The Peugeot Bipper is built together with the Citroen Nemo and Fiat Fiorino and all three models share the same design and technology.
All vehicles are part of a relatively new breed of compact vans which were designed to appeal for those looking for a small and economic commercial vehicle with capable driving abilities. The Bipper is offered with a choice of two diesel engines which develop 68 (Euro 4) and 75hp (Euro 5). The vehicle comes with a gross vehicle weight (GVW) of 1800 kg and a maximum payload of 660 kg.
Viewed from the outside, the Peugeot Bipper looks fairly good as it has a modern and dynamic design.
Peugeot ’s engineers have managed to disguise pretty good the boxy shape of the van and made the Bipper a bold looking commercial vehicle.
At the front it gets the company logo mounted directly on the bonnet, while the swept back headlights are slightly raised enhancing the purposeful appearance.
The grille is placed lower into the wraparound bumper, hence the front end is pretty clean. For improved visibility during difficult weather conditions there are also offered two round fog lamps which are placed under the main headlights.
The muscular design of the Bipper is underlined by the oversized fenders which gel great with the rest of the design and house the 15 inch wheels.
The Peugeot Bipper is fitted with practical sliding side doors as well as asymmetrical rear doors which have an opening of 180 degree, offering easy access to the load area.
Step inside and you’ll find a fair amount of space. It’s true that the leg and shoulder room isn’t in the same league with the bigger vans, but it’s not something to complain about either.
On the other hand, you’ll have many reasons to complain about the dull design and the cheap plastics which abound around the cab.
Leaving the materials apart, the build quality is pretty good and perfectly suits the utilitarian nature of the vehicle. We also like that despite its boring design, the dashboard is highly practical and is fitted with all sorts of useful storage places which will make your life on board easier. The center console features an ergonomic design and it’s laid out in an intuitive way with all the controls being easy to reach from the driver’s seat.
The seats are pretty comfortable for short trips and they offer proper side bolstering and adequate back and under-thigh support. With the Comfort Pack there are also offered a wide range of useful adjustments for both seats and steering wheel, so finding your favorite driving position won’t be hard. For more practicality, Peugeot offers a standard foldable front passenger seat which turns into a tabletop if the backrest is folded.
The road visibility is pretty good and the large door mirrors aid visibility, but Bipper’s high dashboard and swooping nose make the front end tricky to judge.
The audio system is also fairly capable and the air conditioner will be able to keep you cold. On the equipment list you’ll find features like electric mirrors, adjustable steering wheel, driver and passenger airbags, ABS and EBD.
Engines and performance
The Peugeot Bipper is offered with two diesel engines. The Euro 4 model develops 68 hp, while the Euro 5 unit churns out 75 hp with 160 Nm and 190 Nm of torque, respectively. Both engines feel a bit strained at high speeds but moving around the city won’t be a problem as the Bipper is fairly capable of keeping up with the traffic.
Both engines are bolted on five speed manual transmissions which offer smooth performances and come with well choose gear ratios enabling you to use the engine power to its maximum without needing to do constant gear changes. There is also offered the option of electronically-controlled manual transmission which offers better fuel consumption.
Keep your foot planted on the go pedal and you’ll reach 100 kmph somewhere under 17 seconds with a maximum speed rated at 152 kmph. Both diesels are pretty smooth and the vehicle’s sound proof is also pretty well done. You’ll also like the average fuel consumption which is rated around 4.5 liters/100 km for the Euro 5 engine.
Peugeot Bipper Engines Specifications
|Euro 4||68 @ 4000||160 @ 1750|
|Euro 5||75 @4000||190 @ 1750|
Ride and handling
The Peugeot Bipper comes with independent Macpherson struts with triangulated lower suspension arms, coil springs, hydraulic dampers and anti-roll bar at the front, while at the back it gets independent trailing arm suspension with semi-deformable cross member.
Though, the vehicle ride is more on the harsh side, as it will find hard to protect your back from the biggest road bumps. But as most of the vehicles in this class, things will start to be better if there is some load at the back, offering a better stability and balance.
The steering is pretty sharp, but there is a pretty significant body roll when you attack the corners so the road manners aren’t exactly first class. Yet given the utilitarian nature of the Bipper, it manages to stay pretty well on its wheels and it’s at par with most of its competitors.
Until recently, the light van segment was split in two clear sections namely the small ones and the big ones, but the Bipper is none of the above. This vehicle is more compact than the conventional vans, but it offers a higher loading capacity than the smallest vehicles in this segment.
Shortly we can put the Bipper in a sub-compact van segment which is a pretty new concept. Though, despite its dimensions, the vehicle is fairly practical and its engines are also economical being able to deal well with short city deliveries.
The cabin isn’t as refined as expected, but this doesn’t mean that is less practical. The ride and handling aren’t something to rave about, but let’s admit that it will be hard to find any drag racers in this segment.