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).