January 18, 2017
The Peugeot Boxer has had a busy few years. In 2014, it was facelifted for a more modern appearance, then in 2016 the engine range was overhauled in favour of new, more efficient euro 6-compliant engines.
An attractive front-end is characterised by its ‘floating’ grille and stylish headlights and serves to distinguish the Boxer from its ‘siblings’, the Citroen Relay and Fiat Ducato. The van’s interior has also been revamped with additional equipment and a better build quality.
Versatile as ever, the Boxer provides a plethora of options for prospective buyers. Four body lengths and three roof heights combine to provide operators with a payload range of 1115kg to 1525kg and load volumes from 8 cubic metres (L1H1) to 17 cubic metres (L4H3). In terms of trim levels, there’s Standard or Professional, which includes a number of luxury features like air conditioning, cruise control, satellite navigation and rear parking sensors. Standard models include a full steel bulkhead, deadlocks and digital radio with Bluetooth and USB connectivity.
With the advent of Euro 6 legislation, Peugeot has taken to opportunity to refresh its engine line-up. Gone are the 2.2 and 3.0-litre units of old, replaced with new 2.0-litre BlueHDi engines with power outputs of 110ps, 130ps or 160ps. The latter two options are available with Stop/Start technology.
Peugeot claims that the two smaller engines deliver fuel economy of up to 47.1mpg as well as just 158g/km emissions in the short wheelbase models. Go for the L3 model and economy doesn’t suffer much, with Peugeot’s official figures sitting at 44.1-47.1mpg and 159g/km CO2 emissions. All models use a six-speed manual gearbox.
The Boxer does offer some of the best load dimensions in the large van segment. A loading width of 1870mm is one of the widest, while the tallest H3 model provides 2172mm of headroom which is a class-best. A nearside sliding side load door is included as standard – as is central locking – while the rear doors open to 180 degrees.
One thing the Boxer has in abundance is storage space. No surprise for such a big van. There’s two large glove boxes (centre dash and passenger side), dashboard pockets, door bins, underseat drawers and a shelf above the windscreen.
With a dual passenger seat fitted as standard, the Boxer comes ready to seat three people. If you’d prefer a single seat, this is a no-cost option. The dual seat, however, includes a pull-down table top in the back of the middle seat, creating a work surface for completing paperwork on the move.