FOR those wondering what the 2019 Peugeot Expert is, it’s a van. We know vans don’t generally excite people, unless you’ve shoved a Formula 1 drive train in a Transit or an LS1 in a HiAce, but when you organise motor sport events, vans are like a gift from God.
This writer has had the chance to experience offerings from several van manufacturers, including Toyota, Ford and Mercedes, with all of them being worked hard for 4-5 days, carting the gear we need to run an event.
Having the 2019 Peugeot Expert at our disposal for seven days was going to offer a good chance to try something new, and although there were no events planned, it was time for a new dining table in our house.
The 5.3 cubic metre load capacity in the back was more than up to the task of fitting in eight dining chairs and with the added bonus of six tie down points, we were able to make sure nothing could slide around.
We also popped the 2.1m x 1m table in there. Thanks to a feature called Moduwork, you can even flip up the front passenger seat to allow an extra 1.5m of load length for things like timber.
The rear side load doors, offered on both sides, are a great size and can even be locked in place if required, once open. The rear back doors are barn style too, meaning easier access if you are taller.
It comes with everything you might expect in a van, plus a few nice extras, including 16-inch steel wheels, rain sensing wipers, auto headlights, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a 7-inch touch screen infotainment system.
There is seating for three in the cabin, with the centre seat having a storage area under the base, which can be converted to an armrest with a swivel out table, to be used for a laptop or to put your lunch on.
The seats are pretty comfortable for a van and the interior finish appears to be pretty good, although there’s a lot of plastic. The steering wheel offers both vertical and telescopic adjustment too, so can accommodate most people.
One thing we did notice is just how much driver assist technology there is in the Expert, some of which is often reserved for passenger cars, including high beam assist, blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control and low speed autonomous emergency braking.
There’s also front and rear parking sensors, and a 360-degree top down reversing camera to help navigate tight spots and loading bays.
The 2019 Peugeot Expert is powered by a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder turbo diesel, pumping out 130kW and 400Nm. Drive is through the front wheels and a great 6-speed automatic transmission. A manual option is available, as well as a long wheel base variant.
There are even paddles behind the steering wheel if you want to self shift and go all Formula One. It’s very car like in the way it drives, and in our time behind the wheel, we saw a low fuel economy rating of 5.8-litres/100km, and an average of 7.6-litres/100km.
It handles corners much better than some of it’s rivals, with the punchy power plant providing plenty of get up and go. Interior noise is quite minimal and the cabin is a pretty nice place to spend your day.
The only negative we found was that there is no grab handle on the A-pillar to help shorter people pull themselves up and into the van. Pricing starts at $36,490 plus on-roads, making it exceptional value for money.
The 2019 Peugeot Expert comes with a huge amount of safety and in-cabin tech, a comfortable cabin, plenty of load room, and a great engine and drive train combo. So when upgrade time comes around, you should give it some serious consideration.
Our 2019 Peugeot Expert was provided by Peugeot Australia. To find out more, contact your local Peugeot dealer.