Boxer 2.2l HDi 110 Professional
Peugeot launched a new Boxer in the Spring of 2014 aiming to make their best selling van even better. They have concentrated their efforts on six areas of the new product. Practicality , versatility, style, efficiency, quality & durability.
We tested the Boxer out over a mixture of motorway, A & B roads & when I took a wrong turn, a very narrow side road much of which was still under water.
The first thing that you notice with the Boxer is it’s looks, it really is a striking vehicle.Peugerot have deliberately tried to distance itself from sister vans the Realy & Ducato, by offering the Boxer with LED’s & a floating front grille as well as updating the interior to make driving a Boxer much more car-like inside the cabin.
Maintenance costs & fuel consumption have come down as well whilst service intervals have increased to 30,000 miles or 2 years. There’s also the addition of a lifetime timing chain as well as improved brakes & tyres to assist in cost reduction. There’s also am improved engine line up offering models fitted with 110, 130, 130 Stop/Start, 150 & 180 bhp engines.
Peugeot have driven the Boxer 2.5 million miles in testing, resulting in a strengthened body, a redesigned front scuttle, new sliding door mechanisms with strengthened rear doors, a new design for the front suspension damper brackets & a re designed injection system.
There are two models within the Boxer range, Standard & Professional. The entry level model costs £24,186 OTR. My test van was the 2.2l HDi 110 Professional model which retails at £23,755 or £29,466 on the road. This model offers a payload of 1390 kg, a load space of 11.5m cubed & a gross vehicle weight of 3500 kg.
Inside the cabin is nicely finished & feels cavernous. There’s plenty of storage space both above & beside the driver including two glove boxes, large driver & passenger seat door pockets, an overhead storage area & a drivers arm rest for longer journeys. The drivers seat is adjustable for height & depth, there’s a dual cab passenger seat & a non slip hard wearing front cabin floor covering. Two glove boxes are also on offer.
There’s a rear parking aid, electric windows, a reach adjustable steering column, central dash folding clipboard, & manual air con. FM & DAB radio are offered with Bluetooth on all models. My test model came with the addition of a touchscreen with integrated navigation & a USB input. The touchscreen is small & located right in the middle of the dash making it hard to reach as well as hard to see clearly. Perhaps the designers could have curved it towards the driver a little, although AI know why they didn’t because most of the world drives on the right.
The Boxer handled pretty well. I had the smallest engine in my test van, the 2198 cc with 110 bhp & 240 Nm’s of torque. Motorway progress though was okay & once up at speed it was easy to keep the Boxer there although I was fully unladen. The power steering was nicely weighted & manoeuvring the van was simple enough. Fuel economy on the L2 H2 was 37.7 mpg on the combined, emissions were 199g/CO2.
Although I only spent a short time in the new Boxer, it’s clear to see that just like Peugeots car range, their commercial range has also improved as they strive to get closer to the likes of Volkswagen & Mercedes Benz commercial vehicles as well as match the success of market leaders Ford.
In a market that is growing, the Boxer has come along at just the right time for Peugeot & should prove a welcome addition to their already improved & successful range which captured a 10.4% market share in Q1 of 2014, putting it third behind Ford & VW vans & a 52.8% year on year rise from 2013.