To many, the Peugeot Partner is the same as the Citroën Berlingo and the Vauxhall Combo Cargo. They’re built in the same factory in Spain and are broadly similar in their specification, if not their looks. However, in any joint venture such as this, there is always a more dominant partner, one that gets its way a little more than the others or has a few more special features. The Peugeot Partner is definitely that van among this trio.
All three vans get the same engine options, with either a 1.2-litre Puretech petrol or 1.5-litre BlueHDi Euro 6 diesel engine, and each has its own front end styling. However, it’s only the Citroën and the Vauxhall that share an interior. That’s because the Peugeot Partner has its very own i-Cockpit, a design adapted from Peugeot's passenger cars and one that sets the Partner apart from its siblings.
Buyers have the option of S or Professional trim levels, as well as Grip and Asphalt specialist versions.
The Partner is available in two sizes – standard and long – but can also be specified as a crew cab that can transport up to four passengers. Manual gearboxes are fitted as standard, but there is an option of an eight-speed automatic.
Sales of the Partner as a van have traditionally been higher than those of the Berlingo, but it also competes against the immensely successful Ford Transit Connect, as well as the popular Volkswagen Caddy and Renault Kangoo.