Peugeot Boxer review

Category: Large Van

Section: Introduction

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You may not think you know many people that own a Peugeot Boxer - but you also stand to be surprised, as it is used as a donor platform for everything from horseboxes to ambulances to  motorhomes and therefore far more prevalent on our roads than you may imagine.

The Boxer is relatively lightweight for a large van, which means that converters love it for its flexibility when it comes to putting a body on the back and lots of equipment inside.  The same can be said for the Citroen Relay and the Fiat Ducato, both of which share the same platform, but the contrast is that when it comes to a plain old panel van, the Peugeot has historically been conspicuous in its absence on our roads.

However, the Boxer is a large, capable and versatile van, let down a bit only because it is now quite old. The basic van dates back to 2006, and since then it has had just two significant updates: it received a facelift in 2014 and Euro-6 engines were fitted in 2016. 

The latest improvements are, on paper, less significant, and are predominantly aimed at enabling it to meet the tougher Euro-6d emissions regulations, but they have considerably improved this ageing warhorse.

Having had its engine downsized from 2.2-litres to 2.0-litres in 2016 to meet the initial Euro-6 requirements, Peugeot has pushed it back up to 2.2-litres for the newer Euro-6d TEMP requirements. Thankfully, the larger outputs mean more power, with the new 2.2-litre BlueHDI available in three power outputs up to 163bhp.

If you’re after an automatic gearbox you’ll be disappointed, as the Boxer has no two-pedal options in its range. If the six-speed manual won’t do you, rivals including the Ford Transit, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter and Volkswagen Crafter are all available with an automatic option.

The Boxer does, however, provide you with plenty of body size options, with four lengths and three heights available. There’s also the chassis cab option which is so popular with bodybuilders as well as double-cab, and minibus versions. Need a converted van in a hurry? Peugeot has a dedicated range of off the shelf Boxer vans available with tipper, dropside, Luton van, curtain-sided van or a low-floor Luton.

You can transport anything from 8m3 to 17m3 if you need to fill up your Boxer van, or as much as 1575kg in the best performing 3.5-tonne van.

If you’re looking to find out how to identify this new Boxer from the previous versions then you’ll have to have your wits about you. Almost nothing has changed since a significant redesign of the grille for the Euro-6 update. This time around there’s the option of LED daytime running lights within the headlight unit – something reserved for the most expensive Boxer vans – and a slightly more rounded bumper. It’s minor stuff,  none of which is likely to sway your buying choice.

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