The passenger car versions of the 206 replacement, the 207, have been a huge hit in the UK which may go some way to explaining why it took so long for the light commercials to appear. They finally went on sale in the Autumn of 2007, but are currently available solely with white paintwork.
Three engine options are up for grabs; a 1.4-litre petrol, a 1.4-litre HDi and a 1.6-litre HDi. The 1.4HDi will be the big seller in the van market and it produces 68hp, with 160Nm of peak torque on tap from 1,750rpm. The 1.6HDi manages 90hp and an impressive 215Nm, once again available from 1,750rpm.
The front wheels are driven via a five-speed manual gearbox and braking is taken care of by ventilated discs at the front and drums at the rear, with the 1.6HDi uprated to rear discs. ABS comes as standard with ESP on the options list.
Suspension is independent at the front with MacPherson struts, springs and dampers, while the rear sits atop torsion beams, springs and dampers.
The 1.1m3 load area is accessed via a top-hinged hatch and offers a load length of 1,335mm. Maximum width is 1,015mm, the height is 804mm and six load tie-down rings are provided. The gross payload is 450kg. A half-height solid steel bulkhead is fitted as standard and this can be topped-off with a grille for £85. A full length load cover is available for £47.
Standard equipment levels are high with power steering, electric windows, driver, passenger and side airbags, remote central locking with deadlocks, height-adjustable front seats, rake and reach adjustable steering column and a radio/CD player.
Servicing for the diesels is required every 20,000 miles and the mechanical warranty is three years/60,000 miles.
Load space has increased compared to the 206, but payload has dropped. There's a good choice of diesels, it rides and handles well apart from over-assisted steering, but there really should be a wider choice of colour; not all vans have to be white. Peugeot has since made four more colours available.