Peugeot's beefy Boxer is big on space

Peugeot Boxer 2.2L HDi 130

What is it?

PEUGEOT’s contender in the large panel van sector, the Boxer is well suited to businesses that regularly need to transport large loads. The long-wheelbase, high-roof test model seemed particularly cavernous and just the job for lugging lengthy or bulky items.

The Boxer van comes in four different lengths and three different height variants. With a cargo space measuring 3,120mm in length, width of 1,870mm and height of 1,932mm, our 2.2L HDi 130 test van offers a substantial loadspace of 11.5cu m. Width between the wheel arches is 1,422mm and payload is 1,575kg. And if you need to tug a trailer, then the Boxer will haul a braked tow weight of 2,500kg.

The full model line-up includes one shorter and two longer length versions.

Power comes from a 2,198cc four-cylinder 130hp diesel, which produces a beefy 320Nm of torque. It’s matched with a six-speed gearbox. Stated combined fuel consumption is 38.1mpg with emissions at 195g/km.

It a willing worker and pulls well. Although we couldn’t drive the Boxer with a full payload, there’s plenty of urge to keep things moving along confidently. It rides well and feels stable on the McPherson-type wishbone independent front suspension with anti-roll bar, and rear leaf springs.

Disc brakes all round provide the Boxer’s stopping power, allowing the driver to rub off speed rapidly.

Peugeot's beefy Boxer is big on space

Well-equipped cab offers a pleasant and comfortable environment with plenty of stowage

The dash-mounted gearshift is a touch notchy but nicely positioned and the driving position is generally good. This is helped by the driver’s seat being adjustable for rake, reach, height and lumbar support. All in all, it’s a well-equipped cab offering a pleasant and comfortable environment. There’s plenty of stowage – including overhead bins – for documentation as well as personal items, drinks and so on.

Peugeot's beefy Boxer is big on space

There’s easy access to the Boxer’s cavernous loadspace

Instrumentation is basic but clear and standard equipment includes a four-speaker stereo radio/CD player. Optional extras on our test vehicle included air conditioning – for cab and glovebox – plus steel bulkhead (£870), electric folding door mirrors (£100), automatic lights and wipers (£140), audible rear parking aid (£200), ESP (Electronic Stability Programme) (£310) and perimeter and anti-lift alarm (£200).

Access to the load area is a doddle, with two rear doors that open from 96º to 270º (an option), and a low rear sill. A second sliding side door is also available as an option.

Service interval is set at 24,000 miles or two years and the Boxer comes with a three-year, 100,000-mile warranty.

What’s Hot?

  • Cavernous load area with good access
  • Refined engine with plenty of torque
  • Comfortable cab

What’s not?

  • Handbrake positioned on right of driver’s seat can be awkward
  • Acknowledging ‘bleep’ when locking/unlocking seems excessively loud. It could wake the neighbours if you are starting early or parking late at night!

Business Vans verdict

A comfortable and capacious van, particularly suited to businesses that need to transport lengthy and voluminous loads.

Peugeot's beefy Boxer is big on space

The Boxer is just the job if you need to carry lengthy or bulky loads

What you need to know

On the road price ex VAT (as tested): £28,910
Load length: 3,120mm
Load width (max): 1,870mm
Load height (max): 1,250mm
Load capacity: 11.5cu m
Payload: 1,575kg
GVW: 3,300kg
Towing capacity braked/unbraked: 2,500kg/750kg
Engine: 2,198cc 4-cyl diesel
Power/Torque: 130hp/320Nm
Economy (combined): 38.1mpg
CO2 emissions: 195g/km