The Partner Tepee is as spacious and practical as medium-sized cars come. It’s also surprisingly fun to drive, the engines are smooth and it feels solidly built.
Some versions are costly, and you’ll have to spend extra on desirable comfort and safety kit. It doesn’t deal too well with potholes and the cabin plastics are hard.
On the road
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
This is not a car for speed-demons. The mid-power diesel engine is smooth and punchy enough – you won’t have to work it hard to keep pace with most traffic. Its low-rev pull makes it feel well suited to the car. Avoid the 97bhp petrol model, and if petrol is a must, it’s best to go for the stronger 118bhp VTi version.
Ride & Handling
The Partner Tepee is surprisingly fun to drive, with game handling and decent grip. The body leans a lot, though, so make sure your passengers don’t suffer from carsickness before pressing on. Of more relevance, it rides well over most surfaces, so everyone should be comfortable. Potholes are felt too much, however.
Peugeot has done a fine job stopping such a large cabin amplifying noise. It isn’t as quiet as most compact MPVs, but you won’t curse it on a long journey. The engines are hushed, even at high revs, and there’s little wind noise at motorway speeds. Rough surfaces kick up a lot of road noise, though.