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On test: Peugeot Partner Tepee

  • Oddball MPV on test
  • Practical and comfortable
  • On sale now from 11,215
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A car named after a tent is unusual, but then Peugeot's new Partner Tepee does things a little differently from most MPVs - apart from its sister car, the Citron Berlingo Mutispace, that is (See our review and 'First Drive' we've just published).

Why? Well, the Partner looks like a van with added seats and windows. That might have the more image-conscious among you running for the hills but, as a practical, five-seat MPV, the Tepee is hard to beat.

Let's start with outright space, because there's plenty of it. There's enough headroom for five basketball players and, although legroom isn't as ample, no one's likely to complain.

Access to the rear seats is particularly easy thanks to the sliding side doors. The only issue is that small kids might struggle to see out, because the rear seats are mounted surprisingly low.

You won't struggle for boot space, because the huge loadbay and low floor mean you can just throw everything in.

The Tepee is handy when you need more space, too, because the rear seats can be folded or removed entirely for a van-style loadbay.

The driving experience goes beyond merely functional. Sure, it's not the sharpest MPV to drive, but the Tepee's ride is comfortable, it's nimble around town and it's easy-going on the motorway.

Refinement is pretty good, too - the 1.6 HDi 110 diesel model we drove was smooth, flexible and quiet.

Despite Peugeot's best efforts, the cabin is more functional than funky, but it's comfortable enough and feels solidly built.

Unfortunately there's one area where the Partner falls short: equipment. Only top-trim Outdoor models - which also feature raised suspension and a 4x4-style bodykit - have side and curtain airbags, and air-conditioning as standard. They're not even an option for entry-level Urban trim.

β€’ The Partner Teepee is on sale now from 11,215.

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Peugeot Partner Tepee

What Car? SaysRated 3 out of 5
Owners sayRated 3 out of 5

The **Peugeot Partner Tepee** is a versatile MPV that's attractively priced and gives you as much space as you're ever likely to need. It's also easy to live with, but it's a shame that it looks like a van.