quality in the cabin is solid, but we did notice some of the plastics creaking when the Expert navigates bumpy roads. We also noticed movement in some of the dashboard plastics, which again raises some concerns about the longevity of the interior. The side sliding door mechanism also feels a little flimsy. 

There are three trim levels to choose from - S, Professional and Professional Plus - but even the basic versions get twin sliding side doors, cruise control, DAB radio and Bluetooth as standard. Mid-trim models get air con, a seven-inch touchscreen for the cabin and the Moduwork load-through bulkhead. The range topping Professional Plus adds alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights and body coloured bumpers.

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