Steve Cropley
12 February 2013

What is it?

The Peugeot Bipper Teepee qualifies, arguably, as one of Europe's smallest people carriers since it is just under four metres long yet offers enough knee and headroom in the rear to accommodate – and provide easy access for – a couple of large adults, without unduly compromising the front package, and leaving decent space for four people's luggage.

It is obviously related to a diminutive delivery van PSA shares with Fiat, but has two rear seats and sliding rear doors to make people the prime cargo. The French manufacturers discovered this van-based ‘multispace’ model a couple of decades ago and initially made a huge success of it with the Citroën Berlingo/Peugeot Partner. 

They have since split demand in two by making the latest Berlingo/Partner larger and more luxurious, and bringing the Bipper/Nemo in underneath.

What is it like?

It's a cheeky-looking little machine with rather odd, ‘undershot jaw’ frontal styling. There are two equipment levels, S and Outdoor, both of which come with the Fiat-derived 1248cc turbodiesel engine, one of the smallest available in Europe, producing 75bhp. 

You specify your Bipper either with a standard five-speed gearbox and no stop-start, or with a clutchless five-speed 'electronically controlled manual gearchange' that sets you back £900 but cuts CO2 output from 119 to 107g/km, and improves combined fuel consumption from 64.8 to 68.9mpg. In practice, over about 500 miles of city, country and motorway test driving, we found it easy in the conventional manual model to return an average consumption of around 52mpg.

All seating, front and rear, is very much 'sit up and beg'. The seats are firm and trim is mostly hard plastic. This car would resist the ministrations of young children very well. It also has decent equipment: remote central locking, one-touch front electric windows (the rears only fold an inch or two outward), heated mirrors and ESP chassis stability control.

On the road, it drives like a tall and rather stiff-legged Fiat Panda, which in effect is what it is. The little diesel engine needs more revving than most of its ilk, the five-speed gearbox isn't the most fluent going, and performance (0-62mph in 16.8 seconds) is only adequate. 

Concentrate on keeping it rolling, however, and you can stay with the traffic and cruising isn't as noisy as some. The steering is accurate and easy to use, but the lumpy low-speed ride drew complaints from some of our passengers. In all things Bipper, sophistication is absent.

Should I buy one?

To us, the Bipper's chief strength is that it can easily accommodate a couple of big adults in the rear, yet it's shorter than some superminis. But its prices look high to us, and the relationship with a rudimentary delivery van is obvious.

You'd be crazy not to check out more sophisticated models such as Ford's B-Max before you buy, because their base versions cost no more than the upper-echelon Bipper.

Given the Peugeot's rudimentary comforts, the Ford might well seem better value.

Peugeot Bipper Tepee Outdoor HDi 75

Price £13,345; 0-62mph 16.8sec; Top speed 96mph; Economy 62.8mpg combined; CO2 119g/km; Kerb weight 1200kg Engine 4 cys, 1248cc, turbodiesel; Power 75bhp at 4000rpm; Torque 140lb ft at 1750rpm Gearbox 5-spd manual

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Van

1 year 36 weeks ago

From the outside it looks like a van with windows, from the inside is just looks cheap.  Wait I  just saw the lack of accelation, 0-60 in nearly 17 seconds, that's gonna leave you a long time to think what you've just wasted over £13,000 on !

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

For some reason Peugeot have

1 year 36 weeks ago

For some reason Peugeot have always pitched their versions of this sort of car higher than their Citroen equivalents.  This is generally why you always see quite a few more of the original Berlingo over its Peugeot bretheren.

This time though, Citroen don't have a direct equivalent (as I guess it would clash with the C3 Picasso) and Fiat only offer the Qubo in petrol form unless you go for their pseudo off roading Trecking version, leaving Peugeot to their own devices with this one.

There is little wrong (and quite a lot right) with the utilitarian nature of the vehicle but they do seem to have pitched the price far too high for this car though.  I would suggest it wouldn't seem so bad if it were closer to £9999 - which is about where I would guess Citroen would have priced it had they offered the car.

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

The Fiorino/Bipper/Nemo are

1 year 36 weeks ago

The Fiorino/Bipper/Nemo are based on the platform of the Grande Punto, not the Panda.

Small People Carriers?

1 year 36 weeks ago

What's the point? A small hatchback can carry just as many people as this! 7-seaters I can see the point of, but 5-seater people carriers just don't make sense to me.  If you have a family and lots of luggage why not just buy an estate - more stylish, better handling and - while I'm on my little soap box - none has such a ridiculous name.  Can anyone honestly tell me that in response to someone asking, "What car do you drive?" They would have no qualms about responding, "A Bipper Tepee"!

Small people carriers?

1 year 36 weeks ago

No-one hung up by "what will the neighbours think" will buy a small people carrier; it's all about practicality. Someone I know bought a Berlingo Multispace precisely because it could carry his children and a fully set up model aircraft without difficulty! Estate cars sampled did not offer the space required unless they were ludicrously large externally and consequently expensive. Style obsessed teenagers would not be impressed but so what.

Having said that, this vehicle is just too small for practicality and as has been said, not particularly good value, unlike the Partner/Berlingo duo. I agree it has one of the silliest names of a vehicle available in the UK (now the Renault Wind has gone) and if Citroen can rename a vehicle (the Jumpy) because its name seems daft to the British, so can their Peugeot relatives.

Please can journos stop cranking on about hard plastics as well please. This is not a luxury vehicle; its life will be more manure than Mayfair!

pointless, slow, expensive,

1 year 36 weeks ago

pointless, slow, expensive, crap.

 

 

It's based on the Fiat Grande Punto

1 year 36 weeks ago

According to Wikipedia anyway. Built in Turkey. It looks like Citroen stopped selling their passenger version (the Nemo Multispace), perhaps after the horrific video appeared on YouTube of its performance without ESP in the elk test. The NCAP score isn't great either so I guess this doesn't have much going for it if you can get a B-Max for similar money. If you want a really cheap MPV and aren't too concerned about the last word in safety, better waiting for the Dacia Lodgy and Dokker to come here, if they ever do.

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