The Boxer was born thanks to the joint venture between Citroen, Fiat and Peugeot and is basically a rebadged version of the Fiat Ducato and Citroen Relay.
The Peugeot Boxer is available in different lengths (L1, L2, L2S, L3, L4), and three different HDi engines. Thanks to a wide range of specifications, the Boxer is a highly versatile light commercial vehicle that can be converted into tippers, boxes or even dropsides.
The vehicle has a starting price of $ 18.900 and is available with both single and crew cab configurations. With a payload capacity of up to 4 tones and equipped with capable suspensions the Boxer is a trusted partner for any kind of commercial application.
The Peugeot Boxer features a pretty dynamic design with a modern and innovative style. The exterior design is a well balanced mixed between functionality and dynamism with a big windscreen that follows the same angle as the raked bonnet.
The raised headlights are a distinctive feature of the Peugeot Boxer and give it a unique appearance and also enhance its dynamic look. The wide grille is combined with an imposing bumper and underlines the utilitarian character of the vehicle. For improved visibility, there are also available optional fog lamps which come integrated in the bottom of the lower front panel. Viewed from the side the Boxer features smooth flanks which are fitted with wide rubbing strips.
Access inside is made fairly easy as the hand grabs are placed pretty ergonomically. The interior design isn’t something to rave about and most of the plastics are rock hard. The fittings however, look pretty durable and we can say the same thing about the overall built quality.
The ergonomy is top notch and all the controls are within easy reach. We also like the gear lever which pops out from the dash and is fairly easy to grab. The instrument cluster doesn’t have any fancy design and it’s pretty basic with two main gauges for the speedometer and tachometer and a big central display for additional information about the vehicle.
We’re not big fans of the Boxer’s steering wheel design, but we have to admit that is fairly easy to hold and its dimensions are well choose to make it easy to maneuver. It is also fitted with a few useful controls and it can be adjusted for both reach and rake.
Up front, there is room for up to three passengers and the driver’s seat has multiple settings to ensure maximum support. The driving position is high and offers a great view of the road, while the exterior mirrors are big enough to keep you well informed about what’s going on behind you.
As most of the vehicles in its segment, the Peugeot Boxer is also fitted with multiple storage spaces that can be found into the dash, on the door panels and even overhead. The cabin is also equipped with a useful desk panel mounted on the dash which serves as a mini-office.
Beside the standard equipment the Peugeot Boxer can be also ordered with a host of high tech goodies designed to make your life on board easier. Among them there is the cruise control, an electronic tachograph, audible rear parking assistance, rear view camera and the Webasto Heater which is a programmable system that pre-heats the cooling circuits to warm up the engine and passenger compartment faster.
Engines and transmissions
The Peugeot Boxer comes with three different HDi engines including the 2.2 l HDi 100 hp, 2.2 l HDi 120 hp and the 3.0 l HDi 157 hp. Thanks to these engines the vehicle offers maximum payload capacities between 1,100kg to 1,900kg and gross weights that can go up to 4.0 tonnes. All engines meet the Euro 4 emission standards and cope well with the utilitarian nature of the vehicle providing strong towing capacities and an adequate fuel consumption. The engines are pretty reliable too, and they can deal with almost anything you’ll ask of them.
The HDi engines are equipped with a Common Rail injection system which offers cleaner and more efficient motoring. By injecting fuel at high pressure directly into the combustion chamber, this system reduces fuel consumption and emissions and provides extra power.
The Peugeot Boxer is offered with a choice of two manual gearboxes with either 5 of 6 speeds. The 100 hp unit is matted on a 5 speed transmission, while the other two engines are bolted on the 6 speed gearbox.
Peugeot Boxer Engines Specifications
|2.2 HDI||120 @3500||320@2000|
Ride and suspensions
The Peugeot Boxer is offered with MacPherson type wishbone front suspension with anti-roll bars and shock absorbers. At the back the vehicle gets a rigid tube rear suspension which makes possible to offset the wheel axis, enabling the rear sill to be lowered for easier loading. There are also available double leaf, single leaf and pneumatic suspensions. The pneumatic suspension offers a constant ride height under all load conditions, a lower load sill and an enhanced comfort option.
The vehicle sits on either 15 or 16 inch wheels, and while the steering is fairly good and can turn the big wheels pretty sharp and with a satisfactory road feedback, the NVH levels are more on the noisy side and the cabin could’ve come better isolated.
Overall, the Peugeot Boxer is a good product and has the strong character of a true work horse. The vehicle may not be as reliable as its Volkswagen or Mercedes counterparts, but it’s priced more competitive than its rivals and comes with a spacious and ergonomic interior fitted with a series of useful modern equipments. The engines are also able to get the job done without whining too much and the truck is available with different suspensions configuration to suit everyone’s needs.