Peugeot Expert First Generation 1996 Model Review

Peugeot Expert First Generation Review

Peugeot Expert First Generation Review

The Peugeot Expert, along with its close cousins the Citroën Dispatch and Fiat Scudo, is a medium-sized van sitting between smaller car-derived models and larger Transit-type vehicles. A 2004 facelift of the original 1996 van changed most of the front end, with a new bonnet and bumpers and the headlamps and indicators being combined in one unit.Peugeot Expert 2004 Facelift Model

The first-generation Expert is available with 1.9 and 2.0 litre diesel engines, with the 2.0 HDi feeling much more responsive to drive. The Expert is available as a van and also as a five-seat Combi, which is a popular choice with taxi firms. HDi models have 20,000-mile service intervals, though the 1.9D versions will need to visit a garage every 10,000 miles. Everyday economy should be around 40mpg, and with an 80-litre fuel tank you won’t be visiting the filling station too often.

Inside the Expert is quite car-like, with the 2004 facelift adding new seats with more adjustment and a CD/radio. There’s a choice of single or dual passenger seat; on dual versions the centre back folds down to provide a useful table and extra cup holders. There are also bins in the doors large enough to take a bottle of water. To ensure maximum cabin space, the gear lever sprouts from the dash and the handbrake is located on the driver’s right. There’s a standard ladder-type bulkhead behind the driver and also a useful storage shelf above the windscreen. A driver’s airbag and remote central locking are fitted as standard.

2.0 litre models have a 900kg load capacity, putting the Expert on a par with the Ford Transit Connect. The load floor is just over two metres long and is easy to access thanks to a combination of wide-opening rear doors and sliding side doors.

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