PRACTICAL PARTNER PACKS IT ALL IN
The previous Peugeot Partner and its tin twin the Citroën Berlingo can be credited with having kick-started the budget MPV sector some eight years ago. While it might be a van with seats and windows, that gave the old model great practicality, offering enough headroom for top hat wearers plus a massive load space if you folded the rear seats away. But time has been catching up with the old model, continuing alongside the new version as the Partner Origin, which had left it lagging behind where safety equipment and comfort options were concerned.
Enter the new model, christened the Partner Tepee in line with passenger versions of other Peugeot vans and Peugeot’s practical five-seater comes right up to date. Peugeot will offer two trim levels with diesel power – S and Outdoor and while S specification remains modest, climbing the spec ladder and choosing from a range of options offers those who want their practicality with up-spec equipment a far wider choice than before. Now if you’re after options not available on the previous Partner such as side and curtain airbags, ESP, rain sensing wipers, dual zone climate control or automatic headlamps, you can have them.
For diesel buyers, there’s more power too. The same PSA/Ford 1.6-litre common rail diesel powers the Partner as before in 75bhp and 90bhp options, but now the HDi 110 variant is also on offer in Outdoor spec, with a particulate filter fitted as standard. The new model is longer, lower and wider than its predecessor, translating into extra boot space with the rear seats in use – up to 642 litres compared with 624 for the Partner Origin. Fold those back seats away and this opens up to a massive 2,800 litres.
Inside, the new Partner benefits from a thoroughly modern interior, and stacks of stowage space. Cubbies are available under the floor and drawers under the front seats. Opt for the Zenith roof and there’s even more. Back seat passengers get more legroom too and better access. Wider rear doors give more space to swing legs in.
Set off on the road and the new Partner is quieter too, with tighter build quality than its predecessor. The extra power of the HDi 110 engine is welcome, particularly if you plan to tow. The only flaw is the penny flap air vents, which manage to close with the flow of passing air. What will they be like after a year or two’s wear? If you need a five-seat MPV with practicality and style, take a good look at the Partner Tepee.
RIVALS: FIAT DOBLO, RENAULT KANGOO, SKODA ROOMSTER
- Engine: 1560cc, 4 cylinder, turbodiesel
- Gearbox: 5-speed manual
- Max Power: 107bhp at 4,000rpm
- Max Torque: 177lb ft at 1,750rpm
- Max Towing Weight: 1,300kg
- Combined Consumption: 50.4mpg
- CO2 Emissions (taxband): 147g/km (C)
- 0-62mph: 14.3secs
- Max speed: 106mph
- Insurance Group: 4