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Peugeot Boxer – Boxing clever with a good load carrier

  • Engine 4-cylinder, 2-0 Diesel
  • Power (bhp): 131
  • Torque (Nm): 350
  • Load length (mm): 3120
  • Load volume (cu m): 11,500
  • Payload (kg): 1574
  • Comb fuel economy (mpg): 34.4 (on test)
  • CO2 emission (g/km): 163
  • Price: £35,404

What is it?

It’s Peugeot’s cooking load carrier and is renowned for being a a low-cost fleet van.

It’s been around for a few years and the engines have now been updated to meet Euro-6 emissions regulations. The Boxer shares its looks and platform with the Fiat Ducato and Citroën Relay.

While it stablemates are also its rivals, competition also comes from the likes of the Ford Transit, Renault Master, Vauxhall Movano, VW Crafter, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter and Nissan NV400.

The Peugeot use four-cylinder, 2.0-litre diesel engines available in 109bhp, 131bhp and 161bhp power outputs with the two higher-powered engines available with a stop/start system. Six-speed manual gearbox is standard.

The Boxer’s diesels use Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) and a particulate trap to filter out harmful particles and gases from the exhaust.

This leads to a 90% reduction in NOx emissions and a large reduction in CO2, leading to greatly improved fuel economy.

Two trim levels are available, standard Boxer van and Professional option while customers can choose from a list of conversions including dropside, tipper, crew van, Luton and curtainsider.

What’s it like?

Our model was the 335 (3.5 tonnes) 131hp version – probably the most economical of the lot – although not the latest Euro 6 unit.

Official economy figure quoted is 47.1mpg, although we managed 34.4mpg over 300-odd miles and bear in mind we were operating more than half of that with a full, heavy load.

The engine is plenty powerful enough and comfortable both around town and on the motorway.

It provides a nice drive and is reasonably quiet while decent low end torque meant it never felt stressed, even when loaded up.

The cab is comfortable and there are a number of trays and compartments although the door storage is so low down it’s impossible to reach anything while on the move.

There are two large glovebox compartments.

The Boxer has never quite been up there with some of its rivals on terms of trim but the plastics on the latest version are much improved and appear to be pretty durable.

It certainly comfortable enough with a smooth ride and it’s easy to drive with direct steering feel which provides good feedback.

Visibility front and is fine while the mirrors are a good size. Rear parking sensors are also very welcome.

The driving position is high and seating firm with a good amount of movement in the driver’s seat along with height adjustment.

Our model came with satellite navigation while DAB radio and Bluetooth are fitted as standard, along with a USB connection.

Electric heated mirrors are standard on all models and ours also came with cruise control and air conditioning.

Options are available including a Comfort Pack, which adds automatic wipers and lights, a leather steering wheel and full climate control along with an air-conditioned glovebox.

The Safety Pack includes a passenger airbag, tyre pressure monitoring system and lane departure warning system.

What about payload? The Boxer has always been respected for its capability in this area making it popular with converters.

Gross vehicle weights range from three to 4.2 tonnes, which enables payloads from 800kg to 2100kg.

Maximum payload for our 3.5-tonne van is 1870kg while vehicle length range from 4963mm to 6363mm, height from 2254mm to 2774mm while the Boxer’s width is 2050mm.

Load length ranges from 2670mm to 4070mm, while interior height is between 1662mm to 2172mm.

Plenty of usable space, then, accessed by double rear doors plus a nearside loading door.

During our test we carried an eclectic cargo ranging from boxes through household goods to garden ornaments and plants.

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