Peugeot Partner van review

Motorists keeping an eye out for a useful city van will struggle to find a better option than a new Partner to fulfil this aim.

The Partner is built alongside its sibling the Citroen Berlingo and rivals include the Ford Transit Connect and any supermini-based vans.

Prices for the Peugeot Partner Panel Van start at just £15,962.

Exterior

There are three body styles and two wheelbase options available for the latest Peugeot Partner. Those three body styles include Panel Van, the Crew Van for five passengers and the Floor Cab. The wheelbase choices measure at 4.38m (short) and 4.63m (long).

The Panel Van, which we tested, is the most sought after in the Peugeot Partner range and unlike with other bodystyles offers several different engines and payloads. There are also three different trim levels for the Partner Panel Van. These are identified as ‘S’, followed by ‘SE’ and ‘Professional’.

The Partner Panel Van can be specified with one or two sliding doors for quicker rear access. For greater security, the cargo area can be locked independently from the front doors and buyers can also add an alarm with deadlocks as an optional extra.

Peugeot Partner vans also feature large plastic bumpers to prevent bumps and scratches to the paintwork.

Interior

Peugeot Partner panel vans offer a highly versatile payload for a commercial vehicle its size.At the back the Panel Van offers at minimum a load space measuring at 3.3 cubic metres in short wheelbase form. That’s 0.5 cubic metres more compared to a standard Ford Transit Connect.

The Peugeot Partner also offers a minimum of 625kg in pay load, which easily surpasses other small vans like the Ford Fiesta Van and the Vauxhall Corsavan. This figure for pay load also matches the standard Transit Connect van.

The long wheelbase version of the Peugeot Partner offers a pay load of 750kg and 3.7 cubic metres in load space. The shorter wheelbase Partner can be specified with an 850kg pay load.

The Partner panel van is also versatile, capable of seating three adults in total. The seating is comfortable in this Peugeot van and the instrument layout around the front is easy to follow and use.

On the road

There are two diesel engines and one petrol unit available for the Peugeot Partner Panel Van. The diesels are highly efficient and include a 75bhp 1.6-litre HDi and a 92bhp 1.6-litre HDi. CO2 emission outputs for the diesel Partner range from just 133g/km to 143g/km.

The sole petrol option, available for the SE trim Partner, produces 98bhp and 164g/km in CO2 emissions.

Alternatively there is the Peugeot Partner Electric Panel Van, which is driven by an electric motor producing the equivalent of 49bhp. The Electric version of this van offers a projected travel range of 106 miles and zero emissions along the way.

The Peugeot Partner Panel Van is easy to drive regardless of powertrain choice, and the large side mirrors help to give a clearer view of your surroundings, in the absence of a rear window.

With the 92bhp 1.6-litre diesel, the Peugeot Partner can be specified with Grip Control. This driving feature allows you to adapt the van’s electronic stability programme to better cope in various low-grip conditions including snow, mud or sand.

Overview

The Peugeot Partner Panel Van is easily one of the most appealing city vans on the current market today.

It’s comfortable and safe for driver and passengers and can securely fit a lot within its small dimensions. Few rivals can match the Partner for its level of versatility and with one of Peugeot’s renowned HDi diesel engines thrown in as well, you know you’re onto a winner.