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.
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.
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.
- Cavernous load area with good access
- Refined engine with plenty of torque
- Comfortable cab
- 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.
What you need to know
|On the road price ex VAT (as tested):||£28,910|
|Load width (max):||1,870mm|
|Load height (max):||1,250mm|
|Load capacity:||11.5cu m|
|Towing capacity braked/unbraked:||2,500kg/750kg|
|Engine:||2,198cc 4-cyl diesel|