You can pick up a Partner Tepee for around the same price as a reasonably specced small car, but we’d recommend spending a little more on a Puretech 110 model. This has lower CO2 emissions and better fuel economy, and is more muscular to boot.
Although Active trim is tempting if you just need a cheap family hauler, we’d be tempted to upgrade to Outdoor. The alloy wheels, SUV-inspired styling touches, leather steering wheel and roof bars add kerbside appeal, while the electric folding door mirrors and parking sensors in the front and rear will make your life easier. Importantly, you also get individual rear seats and a 7.0in touchscreen infotainment system, although you’ll need to pay extra for sat-nav.
Unfortunately, safety isn’t the Partner Tepee’s strong point. It only managed a three-star Euro NCAP crash test rating, performing significantly worse than the four-star Volkswagen Caddy Life and five-star Ford Tourneo Connect.