If the boxy exterior doesn’t give the Partner Tepee’s commercial roots away, the dashboard certainly will. Apart from some pads on the door-mounted armrests to cushion your elbow, the dash and doors are a sea of hard, scratchy plastics.
The upshot is that it’s likely to be hard-wearing and should fend off all but the most violent attacks by children, pets or unsecured flatpack furniture. It’s a similar story with the buttons and switches; they may not be the nicest things to look at or operate, but they should be able to withstand the most robust of fingers.
Still, all Partner Tepees get a height and reach-adjustable steering wheel, plus a height-adjustable driver’s seat to help people of most shapes and sizes get comfortable. Visibility is excellent, thanks to the high seating position, huge windows and boxy dimensions. Top-spec Outdoor models get front and rear parking sensors as standard, with a reversing camera a well-priced option. All these features are optional on entry-level Active trim.
In terms of infotainment, Active cars get Bluetooth, a USB socket, a radio and even a CD player. A 7.0in touchscreen and a DAB radio are optional on Active but standard on Outdoor models. The touchscreen is fairly easy to navigate, although some of the icons are small and the system can be a bit sluggish to respond. If you want sat-nav, it’s a reasonably priced option, but only on Outdoor trim.