Peugeot Expert Review
Peugeot, the French automaker honored the auto arena in the year 1810 and since its inception, it is offering a wide variety of family cars ranging from hatchbacks, sedans and sports utility vehicle. The brand was established as a part of PSA Peugeot Citroën that originally manufactured coffee mills and bicycles. Peugeot in the year 1995 added another heir to carry the company's legacy number series, Peugeot Expert. It is a lightweight commercial vehicle released back in the 90's. It was developed to compete against rivals in the similar segment specifically for the European market. It was only in the year 2007 that the brand came up with what we see Expert as today, the Expert Tepee. Variants launched in other than its manufacturing country, differ slightly in its external-internal appearance, utility and technology aspect. Shifting our interest specifically to the Philippines markets, it is offered in two trims, an eight and a nine-seats configuration designed with elongated wheelbase, well-equipped interiors and safety features.
The Expert Tepee embodies the guiding spirit of Peugeot design stylists, summed up in very few words; space, performance and elegance. Its design cues are balanced both in proportions and simplicity, thus creating a subtly sleek, pure and sensual look and feel. The interior styling of the Expert Tepee is one with unbridled space and elegant sophistication. A combination of exceptional comfort and premium French styling creates the desire to extend the moment, the time of a journey, for as long as possible.
The Peugeot Expert Tepee is offered in a single 2.0-litre HDi engine placed under its hood. This engine knocks out a maximum power count of 163 hp along with a peak torque measuring 340 Nm at 2000 rpm The 6-speed auto gearbox forms a perfect amalgamation with this engine, thus making it a perfect one for this French van. Peugeot Expert Tepee owing to its powerful 2.0-litre diesel engine catapults the premium van from a standstill to 100 kmph on the speedometer in just 12.0 seconds after achieving a peak speed of 170 kmph. The said diesel engine delivers a decent fuel economy counting to 11.10 kmpl which is quite impressive for a big family van. The striking features of this extended Peugeot drive include spacious cabin, rear parking sensor, 16-inch alloy wheels, standard air-con system, entertainment system with 8 speakers, easy entry seat, direct access configuration, which not only adds aesthetic value to this vehicle but also allow the passengers to enjoy natural light. Apart from these, the car features Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) with EBD, Emergency Brake Assist and Electronic Stability Program (ESP). Passive safety system employs airbags in front for driver and front passenger, side passenger airbag, front and curtain airbags and seatbelt warning system.
Mileage and Fuel economy
Fuel efficiency is the most deciding factor while buying a family car. If the engine is not fuel economical, it is ultimately going to be a costly affair for you. Peugeot's commendable fuel efficiency techniques can be very well seen in the Expert Tepee. The 2.0-litre diesel engine falls in the category of fuel efficient engines while delivering 11.10 kmpl in standard conditions.
The Peugeot Expert Tepee is designed to thrill its occupants in every possible way. The car carries a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder 16V HDi turbo diesel engine beneath its bonnet. This engine knocks out a maximum power counting 163 hp at 3750 rpm along with a maximum torque measuring 340 Nm at 2000 rpm. The 6-speed automatic gearbox is a perfect companion of the mill, allowing it to deliver power to the front wheels.
Acceleration & Pickup
Peugeot Expert Tepee owing to its powerful 2.0-litre diesel engine catapults the premium van from standstill to 100 kmph on the speedometer in just 12 seconds after achieving a peak speed of 170 kmph. The performance of this engine is decent considering the size and weight of the vehicle it is employed within.
Peugeot is one of those auto brands which are known for their elegant designing and Expert Tepee is not an exception. The 2nd generation Expert embodies the guiding spirit of Peugeot design stylists that can be summed up in very few words like - space, performance and elegance. Its design cues are in balanced proportions and simplicity, thus, creating a subtly sleek, pure and sensual exterior design. Peugeot Expert Tepee is a light weight van which is designed in completely different layout differentiating it with likes of Toyota Hiace, Hyundai Starex, and Nissan Urvan. The car features integrated halogen headlights with remote manual adjustment & fog lamps that help clear distant vision in inadequate weather conditions. Peugeot symbol located at the centre states authoritative presence of the brand on the road. Side design of the car leaves an unforgettable impression on the onlookers. The roof line is articulated in a smooth manner starting from front windscreen to the rear bumper improving the aerodynamics of the van at high speeds.
This premium van from the house of Peugeot has got a decent dimension to ensure comfortable interior space for all its 8/9 occupants. Its overall proportions are measured as 5143 mm x 2176 mm x 1980 mm (L x W x H). The wheelbase offered by this van is 3122 mm which is pretty good to offer a roomy interior.
The interior styling of the Expert Tepee is one with unbridled space and elegant sophistication. A combination of exceptional comfort and premium French styling creates the desire to extend the moment, the time of a journey, for as long as possible. Drive it to experience it. The leather-wrapped steering wheel comes with brand logo placed smartly in the centre and offers features like height adjustable front seats and telescopic facility in steering. Both the passengers at the front and the rear seat can sit in peace with the standard air-con and rear air vents. Moreover to highlight the style, chrome inserts have been appointed to the steering wheel, door handle and gear shift lever knob. The new Peugeot Expert Tepee has actually got much more than what there was in the earlier version. The Expert Tepee interior though looks simple but offers some high-quality plastic and premium quality fabric finish. Its improved ergonomics, bold interior styling and intelligently designed dashboard give it an easy to go, handy look.
Talking about comfort and convenience that you can avail in your Peugeot Tepee, there are plenty of them. This premium drive has got plenty of petty storage compartments and pockets so that you may keep the handy things in the cabin. Apart from it, the standard front air con and rear air vents make the drives more comfortable. Premium quality seats, leather wrapped steering wheel with logo inserts, all power with anti-pinch windows are just another additions to its comfort front. The striking feature of this van is its instrument panel which displays speed limiter, trip distance recorder, service indicator, total distance recorder, gear change indicator, and trip computer which not only add aesthetic value to this vehicle but also allow the passengers to have a fun family time.
Peugeot Tepee has decent interior measurements which provide comfort to all its occupants. Not only the passengers get ample space but also their luggage is taken good care of. This van has a capacity of swallowing 1195 litres of luggage in its standard boot. So you can lade your luggage on long journeys and can further expand the boot space, if required, by split folding the rear seats in 60:40 ratio. This cargo space, with all its seats up, is no less in comparison to other similar segment vans in the market plus it helps Tepee score a perfect ten on utility front.
Engine and Performance
The Peugeot Expert Tepee houses a 2.0-litre powerhouse placed under its hood. This engine comes with a turbocharger, 4 Inline cylinders, 16 Valve, which makes this 2.0-litre engine more efficient and economical. Expert Tepee 4-inline cylinder engine generates a peak power measuring 163 PS and a maximum torque measuring 340 Nm at 2000 rpm. This diesel engine is mated to a 6-speed automatic gearbox with front wheel drive to deliver the satisfactory performance expected by the customers from a Peugeot drive.
Stereo and Accessories
The car has ample amount of features in its fun segment to keep its occupants entertained. The Peugeot Expert Tepee is loaded with an eight-speaker audio system, though it misses audio-cruise control switch mounted steering wheel, it has AM, FM, CD, MP3, USB and AUX connectivity surrounded with a multi-functional display on the dashboard.
The stylish wheels of Peugeot Expert Tepee add more sportiness to its exterior helping it giving an irresistible drive. The Expert Tepee comes fitted with 16-inch alloy wheels and has a tire size of 215/60 R16 for both the eight and nine-seater trims. These stylish and strong wheels are designed to add more to the performance apart from adding to Tepee's aesthetic value.
Braking and Handling
Peugeot Expert Tepee can be brought to halt at top speeds within a short span of time under full control owing to its braking and handling with perfectly coordinated braking-suspension mechanism. Front and rear, both the wheels comes fitted with disc brakes for the effective stopping of the vehicle. Furthermore, the additional braking support with Independent Pseudo-McPherson type with lower wishbone and anti-bar front and offset Panhard rod and coil spring rear suspension for smooth handling over all kind of terrains is also packed within. Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) with EBD keeps the vehicle maneuvered in emergency brake conditions, not allowing the wheels to get locked.
Safety and Security
Safety is among the first and foremost concerns when it comes to a family car. Various active and passive safety features are employed in Peugeot Expert Tepee which proves that the buyers' concern are listened well by the company. Expert Tepee carries a perfect exterior structure which distributes the energy after an impact and safeguards the passengers. Apart from it, the car features Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS), DSC, ASR and Electronic Stability Program (ESP). Passive safety system employs airbags in front for driver and front passenger. Other safety features packed in this car includes four-wheel disc brakes, rear parking sensor, Peugeot theft protection alarm, central locking and more.
- Stylish exterior for a van
- Good safety features
- Low-quality interior material
- Single diesel engine