July 29, 2022 By Kevin C. Limjoco Photos by Andreas N. Delos Reyes

2022 Peugeot Traveller Premium

The Bourreau de Travail

The 2022 Peugeot Traveller Premium full-size van is the largest vehicle in the Philippine stable of French vehicles. It has been available before with the previous official Peugeot distributor but it had less updated equipment, used a 6-speed automatic transmission, it had captain chairs, larger sliding and retractable dual tables, and sold for PhP 3,440,000.00. The updated Traveller uses an 8-speed gearbox managed by the same rotary dashboard controller as before with a manual override and steering wheel paddleshifts when needed and sells for PhP 3,090,000.00 which is a huge drop in retail price.

The new transmission makes the fairly large, practical, and spacious 8-seater more fuel efficient with improved drivability. There are still foldable tables but now they are small units that fold out front the front seats which makes more sense. The 7-inch central touchscreen has Bluetooth and MirrorLink (Apple CarPlay® & Android Auto™ Function) connectivity. The USB ports are not as plentiful as those found in a Toyota HiAce GL Grandia, but it does have an excellent HUD (Head Up Display), an additional 3.5-inch driver information screen, an additional driver mirror to view rear passengers, removable 2nd and 3rd rows for versatile cargo/passenger management, unique panoramic dual roofs with blinds, nicely designed Claudia leather seats, dual powered sliding doors, and HID projector headlights with DRL (however I feel that the system is only about 20% brighter than halogen, new LED units would work way better).

Our test unit came in Bianca White, the other available colors are Artense Grey and Nera Black. The new Peugeot Traveller Premium is good looking and is packaged well. The suspension is fully independent on both ends and the brakes are appropriately strong. The Efficient Modular Platform 2 (EMP2) chassis is very robust with a long wheelbase of 3275 mm. The driver seat actually has a massager and heater while the front passenger only has the heating feature.

The 17-inch alloys are wrapped with tall Michelin Agilis 215/60R17 104/102H all-season tires which are alright but they feel more appropriate for commercial use rather than for passenger comfort. Other carried offer features are present, from the 180-degree aerial view rear camera supported by both front and rear parking sensors, sun blinds on the second row seats, LED fog lamps and LED DRL, multiple power outlets that include USB as well as 12V and 220V sockets, multiple safety measures and airbags with the assurance of a 5-star EuroNCAP safety rating, to LED ambient interior lighting, automatic rain-sensing wipers, auto-dimming mirror, cruise control, and a strong three-zone climate control system.

The Peugeot Traveller Premium may be the most seasoned model in the stable, but it is a very good and solid van that is pleasant to pilot and comfortable for the 7 passengers without sacrificing rear trunk space. In the sense of value, drivability, fuel efficiency, capacity, and packaging, I highly recommend this uncommon alternative van with its own unique charisma. It just looks very dated when you see it in the showroom floor flanked by the exuberant 2008, 3008, and 5008 models.

Specifications

Engine

Engine Inline-4
Displacement 1977 cc
Cylinder Head dohc 16V
Fuel Injector Direct Injection Intercooled Turbodiesel
Max Power (bhp @ rpm) 150 bhp @ 4000 rpm
Max Torque (lb/ft @ rpm) 251 lb-ft @ 2000 rpm
Transmission 8-Speed AT

Performance

Top Speed 192 km/h (120 mph)
0-100 km/h | 0-62 mph 10.1 sec.

Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions

Fuel Milage (km/l) 5.4 L/100 km Overall

Ratings

Price as Tested (PHP) PhP 3,090,000.00
What's Great Very nicely balanced full featured mini-van, well-designed, agile and surprisingly swift, very fuel efficient and comfortable.
What's Not So Price. Needs a thorough design and packaging update to also be consistent with its smaller brethren.
C! Editors Rating 9/10
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