2023 Peugeot Expert Review

By Alexi Falson on 04 Dec 2023
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OnlineAuto Rating
out of 10
  • Large, practical load tray with clever tie-down points
  • Stable nature while fully-loaded
  • Impressive fuel-efficiency
  • Scarce safety equipment in base model- not even AEB
  • Basic tech package
  • Rising price tags without equipment upgrades to match
Peugeot Expert Pro Short Specs
    • 70L
    • 165
    • 4000 / 2000
    • Unrated
    • Automatic
Peugeot is amongst the world’s best when it comes to producing versatile, practical and work-ready cargo vans, with the Peugeot Expert sitting in the middle of the range as the ‘Goldilocks’ variant.

While its competition is fierce in the world of cargo vans, the Peugeot Expert has carved itself a nice slice in the segment, offering buyers some European touches without a huge price premium attached.

Just how well does the Peugeot Expert hold its own against its rivals when it comes to performance, practicality, safety and fuel economy? Let’s take a closer look to find out.

Peugeot Expert Competition

Peugeot Expert

Toyota HiAce
Ford Transit Custom
Hyundai Staria Load
Renault Trafic

Starting Price: $43,397

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How Much Does It Cost?

The Peugeot Expert range is priced from $43,397 for the entry-level Expert City SWB manual, while the Expert Pro Long manual is priced at $46,736.

Step up to the Expert Pro SWB automatic and the price jumps up to $47,849, while the Expert Pro Long automatic is priced at $50,075.

The range tops out in the form of the Expert Premium SWB automatic, priced at $51,039 and the Expert Premium Long automatic, which is priced at $52,565.

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Peugeot Expert (PRO SHORT) Specifications

Model Date 2023
Series KO MY23
Body 4D VAN
Fuel type DIESEL
Drive FWD
Engine TCDI
Engine capacity 1997
Engine configuration DUAL OVERHEAD CAM / 16 valves
Engine RPM 4000 / 2000
Cylinders DT4
Torque 370
KW 110
Fuel tank size 70.0
Fuel usage specs 6.3 / 0
CO2 165
ANCAP security rating Unrated

What Features Does the Peugeot Expert Have?

Peugeot’s entry-level Expert City SWB manual comes riding on 16-inch steel wheels, and receives a pair of dual sliding doors, rear barn doors, cloth upholstery, air conditioning, rear parking sensors, cruise control, a glazed bulkhead, a 5.5-inch instrument cluster and a 7.0-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay & Android Auto.

Stepping up to the Expert Pro adds fog lights, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, dual-zone climate control, a rear-view mirror, wheel-mounted gear shifters, keyless entry with push-button start and a rear-view camera with front and rear parking sensors.

Upgrading to the Expert Premium adds 17-inch alloys and LED daytime running lamps, as well as the clever ‘Moduwork’ flip-down, rotating workbench, 8x tie-down rings in the cargo bay and a body-coloured finish for the front and rear bumpers.

Range Features:

  • 16-inch steel wheels 

  • Dual sliding doors 

  • Rear barn doors

  • Cloth upholstery

  • Rear parking sensors

  • Cruise control 

  • 7.0-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay & Android Auto 

  • Fog lights (Pro)

  • Leather steering wheel (Pro)

  • Rear-view camera with front & rear parking sensors (Pro)

  • 17-inch alloys (Premium)

  • LED daytime running lamps  (Premium)

  • ‘Moduwork’ folding bench  (Premium)

Is the Peugeot Expert Comfortable to Drive?

The Peugeot Expert range comes powered by a 2.0-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder that kicks out 110kW of power, with peak torque of 370Nm thrown up at around 2000rpm.

This gives the Expert some much-needed push off the line, with adequate performance for a work-focussed cargo van.

Power is thrown to the front wheels via your choice of a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic, the latter of which makes for particularly user-friendly driving due to the amount of shifts needed to stay in the ‘sweet spot’ of torque around town.

On the ride quality side of things, when completely bare, the Peugeot Expert rides impressively well, and while it’s on the firmer side of things, it remains approachable while zipping around town to pick up a heavy load of cargo.

Load up and you’ll find the Expert handles heavy loads on the road well, with the suspension gear handling the heft, while the lightweight steering rack makes low-speed maneuvers and turns while loading and unloading the van a simple task.

All up, it’s a user-friendly driving experience from a capable work van that is more than up to the task of Australian roads.

Is it Fuel Efficient?

Peugeot’s 2.0-litre turbo-diesel unit is rated at between 6.0L - 6.3L/100km in the manual and automatic variants, respectively.

This makes the Peugeot Expert particularly fuel-efficient for a work-focussed van, holding its own with some of the heavyweights in the segment when it comes to outright fuel efficiency.

Is the Cabin Practical and Spacious?

Peugeot’s Expert van presents buyers with a utilitarian-designed cabin that comes ready for action, though sweetens the deal with some interesting packaging designs that make it particularly work-friendly.

Up front, the Expert’s cabin offers a tonne of headroom for even the tallest of drivers and front passengers, with a bench seat offering seats for three people.

It’s a pretty tight squeeze with three adults in the front of the cabin, though it can be done without much of a fuss, with a few cubby holes inside the dash to swallow up loose items, and some added storage options for passengers.

All up, the Peugeot Expert’s cabin is impressively spacious for the segment, and while it doesn’t offer a huge range of premium touches in the cabin, it’s ready to report for work duties.

What are the Load Tray and Payload Figures for the Peugeot Expert?

The Peugeot Expert comes in two forms, the short-wheelbase (SWB) and the long-wheelbase (LWB), which have an influence on its load tray dimensions and payload figures.

Load Tray Dimensions (Expert Short-wheelbase)

  • Length: 2430mm 

  • Width: 1628mm

  • Width between wheel arches: 1258mm 

  • Height: 1397mm

  • Load Volume: 5.3m3 

  • Payload: 1036 - 1433kg  

  • Braked Towing Capacity: 1800 - 2165kg

Load Tray Dimensions (Expert Long-wheelbase)

  • Length: 2780mm 

  • Width: 1628mm

  • Width between wheel arches: 1258mm 

  • Height: 1397mm

  • Load Volume: 6.6m3 

  • Payload: 1357 - 1389kg

  • Braked Towing Capacity: 1500 - 1800kg

Is it Safe?

The Peugeot Expert is yet to be awarded an ANCAP safety rating here in Australia, with the base model receiving a slim set of safety features, like cruise control, driver attention alerts and airbags.

If you’re looking for blind-spot monitoring, rear-cross traffic alerts, a rear-view camera with parking sensors and even autonomous emergency braking - typically a standard feature in base models - you’ll need to upgrade to the Expert Pro or above.

Our Verdict: Is the Peugeot Expert Worth it?

In a world brimming with light commercial vehicle options, the Peugeot is outperformed by its rivals when it comes to safety equipment lists in the base model, though it still commands a solid footing in the market.

This is thanks to Peugeot’s fuel-efficient engine that offers a decent amount of torque for heavier loads, the large and practical load bay and its charming on-road manners.

If you’re tossing up your best cargo van and light commercial vehicle options, be sure to reach out to one of our car buying specialists who can help find you a great price.

Five Specs You Need to Know

  1. Five-year/unlimited-kilometre warranty 

  2. 2.0-litre turbo-diesel produces 110kW/370Nm 

  3. Six-speed manual and eight-speed automatic transmissions available 

  4. 5,300 - 6,600L cargo volume 

  5. Fuel economy figures between 6.0 - 6.3L/100km fuel economy figures 


Alexi Falson

Alexi is an automotive journalist and road tester hailing from Byron Bay. He has an affection for both cars and motorbikes, a great admiration for the simplicity of old-school engineering, and a fascination of new technology making its way to modern cars. When he's not road testing, you'll find him surfing, hiking or helping people find their dream cars.

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