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Peugeot Expert review

Costs & verdict

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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Peugeot no longer discounts its vans as much as it used to, but while that may mean you'll pay more up front, it also means that your van should hold on to more of its value than it would otherwise. And don't think that makes the Peugeot Expert overly expensive, either, because it should still cost you less than an equivalent Vauxhall Vivaro or Citroën Dispatch.

For the most economical van, you’ll want to stick with the 1.5-litre engine. The most frugal version is the Blue HDi100, with an official 44.2mpg and CO2 emissions of 130g/km.

In terms of trim levels, we'd suggest opting for Professional, because it brings an infotainment touchscreen, air conditioning, an under-seat storage compartment and the load-through bulkhead. The range-topping Asphalt is a tempting choice but quite a step up in price. 

Options worth considering are Park Assist 180 (which is fitted to the Asphalt models as standard). This brings a rear-view camera that can be zoomed in to give you a clearer idea of how much space you have. Another feature worth considering is the head-up display, which helps you keep your eyes on the road and is therefore an added safety benefit.

Other safety features include the Safety Pack (again, standard on Asphalt), which includes lane departure warning, speed limit recognition, driver attention monitoring and smart headlights. The Driver Assist Pack (another Asphalt staple) gives you adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking and a distance alert system.

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Verdict

The Peugeot Expert has been reinvented as one of the most economical, practical and (if you’re willing to spend the money) safest mid-size vans. It’s also engaging to drive, comfortable and inexpensive to run.

  • Comfort and handling
  • Wide choice of engines and sizes
  • Classy interior
  • Poor visibility
  • Needs bigger door mirrors
  • Added safety comes at a price