With its mammoth load capacity of up to 17 cubic metres, the Peugeot Boxer – the brand’s largest van – is deservedly popular for its sheer space, practicality, generous equipment and good value.
A popular commercial vehicle throughout its history, the Boxer enjoyed sales of half a million models in Europe between 1994 and 2006. The current generation is proving equally popular, with a major facelift in 2014 updating its aesthetic to align with Peugeot’s more contemporary design language, and a new range of Euro 6 compliant engines being introduced in 2016. These have not only made the van more powerful, but have also ensured a more economical drive for users too.
The 2.2-litre and 3.0-litre powertrains were replaced with a 2.0-litre four-cylinder BlueHDi diesel in three guises: 109bhp with 224lb ft of torque, 131bhp with 258lb ft of torque, or 161bhp, also with 258lb ft of torque. Some versions have stop-start technology to increase efficiency, and the latest iteration of the Boxer delivers between 43mpg and 47mpg, which is pretty frugal for a van this size. All versions come with a six-speed manual gearbox and front-wheel drive.
Stylish and versatile, the Boxer comes in a choice of four wheelbases and three heights, with payload capacities of up to 1,900kg and a load bay up to 4.1m long. In addition, it can tow up to 3,000kg and carry a further 150kg on the roof.
The load space is also impressively wide at 1.87m, and high at 2.17m; in short. In addition to the rear doors, a sliding side door with a 1.25m opening allows a euro pallet to be loaded in that way (except on the shortest-wheelbase model), and a low load sill - between 54cm and 57cm high - helps make it easy to get cargo in and out.
Handy features within the load area include a light for improved visibility, and eight tie-down points – ten on the two longer wheelbase models – to keep cargo secure. There’s also a full steel bulkhead as standard on all panel vans.
In addition to the standard panel van, the Boxer is available both as a six-seater crew cab and as a minibus conversion, in which guise it can accommodate up to 17 seats.
The cab is spacious, comfortable, smart and modern, with good quality materials and 73 litres of storage space, including large door bins, storage under the seats, a clipboard on the dashboard and more stowage space on the passenger side. Panel vans seat three people as standard, and a document holder and writing table are built into the folding backrest of the centre seat to make completing paperwork easy.
The driver's seat is height-adjustable and the steering column adjusts for reach to help you find a comfortable driving position. For entertainment on the road, there’s a four-speaker DAB radio with Bluetooth and USB connectivity.
Standard safety features include ABS with electronic brakeforce distribution and emergency brake assist, a driver's airbag, traction control, rear fog lights and three height-adjustable front seatbelts – in crew vans, there are three three-point seatbelts in the back too.
Electronic stability control steadies the van in difficult conditions and is designed to adapt to the load you’re carrying. There’s also a warning if you’ve left the cab doors open. Standard security features include remote central deadlocks, an immobiliser, a lockable fuel cap, and a visible vehicle identification number at the base of the windscreen; Professional trim adds an alarm.
When you’re choosing a used Peugeot Boxer, you’ll find the specs generous even at entry-level. Electric heated mirrors, power steering and a 12-volt socket come as standard across the range. There’s also a telematics box so you can subscribe to Peugeot's Free2Move fleet management service, which tracks hours, mileage and fuel consumption, alerts you when maintenance is due, and analyses and advises on driving.
Step up to Professional trim to add satellite navigation, air conditioning with an air-conditioned glove box, cruise control with a speed limiter and rear parking sensors, plus a five-inch touchscreen through which you can operate the navigation, music streaming and your phone.
The Boxer should prove a reliable choice for those buying used. Before going on sale, it underwent more than two million miles of testing in extreme conditions, including half a million door openings at temperatures of between -30°C and 80°C. As such, it’s buuilt to withstand the harshest conditions.
Maintenance costs tend to be low; service intervals are every two years or 30,000 miles meaning less expense on aftercare, and the engines use a timing chain rather than a belt, so don't need to be replaced every 60,000 miles. The Boxer also runs on 15-inch tyres, which are economical to buy and easy to get hold of.
Here at Vanwise, we sell a wide range of used Peugeot Boxers, many of which are from the latest generation. As such, you can be confident of their reliability, practicality and flexibility for a variety of tasks. If you'd like to test drive one of our used Peugeot Boxer vans or any other used vans we have for sale, just give us a call – you'll find us in Maidstone in Kent, and Harlow in Essex. We’ll be happy to arrange a test drive at a time that’s convenient for you. We offer a range of van finance options, so your business can find the most suitable way to cover the purchase or lease cost. Should you be unable to find the ideal Boxer among our stock, simply get in touch and we’ll be delighted to source a suitable model for you.