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Makes sense provided you buy from the cheaper end of the range
12 May 2008

What is it?

This is the Peugeot’s badge-engineered version of the Citroën Berlingo Multispace. This time around, it’s the lower-powered 89bhp 1.6 HDi that we test, since in order to get the 108bhp version that powered the Berlingo we tested, you’ll have to go for the quasi-SUV Outdoor model.

That’s not necessarily a bad thing; the Outdoor model gets six airbags, chunkier styling, raised suspension and an under-body engine guard – but at over £15,000 it’s getting dangerously close to ‘real’ MPV prives.

So while the Peugeot Partner Tepee 1.6 HDi 90 S might have a silly name, it is undoubtedly a more sensible proposition, especially if value for money is a top priority.

What’s it like?

Almost identical to the Berlingo is the short answer. And that means good refinement levels, and a generally very car-like driving experience. The Partner also shares its sibling’s dynamic flaws, which means a firm, slightly crashy ride and an awkwardly angled steering wheel (although considering its light commercial underpinnings, that’s easy enough to forgive).

The 89bhp 1560cc turbodiesel can’t deliver the punch of the more powerful 108bhp version, but the performance gap doesn’t feel that great. It’s not going to win any drag races, but it feels quicker than its 15.9sec 0-62mph time suggests. What disappoints, however, is the HDi 90’s fuel consumption; 49.5mpg on a combined cycle is actually 0.9 mpg shy of the claims made for the more powerful HDI 110.

On other MPV criteria, the Peugeot scores as well as the Citroen, offering the same combination of versatile seating and ingenious cubby holes, including a roof-mounted interior stowage compartment and a removable centre console.

However, making the Partner into the flexible MPV it ought to be requires an expensive trip to the options list, with the overhead storage, removable rear seats and ESP being extra-cost items. Even a moderate options workout is pushing the Partner towards Renault Scenic money.

Should I buy one?

If you choose your engine and options carefully, then you can come out with a versatile and effective family car, but it’s far too easy to get carried away with that options list.


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12 May 2008

I hope that both Autocar and Peugeot don't loose the plot with regards to the Peugeot / Citroen siblings.

The comments (and I can't use the quote thingy) "However, making the Partner into the flexible MPV it ought to be requires an expensive trip to the options list, with the overhead storage, removable rear seats and ESP being extra-cost items."

That's fine, because that was never what the Belingo etc were about. What they did best were being inexpensive basic utilitarian transport. They were brilliant at doing that too. They were never meant to be competitors to the Zafira and Scenic.

Please Peugeot don't go down that route or we will loose another brilliant vehicle to the marketing men. And Autocar, please don't make comments like it could do with a more car like driving position and it could do with more storage lockers etc, because we already have an abundance of such vehicles on the road.

There was a reason the old one was so popular.....

12 May 2008

I know looking good is hardly top of the agenda, but what were they thinking with that grille surround? It looks like someone's had a prang and replaced the panel with a differently-coloured one from a scrapyard. Acceptable on a 15 year-old Mondeo perhaps...

13 May 2008

Teg. you're abolutely right about the beauty of these vehicles being their value as utilitarian transport. The reason the steering angle is particularly disappointing is that both the new Partner van and Tepee MPV are actually based on the Peugeot 308, although the fact that that's all there is to gripe about in terms of the driving position is actually quite a compliment...

15 May 2008

The last Berlingo and Partners reminded me somehow of the Citroën 2CV - a car which I am a HUGE fan of. They way the rear wheels sort of pivoted out - that classic Citroen stance. However, that seems to have gone with this new pair. But I still value their honest ways - they just need to keep the prices competitive and throw in some more kit! Loving the Outdoor version!

16 May 2008

Yep, I agree, another practical, useable vehicle by the french quarter. What's with the name. "Tepee" Bearing in mind that they are trying to appeal to as many people as possible. The stupid name just leaves you with die hard fans instead of a broader market. Smacks of a shot in the foot to me !

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