Standard EquipmentTechnical SpecificationOptional ExtrasIndependent Review

Driver Convenience

  • Clock
  • Door open warning light
  • Lights on warning buzzer
  • Locking fuel cap
  • PAS
  • Remote headlight adjustment
  • Rev counter
  • Seatbelt warning indicator
  • Service indicator

Entertainment

  • 4 speakers
  • RD4 Radio/mono CD player
  • Steering wheel controls for remote audio

Exterior Features

  • 2 speed intermittent front wipers
  • Electric front windows with one touch & anti pinch function
  • High level third brake light
  • Reversing lights
  • Roof mounted aerial
  • Tinted glass
  • Twin sliding side doors - unglazed

Interior Features

  • 8 tie down load hooks
  • Air recirculation system
  • Cloth upholstery
  • Courtesy light
  • Dashboard storage areas
  • Door mounted armrests
  • Driver and passenger overhead storage
  • Driver and passenger sun visors
  • Drivers seat adjustable for reach and rake
  • Front door pockets with drinks holder
  • Front passenger grab handles with coat hook
  • Heater with adjustable speed
  • Height adjustable head restraints
  • Height and reach adjustable steering wheel
  • Load area light
  • Lockable glove box with light
  • Steel cargo stop

Safety

  • "Height adjustable 3-point pre-tensioner seatbelts with force limiter"
  • Automatic fuel cut off & door unlocking
  • Drivers airbag

Security

  • 3 Button remote control central locking
  • Automatic door locking over 4mph
  • Central locking push button on dash
  • Deadlocks
  • Rolling code transponder immobiliser

Technical

  • 2 12v sockets
  • ABS and EBA
  • ESP including traction control

Wheels

  • 16" steel wheels
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Hub cap covers

Emissions

CO

0.111

CO2 (g/km)

177

HC+NOx

0.35

Noise Level dB(A)

NOx

0.325

Particles

0.037

Standard Euro Emissions

EURO 5

General

Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07

Safety Concerns?

Badge Engine CC

1.6

Badge Power

90

Based On ID

Battery Volts

12

Chassis Engine Number

Clutch

SINGLE DRY PLATE

Coin Description

Coin Gross Vehicle Weight Code

Coin Power Output Code

Coin Series

Coin Wheelbase Description Code

Coin Wheelbase Name Code

Front Brakes

VENTILATED DISCS

Front Suspension

MACPHERSON STRUTS

Timing Belt Interval Mileage

0

Hand Brake

REAR WHEELS

Insurance Group 1

6

Insurance Group 2

E

Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years

5

Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years

2

NCAP Safety Assist %

NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09

NCAP Front/Side Impact - Discontinued February 09

0

Badge Power

NCAP Pedestrian - Discontinued February 09

0

Badge Engine CC

Vehicle Homologation Class

Running Cost League Headings

NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %

12

Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months

20000

Special Edition

1

Special Order

1

Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage

60000

Standard manufacturers warranty - Years

3

Service Interval Frequency - Months

0

NCAP Pedestrian Protection %

120

NCAP Child Occupant Protection %

140000

Vehicle Homologation Class

N1

Vin/Frame No.

Engine and Drive Train

Automatic Transmission

1

Cylinders - Bore (mm)

75

Catalytic Convertor

1

CC

1560

Compression Ratio

Cooling System

WATER

Cylinder Layout

IN-LINE

Cylinders

4

Engine Layout

FRONT TRANSVERSE

Engine Make

Fuel Delivery

COMMON RAIL

Fuel Delivery

DIESEL

Gears

5 SPEED

Manual Transmission

1

Number of Valves

16

Cylinders - Stroke (mm)

88.3

Camshaft

DOHC

Fuel Consumption

EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies

1

EC Combined (mpg)

42.2

EC Extra Urban (mpg)

45.6

EC Urban (mpg)

35.8

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)

17.1

Engine Power - BHP

90

Engine Power - KW

66

Engine Power - RPM

4000

Engine Torque - LBS.FT

132

Engine Torque - MKG

18.4

Engine Torque - NM

180

Engine Torque - RPM

1500

Top Speed

90

Tyres

Alloys?

1

Automatic Clutch

1

Plated 3rd Axle

Plated 4th Axle

Space Saver?

1

Tyre Make

Tyre Size Front

215/60 R16

Tyre Size Rear

215/60 R16

Tyre Size Spare

FULL SIZE

Wheel Style

Wheel Type

16" STEEL

Vehicle Dimensions

Height

1980

Height (including roof rails)

Length

4805

Load Height

1449

Load Length

2254

Load Space Width Between Wheel Arches

1250

Side Load Door Height

1293

Side Load Door Width

996

Turning Circle - Wall to Wall

Wheelbase

3000

Width

1986

Width (including mirrors)

2194

Weight and Capacities

Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb

12.18

Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)

80

Gross Train Weight

4333

Gross Vehicle Weight

2661

Load Space Volume

5

Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)

Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)

Luggage Capacity - 2nd Row Seats Removed

Luggage Capacity - 2nd Row Seats Up

Luggage Capacity - 3rd Row Seats Down

Luggage Capacity - 3rd Row Seats Removed

Luggage Capacity - 3rd Row Seats Up

Max. Roof Load

170

Max. Towing Weight - Braked

1672

Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked

750

Minimum Kerbweight

1673

No. of Seats

3

Max. Loading Weight

988

On The Road

Driver Convenience

Exterior Features

Interior Features

Packs

Paintwork

Safety

Security

Technical

Trim

Summary

Despite the recent growth in sales of ever-larger compact vans, you can see why so many operators still choose to play it safe and opt for a larger but still relatively light and manoeuvrable LCV like this one. The Expert's designers have clearly looked very closely at what modern businesses need and this smarter new generation Euro6 version makes even more sense on the balance sheet. It's more than competitive against the Transits, Vivaros and Trafics of this world, but whether you'd want one over its Citroen and Fiat design stablemates will depend as usual much upon the deal that you're offered and the proximity of your local franchise. Still, Peugeot's huge dealer network and tight pricing sets it up nicely here. It's user-friendly - just like this van.

Background

Want a job done properly? Then call in an Expert. In this case, we're talking LCVs, medium-sized ones to be exact. This is Peugeot's new-generation Euro6-compatible entry in the volume medium-range van sector, where VW Transporters, Vauxhall Vivaros, Mercedes Vitos, Renault Trafics and Ford Transit Custom models rule the roost. Taking on this lot isn't something you'd want to do single-handed, so the French brand has chosen to share this design not only with its partner Citroen's Dispatch model, but also with Toyota's Proace and Fiat's Talento: all these vans share the same platform. The previous generation version of this vehicle didn't significantly trouble the main players in this segment. This MK3 model though, has got itself sorted out, with more sophisticated design and larger load volumes that rival anything in the class. You get clever design, proven engines and low running costs in a package that certainly works on paper. Whether it'll cut the mustard day-in-day-out though is what we're here to find out.

Driving Experience

Engine choice in an Expert is pretty straightforward, provided you've a clear idea of the kind of work you want it to do. Sensibly, all the Euro6 units on offer are diesels and if your needs are mainly based around lighter loads and short distance urban work, then the entry-level 95bhp 1.6-litre BlueHDi unit may well be quite sufficient: this engine's also offered with 115bhp. For heavier payloads and longer journeys however, you'll be needing the 2.0-litre BlueHDi model which gives you a lot more pulling power and is available with either 120, 150 or 180bhp, the most powerful unit mated to the brand's efficient EAT6 auto transmission. A key factor behind the success of the previous generation Expert was the way it remained compact and wieldy in the manner of smaller, more car-like vans from the class below. This model's bigger of course, but it retains much of that same usability around town and rides much better thanks to revised suspension and a stiffer EMP2 platform. Special wishbone filtering dampens the impacts of our country's terrible tarmac and the variable stiffness springs and shock absorbers deliver surprising levels of comfort whether the vehicle is loaded or unloaded. Peugeot also claims that refinement is much improved this time round. And, as before, there's the option of a Grip Control traction system. We also like the 'Driving time warning system' which flashes up a dash warning after two hours of uninterrupted driving at speeds of 40mph and above.

Design and Build

This new generation Expert certainly has a little more road presence than its predecessor. The restyled grille features a smarter brand logo, while more sleekly designed side panels are structured with sharp lines and sculpted by concave door sills. There are low side protection strips and a solid black front bumper, this integrating air inlets across the entire width of the vehicle and aiming to emphasise what Peugeot hopes is a robust appearance. Visually, it's quite hard to pigeon-hole this vehicle into a particular market category. You can see that it's bigger than something like a Berlingo or Kangoo-sized Peugeot Partner but you might question whether it has the volume to take on medium range vans of Transit or Vito size. As we'll see, it has. On board, Peugeot's designers have concentrated on improving ergonomics and driving comfort this time round. You get the usual high seating position and three-person bench. And there's certainly more cab storage space - 49-litres of it in the standard van version. Providing you haven't bought in with entry-level trim, the first thing you'll probably notice about the restyled interior is 7-inch colour touchscreen that's now been added. It can work with voice control and offers the usual 'phone and media features, plus an optional 3D Navigation system.

Market and Model

VAT-exclusive list pricing suggests that you'll probably be paying somewhere in the £17,500 to £26,500 bracket for your Expert, depending upon the bodystyle you choose. As well as the usual panel van, there are Platform Cab and Crew Van options. Van customers get a choice of 'Compact, 'Standard' or 'Long' body lengths. Trim levels start with 'S', then run to 'Professional' and on to 'Professional Plus'. Buyers choose between 95, 115, 120, 150 and 180bhp versions of the brand's familiar BlueHDi diesel engine Equipment levels are a lot more complete than they used to be for Expert owners. All models now get twin front airbags, a DAB radio, Bluetooth 'phone compatibility, cruise control with a speed limiter and twin sliding side doors. As usual, there's a full steel bulkhead and a three-person front bench. At the top of the range, 'Professional Plus' models further include 16-inch alloy wheels, a rear parking camera, metallic paint, auto headlamps and wipers, body-coloured bumpers and an upgraded payload. New safety features include Road sign reading that flashes road signs up on the dash as you pass them. Plus, depending on trim level, your Expert can now come with things like 'Driver Attention Alert' to combat drowsiness, a Lane Departure Warning System, Blind Spot Monitoring, Automatic main beam switching, a head-up display and Active Cruise Control. You might also want to specify the 'VisioPark' camera system.