The 2015 Peugeot Expert Tepee dips its pinky toe in the shallow waters of the van market where it is dominated by either the Toyota Hiace or the Hyundai Starex. Both Asian vehicles have been in the market since vans were a necessity for the country and to add variety, the Expert Tepee seeks to provide variety for the consumer looking for a new people carrier.
The 2015 Peugeot Expert Tepee Adds in the Spice in a Bland Van Market
Coming from Peugeot, its styling is very European even when compared to the Starex with a similar body style, the 2015 Peugeot Expert Tepee is different in every way. The van looks big, with a drooping nose that abruptly inclines to the large front windshield that provides excellent visibility, it’s a rather tall vehicle unlike the sleek wedge shape with a flat nose of the Hiace. Overall the Tepee provides a nice airy greenhouse due to the size of the windows. The boxy appearance maximizes looks while the front and back follow Peugeot’s design language and it takes cues from its own sedans and MPVs. Under the hood is a smaller engine when compared to the competition; a 2 Literturbodiesel that powers the front wheels putting out 163hp and 340Nm of torque mated to a six speed auto.
On the inside, when compared to the top of the line luxurious Hiace Super Grandia, the 2015 Expert Tepee can’t hold a candle next to it, it’s more on the level of the GL Grandia with cloth seats, plastic dash, and bland looking interior consisting of contrasting shades of gray. That said, the Tepee isn’t meant to be a luxury vehicle but more of a safe people carrier with economy in mind. There are no infotainment systems on board to keep you entertained, just your typical audio jack and iPod connectivity and that’s it. Seats are comfortable with excellent room. Each seat also sports a three point seatbelt instead of your typical two point harness. There are no bench seats on the Tepee and that alone is quite excellent.
For ride quality, the 2015 Peugeot Expert Tepee performs quite well, it soaks up bumps pretty well, and steering is nicely weighted, albeit too light because you feel like you’re not driving a van. With the van segment becoming more monotonous, with the Starex and Hiace, the Peugeot Expert Tepee provides an intriguing alternative for the consumer looking for a van with European flair.
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