Available as:VanEngine options:1.3TD 75hpVolume (m³): 2.5Payload (kg): 610
An ideal workhorse for busy city streets with a frugal small diesel engine.
Anybody looking for a compact, highly manoeuvrable van that’s completely at home on the mean streets of Britain’s big cities could do worse than opt for Peugeot’s Bipper.
The same vehicle is also available from Citroën as the Nemo and from Fiat as the Fiorino thanks to a long-standing joint venture between PSA, Peugeot and Citroën’s parent, and the Italian manufacturer. All three vans are virtually identical apart from their badges.
The only significant difference between them used to be that Fiorino took a 1.3-litre diesel generating 75hp/190Nm while Bipper and Nemo employed a 68hp/160Nm 1.4-litre diesel. All three are now powered by the Fiat unit.
A five-speed manual gearbox is standard and there's an electronic automated gearbox option. It’s dubbed EGC by Peugeot and comes in conjunction with a Stop & Start system. ABS is standard, along with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution.
Bipper can handle a 610kg payload and boasts a 2.5m3 load area. Opt for top-of-the-range Professional specification — lower S and SE spec levels are available too — and you get a nearside sliding cargo door along with air conditioning, Bluetooth and electric windows for the roomy cab.
There's bags of punch from the small diesel and Bipper is a lively little performer that’s more than capable of coping with the cut and thrust of urban traffic. Its compact dimensions make it easy to park in even the tightest of slots.
On the downside the ride can be choppy, especially on uneven surfaces; and there’s no shortage of those given Britain’s scandalously potholed highways.
Service intervals are set at 20,000 miles while Bipper is protected by a three-year/100,000-mile warranty. In this contest it’s interesting to note that Fiorino is covered by a three-year/120,000-mile warranty.