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2019 Peugeot Expert Review | carsales

2019 Peugeot Expert Review | carsales

The concept of safety in modern cars has come
a long way in the past decade but for commercial vehicles safety remains something of an oversight. That could be until now. Peugeot has just launched a brand-new commercial
range in Australia, and the mid-sized Expert van is the first cab off the range. Let’s check it out. The Expert lands in Australia as the first
of three new commercial offerings from Peugeot. It is priced from $36,490 plus on-road cost
and is available in two different body links and with three different diesel options. What helps set the pug apart is its safety
credentials. Each variant scores automated emergency braking,
albeit limited, to 30 kilometres an hour along with lane departure warning, adaptive cruise
control, a reversing camera with front and rear parking sensors and four airbags. Now, the Expert is based on Peugeot’s ENP2
platform, which is the same architecture that underpins cars like the 308. Now, being based on the same platform as a
passenger car, it’s no great surprise that this does drive a lot like an ordinary vehicle. Now, for one it’s really good over bumps,
it’s fairly refined and it holds its lines fairly faithfully through corners for a commercial
van. It’s not all about passenger amenity. The Expert boasts upwards of a one-ton payload
along with a minimum towing capacity of 1,500 kilograms, making it one of the stronger contenders
in this segment. There’s space for an Australian palette
between the wheel arches and 2.5 metres or 2.9 metres in road length, depending on body
shape. Peugeot’s clever Moduwork system adds a
further 1,100 millimetres for items including pipes, conduit or hoses. Eight tie-down points, dual sliding doors
and rear barn doors are standard fare. You also get dual interior lights. However, there are no grab rails for side
entry. Commercial vans in the past have built a bit
of a bad reputation for bouncing over bumps, especially when you sit over the front wheels
but they’ve come a long way and the Expert is a great illustration of that. This car has really nice light steering at
low speed, weighs up adequately when you’ve got a little bit of speed behind you and the
body’s well-controlled through corners. So, it’s actually a car that’s nice to
spend a little bit of time in. In terms of noise suppression it’s middle
of the road for tyre-all and you get the occasional thud over sharper bumps but all in all it’s
a really nice comfortable place to be, and that’s important for people that spend a
lot of hours in these type of offerings. Of the three diesel engines, we’ve spent
most time in the mid-spec 150 horsepower variant with a six-speed manual transmission. It’s a really good combination. You’ve got a nice perky torque curve from
down low in the rev count. There’s a little bit of turbo lay but otherwise
from that point on it’s got a really strong mid-range and actually moves this car along
fairly well. The pug’s interior isn’t that far removed
from a passenger car either with supportive seats, cup holders and a clever under-seat
esky. There are cheaper fixtures and the middle
seat is rendered fairly useless with that big transmission console jutting out from
the dashboard. But the Peugeot hits the mark where it matters
and it has what it takes to shake up the commercial segment.

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