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Peugeot Boxer Dropside Review

April 20th, 2023

The Peugeot Boxer Dropside at a glance

The Dropside van has long been favoured by workers in various professions, including landscaping, groundworks, bricklaying and more. With a design that consists of a large, open load space with hinged sides and tailboards – allowing them to be dropped below floor level for easy loading – Dropsides are a particularly compelling option for tradespeople who require a practical and reliable everyday work van. And while there are countless Dropside variants on the market to choose from, the Peugeot Boxer is certainly a vehicle to keep your eye on.

Now in its fifth generation, the Peugeot Boxer range has absolutely dominated the large van market since 2006, and its Dropside variant is no exception. Despite being released almost two decades ago, recent upgrades have allowed it to maintain its status as an industry leader. With a sizable payload and efficient engine, many tradespeople will find the Boxer to be a great all-rounder for meeting their needs.

To find out more about this excellent van, as well as how it can prove advantageous to various trades and professions, keep reading.

Engines and Spec

Just one of the reasons that the Boxer has always been a stand-out is down to its highly efficient engine, and businesses who are attempting to reduce their carbon footprint will be pleased to know that the 2023 model is no exception. As of 2019, all Boxer variants come fitted with a 2.0-litre BlueHDI engine – a motor renowned for its compliance with Euro 6D emissions regulations. Not only better for the environment and your bank balance, however, as users are also offered a choice of two power outputs: either 120hp and 310Nm or 140hp and 350Nm. Overall, this means that this large van is more than capable of keeping pace with motorway traffic, even with a heavy load in the back.

On the subject of heavy loads, the payload capacity is where the Boxer Dropside really outdoes itself. With the single cab Dropside hitting an outstanding rating of 1,366kg, paired with a 3,644mm load length, tradespeople will be pleased to find that the Boxer can seamlessly transport hefty equipment or bulky materials. For instance, bricklayers or fencers are likely to find that the Boxer is perfectly equipped for use on the road and on-site, with the Dropside function naturally making loading and unloading a breeze.


Let’s now move onto the Boxer’s interior which, much like its outside, is undeniably well-designed and impressively refined – as to be expected from a vehicle that has undergone several facelifts over the years. So, what features can be found in the current model?

The Boxer offers a spacious cab that comfortably houses all three passengers. Middle seat passengers will be particularly grateful that the gear lever is close to the steering wheel, leaving them plenty of knee-room. Drivers will also find that this positioning makes it easy to manage the shift mechanism. The driver’s seat offers plenty of adjustability, and the in-cab storage is relatively generous – with plenty of cubbies dotted around the cabin and an overhead bin available in some models. Those who often find themselves travelling long distances, such as groundsworkers or refuse collectors, will not find themselves quickly becoming uncomfortable in this cab.

A simple infotainment system adorns the centre of the dashboard and includes a sat nav, allowing you to reach your next job site quickly and efficiently.

Pros & Cons


  • Highly competitive payload
  • Refined cabin area
  • Energy efficient engines


  • Noticeable road and engine noise
  • Speed doesn’t match up to rivals
  • Many features don’t come as standard

The Verdict

As a whole, the Peugeot Boxer Dropside is a strong and reliable commercial vehicle that is suitable for a number of industrial applications. Boasting an impressive payload, refined cab and efficient engine, this truly is the ultimate day-to-day work van for tradespeople. For those working in landscaping, refuse collection or construction who are attempting to choose a new Dropside vehicle, there’s no doubt that the Peugeot Boxer is a strong contender.

If you’d like to find out more about how the Peugeot Boxer Dropside can benefit your business, Van Sales UK are here to help. All body variants of the Peugeot Boxer are available for outright purchase or on a finance basis at highly competitive rates, and free UK delivery is included with every sale. For more information, please get in touch.


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