Peugeot Traveller Review

Andrew Brady

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Peugeot Traveller
Peugeot Traveller

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"Spacious and smart eight seater"
  • Launched: 2016
  • MPV
  • Diesel

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Quick overview

Pros

  • Comfortable on the road for all passengers
  • Space for eight as a minimum and up to nine
  • Efficient range of diesel engines

Cons

  • Not as good to drive as rivals like the Ford Tourneo Custom
  • Boot space not great with all the seats in place
  • Third row of seats can get a bit noisy

Overall verdict

On the inside

Driving

Cost to run

Prices and Specs

Overall verdict

"The Peugeot Traveller is a large MPV that offers plenty of space for anyone that needs to carry as many as nine people in total, be that taxi drivers, airport shuttle operators or just large families."

Peugeot Traveller Front View

The Traveller is Peugeot’s rival to the likes of the Volkswagen Caravelle and the Ford Tourneo Custom and, like those two, is based on a van. In the Peugeot’s case it is the Expert panel van that forms the basis of the big MPV. 


Peugeot has attempted to tempt buyers in with value – it is less to buy brand new than the Ford and the Volkswagen, while it has some competitive running costs, which will be welcome news to those who need an nine-seater due to a large family with loads of mouths to feed.


There are two lengths of Traveller to pick from, although both are based on the same wheelbase. The shorter of the two has a decent-sized boot, with 603 litres of space on offer, but the longer model ups this to 989 litres below the top of the seat back alone. There are various configurations of seating, but if you really need to maximise the carrying capacity then you can take all bar the front row of seats out and enjoy up to 4554 litres of space.


There are four trims on offer. The Active and Allure models are aimed more at families and private users, but the Business and Business VIP are geared more towards the executive and chauffeur market, and are rivals to the likes of the Mercedes V-Class with fewer seats and more luxury kit.


The standard kit list is decent, though, with the Active coming with climate control including air conditioning for the rear passengers, rear parking sensors, automatic headlights and a full-size spare wheel. Twin side sliding doors are also standard, along with a split rear spot such as a car park. Allure adds things like satellite navigation, an upgraded stereo and a head up display.


There is plenty of room for passengers in the Traveller, with the basic model getting a bench in the second and third rows while the Allure gets three individual seats. Those with multiple children will welcome the three Isofix points. Most get eight seats, but the Business model comes with a double front passenger seat so you can fit three into each row.


As with the Expert van on which the Traveller is based, there is only one height available, but as this is lower than 2m it means it will fit under pretty much every height restriction in your average city.


The engines in the range are all diesels, with a 1.5-litre 120PS and three 2.0-litre versions with 120PS, 150PS and 177PS. Previous versions have included 1.6-litre diesels. The 1.5-litre engine is the star from an economy perspective, with an official fuel consumption of up to 47mpg. The 150PS 2.0-litre is the other pick, with lots of torque.


The Traveller might not be as good to drive as the Tourneo Custom and Caravelle – the steering is a little numb and it is a little noisy in the cabin, especially in the third row – but it has a comfortable ride for all three rows of passengers.


There might be a few niggles with the Traveller, but its running costs and smart appearance inside and out will make it appealing to businesses and large families alike.

Is the Peugeot Traveller right for you?

If you need to carry loads of people, be they adults or children, then you might have lots of pressures on your finances from different directions. The Peugeot Traveller’s competitive running costs and comparatively lower purchase price stands strongly in its favour as a result.


Plenty of seven-seater cars, be they MPVs or SUVs, don’t have much space in the third row, but that isn’t the case with the Traveller – all passengers get a decent amount of space and there is still room for luggage. If you are the designated driver for a netball team and need to take all the club kit then the Traveller could be ideal.

What's the best Peugeot Traveller model/engine to choose?

The Traveller gets a good amount of kit as standard, so those with an eye on value will be quite happy with not upgrading to anything bigger or more well specified. The 1.5-litre engine, which is also the cheapest on offer, is also a strong economic option as it is the most efficient in the range.


The 2.0-litre 150PS is another one to consider if you are likely to be carrying a heavy load a lot of the time, or if you are towing. The extra torque will be welcome on hilly routes and for overtakes for example.


If you want a little more luxury then the Allure is well equipped, but it is a serious step up in money, with it costing more than £6,500 more brand new.

What other cars are similar to the Peugeot Traveller?

The closest model to the Traveller is the Citroen SpaceTourer, which is fundamentally identical to the Peugeot with Citroen’s twist on it. As of 2019 the same goes for the Vauxhall Vivaro Life.


Other van-based MPVs from mainstream manufacturers include the Ford Tourneo Custom and the Volkswagen Caravelle. The Mercedes-Benz V-Class offers a little more luxury and is a rival for the range-topping versions of the Traveller.

Comfort and design

"Whichever one of the Traveller’s eight seats you end up in in the standard version, then you will be comfortable and have plenty of space."

Peugeot Traveller Rear View

The only possible exception is if you end up in the middle seat in the front row of the model with nine seats, but that is largely down to space rather than the quality of the seat.


The driver’s seat is set high up and comes with a wide range of adjustment including height and lumbar adjustment as standard. An adjustable armrest also comes as standard for both driver and front passenger, so drivers of all different sizes should be able to find a position to suit them and remain comfy in it for long trips.


The Traveller doesn’t get the iCockpit that features on many other Peugeots, with a more conventional large steering wheel and instrument cluster that you view through the wheel rather than over it. Thanks to the car’s van background, the controls are all in easy reach with the gear lever set up high and the controls all well placed on the central console. Visibility is good, too, thanks to that high-up seating position.


Further back, the van basis plays in the Traveller’s favour once again as it comes with sliding doors on either side for the passengers to get in. This means it is easier to get in and out of in tight spots like car parks and that you can reach to close the door from the inside easily – a standard front-hinged door would have to swing out a really long way to allow two rows of passengers in and out in comfort.

Quality and finish

The materials on offer in the Traveller are more van than car on the whole, which is somewhat inevitable given the vehicle’s commercial underpinnings. The plastics are generally hard and seem more geared towards withstanding a hard day’s work than impressing a car-load of business execs.


The higher trims get much more in the way of interior decoration, with some chrome-effect elements and higher trims get a leather dotted around the cab, but they can’t quite cover up the swathes of plastic.


The standard version comes with cloth seats, with different designs on the basic Active and Business models. The Allure gets plenty of details that are covered in more luxurious materials, though, with the steering wheel, gear lever and surround clad in leather. There are also touches of brushed aluminium and leather seats.


These leather seats are also heated and get electric adjustment. The massage function is a nice touch, too.


The Traveller might come with plenty of kit, but it doesn’t offer the same feeling of high-tech luxury that you get in rivals like the Volkswagen Caravelle.

Infotainment

The seven-inch touchscreen comes included on all versions and you get Bluetooth and USB connectivity as standard. The screen on the Traveller isn’t the latest version, but it is smart and relatively easy to work once you have got used to its particular methods. It can be a little slow to respond at times, though.


The stereo system comes with four speakers and four tweeters as standard but this is upgraded on the higher trim so you get five speakers, four tweeters and a subwoofer. The higher version also gets voice control for the various features. One of these features is satellite navigation, which can come with TomTom Live updates and speed camera alerts, although both are paid extras. You don’t have to go up to the top trim to get the navigation, as it’s available as a cost option on all models.


However, many won’t see the need given that the basic model comes with Mirror Screen – Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Space and practicality

The Traveller is available in two lengths, both based on the same wheelbase, but there has been a compact version, too.


The Compact model doesn’t have much in the way of rear boot space when all eight of the seats are in place, with just 280 litres on offer. Peugeot now only offers the more practical Standard and Long versions, with both providing much bigger and more useful luggage areas. The standard model has a 640-litre boot that is far bigger than many MPVs and SUVs, even with their rearmost seats folded. 


The upright shape of the Traveller means that you might have to stack some suitcases on top of one another, or stand them upright, to get the full use of that 640 litres. The long model offers a frankly vast boot, with 989 litres of space below the top of the seats.


It’s hard to think of many day-to-day requirements that won’t be met by that space, but if you need more room then the seats can be folded down fairly easily, or even taken out completely.


If you do take the seats out entirely then you’ll probably need a friend to help – the seats are quite big and heavy – but once you do then you’ll be rewarded with a space that is almost as big as the van on which the Traveller is based. Remove all the rear-most seats and you’ll get 3497 litres of room, which means you’ll basically be driving a well-appointed van. Unsurprisingly.


When the seats are in, there is plenty of room for all of those behind the front part of the cabin, and the seats can be slid forward and backwards to maximise space for any row that has a particularly tall passenger in. You can also recline the seats to get a little more comfortable.


The sliding side doors and relatively high-up ride height mean that getting children in and out is all the easier, especially in tight parking spots. You get three Isofix fittings as standard on all models, all in the middle row. 


For those families with sextuplets (or two pairs of triplets or three sets of twins…) you can get six Isofix points, something no standard seven seat MPVs or SUVs can match.


All versions come with a full-size steel space-saver spare wheel.

Handling and ride quality

"The Traveller might drive a bit like a van, but the Expert on which it is based is not the most van-like van to drive. It is easy to drive for a variety of reasons."

Peugeot Traveller Front View

That said, it is not as rewarding as the more dedicated seven-seat MPVS – the Ford S-MAX for example.  The steering is light, which means it is easy to pull off low-speed moves and the turning circle is relatively small for a vehicle this big even if you have to spin the wheel several times in the process. The steering’s lightness does translate into it feeling a little bit numb, though.


The Traveller’s ride quality is excellent, though, as the suspension is soft enough to soak up the vast majority of the roughness you encounter on the road. This is the case for all three rows.


It is also a relaxed motorway companion, although the longer versions are prone to catching crosswinds and there is no system to deal with this as you get on some vans. There is no such system on the Expert either though ,so this is no major surprise.


There isn’t a four-wheel drive version of the Traveller, but you can get a system called Grip Control, which helps on low-traction surfaces like fields and snow and will work best with winter tyres if you plan on using it in such icy situations regularly.

Engines and gearboxes

Although there are four engines in the Traveller range you don’t have quite as much choice as that suggests. The 1.5-litre 120PS and 2.0-litre 150PS diesels are both only available with a six-speed manual gearbox while the 120PS 2.0-litre and 177PS 2.0-litre diesels are both auto only.


A 1.5-litre engine might sound relatively small for such a big van but it is a strong unit that promises the best economy of the range although it isn’t exactly rapid. The 221Nm of torque will help when it comes to pulling away and heading up hills, but a 0-62mph time of 12 seconds isn’t that quick.


The performance model in the range, the 177PS 2.0-litre, is comparatively swift, though, managing the same sprint in 8.8 seconds. This version is the most relaxed companion for motorway driving but the 150PS 2.0-litre diesel is a commendable performer too.


Other engines have featured in the Traveller’s past, too – a 1.6-litre diesel came before the 1.5-litre. There were two power outputs – 95PS and 115PS – and the lower powered of the two struggled to cope with the Traveller’s bulk. The 115PS fares better but isn’t exactly brisk.


The six-speed manual gearbox and the eight-speed auto are both strong upgrades on the previous five-speed manual and automated manual that went before. Where the previous versions were slow and jerky, the latest ones are smooth and much more pleasant to drive.

Refinement and noise levels

The biggest cause of noise in the Traveller isn’t the engines but rather the road and wind. The huge interior means that the sounds that make their way into the cabin can reverberate around somewhat. The seats absorb a fair bit of that, but passengers in the third row will have a noisier experience than those further up.


The four engines all manage to keep noise and vibration largely in check, though, which makes motorway cruising quite relaxed. This isn’t always the case, though, and you get a bit of a crash through the cabin when the Traveller encounters potholes or bumps in the road.


The older 1.6-litre engines are slightly noisier, especially under hard acceleration and at a standstill, but it isn’t enough that it would ruin your experience or have you shouting at the kids any louder than you would do ordinarily on a long journey.

Safety equipment

The Peugeot Traveller sailed through its 2015 Euro NCAP crash test with five stars, with strong performances in all the categories, particularly child occupant protection where it managed 91%.


This will have been thanks in part to its many Isofix points, but a decent number of airbags will have helped too. The driver and passenger both get front and side airbags as standard while the higher trims add rear curtain ‘bags too.


Other standard kit includes a driver attention alert system and cruise control with a speed limiter. The Allure and Business Plus models add blind spot monitoring and the Peugeot SOS system that alerts the emergency services in the case of a crash.


The optional Safety Pack brings a load more kit, including automatically dimming headlights, speed limit recognition, adaptive cruise control and lane departure warning while the Drive Assist Pack brings autonomous emergency braking and a distance alert that warns you if you get too close to the car in front or a pedestrian in the road.

MPG and fuel costs

"The 1.5-litre diesel is the most economical model in the current range with a fuel economy of up to 47mpg."

Peugeot Traveller Rear View

 This is some way ahead of the rest of the range, with none of the others promising above 42mpg. That said, they do all suggest they should be able to beat 40mpg as an average economy.


Older models might promise higher economy – the 115PS 1.6-litre claimed around 55mpg – but this was based on the old NEDC test. Something in the high 30s/early 40s should be more realistic.

Insurance groups and costs

There is a wide gap between the insurance groups of the various Travellers, with the cheaper models fitting into group 17E – all the 1.5-litre models are in this group.


The majority of the 2.0-litre 150PS models are in group 21E, but you step up a group for Allure in the standard length while the Long model goes up one more to 23E.


The most powerful model in Business VIP trim is the most expensive to insure and sits in group 29E.

VED car tax

Because of their size, none of the Peugeot Travellers enjoy that low a CO2 rating and VED band, with the 1.5-litre diesel the lowest at 169g/km which puts it into band I. The long models with the more powerful engines emit more than 190g/km, which puts them into band K.


Thankfully the latest versions are RDE2 compliant, which means a slightly lower first-year VED bill, but it is still into four figures for the more expensive models. These high CO2 ratings mean that all models fit into the highest possible bracket for company car tax, too.

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