Put an Ex­pert to work

Peu­geot’s new van is packed with good­ies, writesGRAHAMSMITH

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Big Wheels -

AF­TER eye­ing off the light­com­mer­cial mar­ket for some time, Peu­geot has taken the plunge and re­leased its own range of vans.

The Ex­pert is the French com­pany’s en­trant in the highly com­pet­i­tive one-tonne seg­ment.

The Part­ner will con­test the com­pact seg­ment now dom­i­nated by VW’s Caddy.

But it will also come up against big­ger vans such as the Toy­ota HiAce, Hyundai iLoad, VW Trans­porter and Mercedes-Benz Vito.

Peu­geot is mar­ket­ing the Ex­pert as a high-end model with plenty of stan­dard fea­tures.

As a re­sult it has a rel­a­tively high price, but Peu­geot’s ploy is to ap­peal to van buy­ers who want a fully equipped van rather than a bland white box on wheels.

Three ver­sions of the Ex­pert cover two wheel­bases and two roof heights. The range starts with the 3000mm short-wheel­base model that has a roof height of 1894mm, and ends with two 3122mm long­wheel­base mod­els that have 1894mm and 1942mm roof heights.

All are un­der 2m tall so there is no is­sue with ac­cess to car parks and other height-re­stricted sites.

The shorter van will swal­low five cu­bic me­tres of cargo. The longer mod­els will haul six cu­bic me­tres.

Up to 1188kg can be loaded through rear barn doors, which can be opened to 180 de­grees for easy load­ing us­ing a fork­lift, or through wide slid­ing doors on each side.

With 1245mm be­tween the wheel arches the Ex­pert will ac­cept cargo on a stan­dard pal­let.

Inside, the cargo box is lined and has eight tie-downs for se­cur­ing the load. The driver is pro­tected by a lad­der-type bar­rier. A full bulk­head is avail­able for bet­ter pro­tec­tion and a qui­eter ride.

The Ex­pert driver has a com­fort­able, at­trac­tive cabin with many stan­dard fea­tures to make the work­ing day pass quickly.

Power comes from a choice of two 2.0-litre com­mon-rail tur­bod­iesel en­gines. One has 88kW and 300Nm; the other 100kW and 320Nm.

Fuel use is said to be a miserly 7.2 litres for 100km.

One gear­box is on of­fer, a sixspeed man­ual. Ser­vice in­ter­vals are 15,000km for oil and fil­ter, and 45,000km for ma­jor ser­vic­ing. Peu­geot is pro­vid­ing a three-year/ 100,000km war­ranty with three years’ road­side as­sis­tance.

Prices start at $36,990 for the 88kW short-wheel­base model. The long-wheel­base mod­els are $38,490 and $41,590.

All the gear: the com­pact Ex­pert van comes has a rel­a­tively high price, but a lot of stan­dard equip­ment.

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