What Car? says...
The Peugeot Boxer has a reputation as a low-cost fleet van, and while that might be true, there’s more to the big Boxer than meets the eye. It’s been a number of years since it was last updated, but it has had its engines upgraded in order to meet Euro-6 emissions regulations. It shares its design with the Citroën Relay and Fiat Ducato, which are also its fiercest rivals.
Available in four body lengths and three body heights, the Boxer also faces tough competition from the Ford Transit, and the joint-engineered Nissan NV400, Renault Master and Vauxhall Movano. While in the same segment, the Volkswagen Crafter and Mercedes-Benz Sprinter are often considered superior but share much of the same attributes as the large French van.
Despite a chassis shared with its Citroën and Fiat large brethren, it’s only the two PSA Peugeot-Citroën models that use the 2.0-litre engine found in the Boxer. Called BlueHDI, the four-cylinder turbodiesel unit is available in 109bhp, 131bhp and 161bhp power outputs with the two higher-powered engines available with a stop/start system. A six-speed manual gearbox is fitted as standard.
Two trim levels are available, a standard Boxer van and Professional option, and there’s also an impressive availability of conversions including dropside, tipper, crew van, Luton and curtainsider versions.
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Performance & drive
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
The Boxer’s 2.0-litre engine uses both Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) and a particulate trap to filter out harmful particles and gases from the exhaust. The result is a 90% reduction in NOx emissions and a large reduction in CO2, leading to greatly improved fuel economy.
The most economical engine is the 131bhp unit, with official economy of 47.1mpg, and it's this engine that we’d recommend. Aside from the excellent fuel consumption, the 131bhp model is a much nicer vehicle to drive than the equally frugal 109bhp Boxer. The engine is quieter and less stressed with a good deal of low-end torque available to pull you and your load forwards.
It’s a comfortable van to be in too, treading the line between a smooth ride and an engaging drive. The steering is direct and provides good feedback for such a large van.
Visibility is good going forwards, and the mirrors are well sized; nevertheless, we’d recommend parking sensors for going backwards – these are available on the Professional trim level.