Similarly with the new model, the old generation Peugeot Boxer was developed together with the Fiat Ducato and Citroen Relay and shared the same design and engines with its two brothers. Though, there are a few differences between these three models, and consist of unique warranties and also different prices.
The vehicle was commercialized between 1994 and 2006 and has received a small facelift in 2002. After the 2002 upgrade the Boxer was fitted with new common rail diesel engines that developed 104 hp and 127 hp. The Peugeot Boxer was offered with three wheelbases and four gross vehicle weights of 2.5, 2.9, 3.3 and 3.5 tonnes.
The latest thing to be considered when buying a new or used van it’s the exterior design. It’s already well known, that in the commercial vehicle segment there are many other features that worth to be taken into consideration and the exterior style is always left behind. And maybe this is the reason why only in the latest years, the big manufacturers have started to show more interest to the exterior appearance of their LCVs.
The old Peugeot Boxer however, was part of the old school design conception and features a big, boxy and conventional appearance that won’t make any jaws drop for admiration. While the entire body looks similar with the Fiat Ducato and Citroen Relay, the only element that proves you are looking at a Peugeot is the company’s logo placed in the middle of the small radiator grille.
The front fascia was dominated by a steeply-raked windscreen and a pretty short bonnet which had a simple and dull design. The chunky radiator grille is traversed by a thin strip and bares the company’s badge in its center. Underneath it there is a rugged plastic bumper which hosts two circular fog lamps and a big air intake split in three sections. The headlights design isn’t something to rave about either, as they feature a basic rectangular shape.
The Relay is offered with short, medium or long wheel bases which can be combined with standard, high, and extra high roof configurations. The vehicle’s load volume ranges from 7.5 to 12 cubic meters with payload capacitates of 1055 kg to 1645 kg.
The Peugeot Boxer had a fairly nice interior thus offering a relaxing working environment. It’s true that the overall design was still a half step behind its rivals from Mercedes, but this doesn’t mean that it was less practical.
Peugeot engineers have spent a lot of time to develop a functional interior and it shows. Apart from the fact that you are treated with a royal amount of space, there are also plenty of consoles and cubby holes were you can put anything you want from maps to drinks.
The build quality however was more on the cheap side of things and the old models rattle form all of their corners.
The Peugeot Boxer can accommodate up to three people in the first row of seats and all of them have sufficient head and legroom to have a comfortable ride.
The seats aren’t the most comfortable units you’ll find around but they can be considered decent with enough adjustments to keep your back safe from pains. We’re not impressed by the chunky steering wheel, but we like that it can be adjusted for height, thus helping you to find a better driving position.
Needless to say that the all-around visibility is nothing short of excellent and we also like the dash mounted gear lever.
The Peugeot Boxer is fitted with a clear meter cluster which can be easy to read in any light conditions.
Engines and performance
Engines lineup includes two diesel units with a capacity of 2.2 liters and 2.8 liters which develop 104 hp and 127 hp, respectively. It’s also worth to be mentioned that these are the same engines that power the Fiat Ducato and Citroen Relay.
The 2.2 unit is a bit lazy and will struggle every time it needs to carry a heavy load. We wouldn’t advise you to venture on the highway either as you won’t be happy with its poor performances. At least, in the city it feels more relaxed and it can manage to keep it up with the traffic.
The 127 hp engine comes with a maximum torque of 300 Nm achieved at only 1800 rpm. Thanks to its generous torque, the engine has strong towing abilities and also feels more relaxed at cruising speeds. It’s also pretty efficient and offers a good mix between performance and fuel consumption. Both engines are pretty smooth and refined which is pretty impressive given their age.
Peugeot Boxer Engines Specifications
|Engine|| Hp @ rpm|| Nm @ rpm|
|2.2|| 104 @ 4000 ||240 @ 1900|
|2.8|| 127 @ 3600 ||300 @ 1800|
Ride and handling
For its size and heft the old Peugeot Boxer offered a pretty decent ride and has good overall road manners. The handling was among the best in its class as it could’ve been compared even with the Mercedes Sprinter’s performances.
As most of the vehicles in this class there was also a bit of body roll to consider, but it wasn’t something to worry about and the vehicle had a decent overall balance.
We also liked the sharp and light power steering that was at par with its competition, permitting you to make easy maneuvers in tight working conditions.
The Peugeot Boxer offered a good mix between practicality, fuel efficiency and maintenance costs and thanks to this trio of qualities it managed to gather a lot of fans on its side.
The vehicle had also an adequate cargo volume and it was available in 140 different configurations thus appealing to a wide range of customers.
On the other hand, we are not impressed by the interior build quality and the cheap plastics. Luckily, the engines were surprisingly smooth and we especially liked the 2.8 diesel unit as it offered capable performances combined with a good efficiency.