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      Launch year
      2016
      Body type
      Van
      Fuel type
      Diesel
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High payload boasting modern van

Best bits

  • Excellent payload of more than 1400kg
  • Capable of towing up to 2500kg
  • Efficient and easy to drive

Not so great

  • Compromised driving position
  • Only one roof height offered
  • Interior quality not up to that of rivals

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Overall verdict

"The Peugeot Expert will be the perfect medium-sized van for some, thanks to its strong payload and economical engines and stylish looks."

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Admittedly, there is more to a van than ticking those three boxes, but they count for a lot for a lot of businesses, small and large, that are after a van that will put in a strong shift. A payload of up to 1469kg means that the Expert will certainly be able to carry a fair amount, while economy of up to 44.2mpg is decent return, too.


There are four different engine options in the Expert range, with a 100PS 1.5-litre diesel and a 2.0-litre diesel with 120PS, 150PS or 180PS. 


The range was updated ever-so slightly in 2019 to meet the new Euro 6D-Temp emissions standards. The 2.0-litre engines were only tweaked to meet the standards, but the 1.5-litre engine is a new addition – it replaced a 1.6-litre diesel. That is a good thing in some ways, though, with the old 95PS engine the noisiest of the range, both under hard acceleration and at low speeds, which is wearing after a long day on the road.


The Expert offers a good driving experience in other regards, though, with responsive steering that makes it easy to handle at speed. It is also nimble around town with a turning circle of 11.3m that means it will match many passenger cars when it comes to tackling urban life.


The trim range has consisted of three options throughout the Expert’s life, but these have gone under different names. Up until 2019 they were called S, Professional and Professional Plus, but the 2019 update saw the range change to S, Grip, Professional and Asphalt. A Sport edition joined the range too.


The latest range isn’t totally linear, as it branches off in two directions. S sits at the bottom of both lines, but Grip is designed for those that want a more rugged van with more ground clearance and under body protection. Professional, Asphalt and Sport are all more aimed at those who want to spend more time on the road.


The Expert range doesn’t offer a solution for all users, though, principally because it is a bit of a rarity in that it only comes with one height. This does mean that it will fit into the vast majority of city-centre car parks.


There are three lengths to choose from, though, and a crew van that also comes in either Standard or Long.


The cabin is one of the Expert’s weaker elements, with some of the interior plastics tending to rattle across bumpy roads, while the layout isn’t ideal. The driving position is slightly offset for right-hand-drive models and the seat doesn’t slide as far back as taller drivers would like.


The Expert is a strong option in many ways, though, with strong purchase and running costs big elements in its favour. Add in the big payload and it will be a winner for many that are looking for a long-distance or load-lugging workhorse.

Is the Peugeot Expert right for you?

The Expert’s plus points are considerable, with its payload and economy two elements that will make it stand out in a busy market for buyers that value numbers over more detailed touches.


It offers the joint biggest payload in its class (alongside the mechanically identical Citroen Dispatch) at a strong 1469kg. This is no one-off model, either, as many of the versions can carry more than 1300kg.


It won’t just fit into your life, it will fit into many tight spots in town, too. The low roof height of just under 2m means it will make it into the vast majority of low car parks and restricted access spots. It has a decent turning circle, too, which means it should be able to get around those car parks as well.


It is one of the better value models in its class, too, with starting prices that kick off at just over £22,000. 

What's the best model/engine to choose?

Based purely on the numbers, which are the reason that many will go for the Expert, the one to go for is the 120PS 2.0-litre diesel engine. All three lengths will offer a payload in excess of 1400kg, though. This engine is not quite the most economical, but it is close enough to the best in the range to mean that you won’t pay for practicality at the pumps.


The basic trim is decent, but for driver comfort and to avoid expensive parking prangs it is worth stepping up to Professional trim for the air conditioning, rear parking sensors and touchscreen that brings Apple Carplay and Android Auto. The price step is not vast, especially if you are paying on a monthly basis rather than outright in cash.

What other cars are similar to the Peugeot Expert?

The medium van range is one of the most competitive, with the UK’s best-selling model the Ford Transit Custom and the Volkswagen Transporter T6.1 the two strongest rivals. Both offer a classier cabin and a more accomplished driving experience than the Peugeot. They also offer models with taller loading bays, as does the Fiat Talento and Renault Trafic.


If you want something very similar to the Expert but with a different badge then the Citroen Dispatch and Toyota Proace do just that – they are the same van. This is true for the Vauxhall Vivaro as of 2019, too – prior to that it shared its underpinnings with the Talento and Trafic.

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Peugeot Expert Inside Van

On the inside

Peugeot Expert Front View

Driving

Peugeot Expert Front View

How much does it cost to run

Peugeot Expert Inside Van

Prices, versions and specification

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