The interior layout, fit and finish
Although the engines are the most interesting change to the Peugeot Boxer, there are some minor interior revisions which affect the specification and trim levels.
The Boxer has a big and spacious cabin, but one which now feels almost ancient when compared to rivals. It’s not just that it looks out of touch, with dated-feeling plastics masked by piano black surrounds, it is also far from ergonomic when compared to the best cabins in the large van sector, from the Volkswagen Crafter and Ford Transit.
In particular, the handbrake position continues to be an issue, as it is to the right of the driver’s seat and easy to catch a trouser leg or other item of clothing on as you exit the vehicle. The upside is that cross-cab access is improved and there is more space for the central passenger.
More positively, there is plenty of storage with large door bins, a number of useful small storage points in the dash and excellent visibility. If the quality was upgraded to the level of the much newer medium-sized Peugeot Expert, the Boxer would be on to a winner.
In terms of equipment, the entry-level S is extremely basic and is very much geared towards the rental or large fleet purchaser; the heated electric mirrors are the only stand out point, but there’s also a 12v power socket, a rake and reach adjustable steering wheel and electric windows. DAB radio with Bluetooth is also standard, along with steering wheel mounted controls for both.
Peugeot then gives buyers the choice of specifying either a more off-road focused Grip trim or Professional trim, which is just a straight-forward improvement upon S.
Most crucially, Grip models get Peugeot’s Grip Control, which includes Hill Descent Assist, as well as reinforced suspension and an underbody protection plate. This will enable you to get off normal roads and on to some loser more challenging surfaces. Additional kit includes cruise control with a speed limiter, along with a lower central glovebox which replaces cup holders in the centre of the dash. There’s also lumbar support to add to the already fully adjustable seat, plus an arm rest.
Professional trim gives you air-conditioning, rear-parking sensors, an alarm and a 5in touchscreen with integrated DAB radio, Bluetooth and satellite-navigation. There’s also cruise control, the lower central glovebox, the up-rated adjustable driver seat and steering wheel mounted controls.
If you’re after the most advanced, well-equipped and therefore expensive Boxer then Asphalt trim level adds rear-parking camera and sensors, LED daytime running lights, automatic wipers and headlights and USB charging sockets in the dashboard on top of the Professional trim specification. It also gets a Drive Assist Pack which includes safety systems like speed sign recognition, Smartbeam Headlights, Active Safety Brake, Distance Alert System and a lane departure warning system.
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