Peugeot Bipper

| August 27, 2013 | 0 Comments

 

 

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Peugeot Bipper Professional ATV HDi 75.

Postman Pat.

A couple of years ago our local Post Office sorting office started to deliver parcels locally in a red Peugeot Bipper. This was part of a deal that the Post Office had set up with Peugeot & it seemed to me that it was a sensible move to put drivers in a smaller van rather than the larger Vauxhall Combos for local deliveries. Indeed, I’m reading a book on Coventrys finest ‘ The Specials ‘ at present & looking at how they squeezed six blokes & a load of gear into one van in the late 1970’s, & often slept in it too, a couple of Bippers might have saved them an awful lot of trouble.

 

After looking at the cost, I’m sure that the GPO realised that the Bipper had clearly been designed with the city in mind & like it’s very car like to drive, handling like a small hatchback both around town & on the motorway. Although the Bipper is pretty much identical to the Citroen Nemo which I’ve driven before, the Bipper does feel more upmarket than the Citroen, as Peugeot appear to have spent a little more on the vans interior. Don’t be fooled by it’s compact size though as it’s surprisingly spacious both in the cab & in the back. And its the space in the back that makes this such a compelling buy, with 2.5 metres cubed load space available & a payload of 660 kg, it could make sense to look at a Bipper if you’re not currently utilising the load space in your existing larger van.

Modern vans don’t just ned to be load luggers but must offer the driver some home comforts to appeal in a competitive market. The Bipper exceeds at this too, with air con, a half height bulkhead with meshed grille, a Blue & Me handsfree system that connects quickly * & is simple to use, remote central locking, with a separate locking for the cab, an integrated A5 clipboard, rake & reach steering adjustments, electrically heated door mirrors, ABS, a drivers ladder frame protector, a radio CD, 12v plug in the cab & 15″ steel wheels.

 

From a practical point of view, the van offers a left hand sliding door, twin asymmetric solid 180 degrees opening rear doors & 6 tie down hooks in the rear load area. At just 3864 mm long, 1721 mm high  & 2019 mm wide it’s compact enough to drive it like a small car but robust enough to carry an awful lat of gear if required. I found the ride comfortable although the meshed bulkhead means the van is noisy on motorways particularly unladen.

 

Cost is the major issue when buying or leasing a van & the Bipper I drove cost £16,022 OTR. The 1.3 HDi 75 Euro 5 engine offers the driver 75 bhp at 4000 revs with maximum torque of 140 lb per foot at 1750 rpm. The tank holds 45 litres & fuel consumption is a claimed 62.8 mpg on the combined cycle. Top speed is 95 mph with a mediocre 0 – 62 mph time of 16.4 seconds. CO2 emissions are low at 119g/km. I averaged just under 50 mpg in my week in the Bipper & felt that it was quicker than claimed as well.

 

The compelling argument for taking a Bipper is that it’s cheaper to buy, run & own than a larger van if you don’t require the larger payload offered by a Partner for example. How often do you utliise your vans payload capability ? As a car driver I much prefer driving a compact van because it’s much more like a car to drive, but van fleet managers need practicality.

 

As you can probably tell, I liked the Bipper a lot & can see it solving many companies commercial cost dilemmas. Small can be beautiful as well as cheaper & practical all at the same time.

Special AKA  4/5.

 

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