The PSA group’s small van is sold as the Peugeot Bipper, Citroen Nemo and the Fiat Fiorino. Launched in 2008, the Bipper has a 1.3 litre HDi diesel engine and five-speed manual gearbox. Buyers can choose from S, SE and top-of-the-line Professional trim levels. The SE used to be available with an automatic transmission, but this has been dropped from the range.
The Bipper is available with the ATV grip control system, which offers improved traction in slippery conditions. The 1.3 engine delivers 74bhp, giving it good performance for the cut and thrust of urban life, and combined cycle fuel economy of 60mpg. It can be specified with a stop-start system for greater economy.
Although it’s the smallest of the Peugeot van range, the Bipper has an impressive 2.5 cubic metres of space in the load area. This can be extended to 2.8 cubic metres if the fold-down passenger seat is specified as an option. Folding the seat also gives you a load length of almost 2.5 metres. Payload capacity is 590kg, and there are six tie-down points to secure the cargo. The load area has a usable height of just over 1.1 metres. Behind the driver there's protection from a ladder frame on S and SE models. Professional versions have a half-height bulkhead topped by a metal grille. A full-height steel bulkhead can be specified as an option. Double doors at the rear can be opened to 180 degrees, and SE and Professional versions come with a sliding side door as standard for easier access to the load area.
For hard use, buyers can specify Peugeot's Tough Pack on the Bipper. This adds larger 15-inch wheels, side mouldings and door sill protection, a washable cab floor covering and raised suspension. It also includes an under-engine protection tray and mud flaps at both front and rear.
All Bippers have ABS brakes and an electronic stability programme (ESP). If the ATV system is specified, this works with the ESP to give better traction by braking wheels that don’t have grip. Combined with the ATV’s electronic differential, this makes the van surprisingly able on muddy tracks or wet grass.
Inside the Bipper you'll find a simple but comfortable cab that will accommodate even taller drivers. Go for the S versions and they come with a radio/CD that's MP3-compatible. Upgrade to the SE and you get driver’s seat height adjustment and an armrest and lumbar support. In addition, there are rake-and-reach adjustable steering and electrically adjustable heated door mirrors. There’s also remote central locking for both the cab and the load area, along with a sliding side door. The top-level Professional trim adds air-conditioning and a hands-free phone connection via a Bluetooth kit. Air-conditioning and the Bluetooth system can be had as extras on the lower models, but their combined price is more than the premium you’ll pay for the Bipper Professional, making it look like a bit of a bargain.