The Expert comes with a three-year/100,000-mile warranty with no mileage limit in the first two years. Roadside assistance is included for the first 12 months. Service intervals are set at two years/25,000 miles. We averaged around 47.0mpg, some way behind the official combined fuel economy figure of 53.3mpg.
Remember, though, that official fuel figures seldom give an accurate indication of a van’s real-world economy and should be taken with several very large pinches of salt.
Stop/start, meanwhile, helped to keep fuel usage down. Set low down on the van’s sides, side-rubbing strips should help protect the body and its metallic paint – standard with Professional Plus – from minor damage. Like the mirror casings, bumpers and door handles, they were colour-keyed to match the rest of the vehicle.
A full-size spare wheel is provided – always better in our view than an inflator with sealant. Finally, included in the deal is an alarm, along with remote central-locking with deadlocks and separate locking for the cab.
Peugeot Expert Professional Plus Standard BlueHDi 150 1400kg
|Price (ex VAT) £24,265|
|Price range (ex VAT) £18,315-£27,365|
|Gross payload 1,484kg|
|Load length 2,512mm|
|Load width (min/max) 1,258/1,628mm|
|Load bay height 1,397mm|
|Load volume 5.3m3|
|Loading height 544mm|
|Rear door aperture 1,282 x 1,220mm|
|Side door aperture 935 x 1,241mm|
|Gross vehicle weight 3,100kg|
|Braked trailer towing weight 2,500kg|
|Residual value 19.5%|
|Cost per mile 47.4p|
|Engine size 1997cc, 150hp @ 4,000rpm|
|Torque 370Nm @ 2,000rpm|
|Fuel economy 53.3mpg (combined)|
|Fuel tank 70 litres|
|Service intervals 2yrs/25,000mls|
|Insurance group 38E|
|Price as tested £26,490|
Options fitted: Connect Nav, Driver Assist Pack and Head-Up Display (£1,375), Safety Pack; Lane Departure Warning (£700), Grip Control (£550), Automatic dual-zone air-conditioning (£500).
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