This Boxer has been around the block a few times, and in 2016 it received the new Euro6 compliant engines to help it pull punches out on the road. Motoring journalist, Tim Barnes-Clay, reports.
With the arrival of the Euro6 regulations came the disappearance of the larger 2.2 and 3.0-litre engines that used to be found under the bonnet. But the new 2.0-litre engines more than make up for it. They come in 110, 130, or 160PS forms, and it’s the 130 I’d recommend. The mid-range muscle just makes carrying around heavier loads easier, and the difference lost in fuel economy is relatively minor.
Shapes and Sizes
The Boxer, like the sportsmen it’s named after, comes in a variety of shapes and sizes. It ranges from a smaller L1H1 all the way up to a L4H3, so there are plenty of different sizes and carrying capacities on offer. Payloads vary from 1,115kg all the way up to 1,900kg. Load space varies greatly, due to the number of shapes and sizes the Boxer comes in. The practicality doesn’t end there either; the cabin is equipped with all manner of spaces and bins to put equipment and belongings.
Comfort and Reliability
If you’re the type of driver who likes being out on the road and enjoys that part of the job, then you might get more enjoyment from a Ford Transit or even a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter. But, for a comfortable, capable, and rock-steady alternative, the Boxer is easily an option worth considering. It might not be the best van in its class, but the assortment of shapes and sizes it appears in, and its strong record in reliability, will appeal to many van drivers. Write it off at your peril.
Fast Facts (L2H2 335 BlueHDi 130)
- Max speed: 106 mph
- 0-62 mph: 13.3
- Combined mpg: 45.6
- Engine layout: 1997cc four-cylinder turbo diesel
- Max. power (PS): 130
- CO2: 163 g/km
- Price: £32,777