The Partner will cost you more to buy than either of its badge-engineered siblings, and also more than the rival Ford Transit Connect. In fact, it's one of the most expensive small vans on the market.
If you're looking for the most economical version of the Partner, the middle-powered 99bhp diesel engine should be the one you opt for, but in truth each Partner engine is a frugal option. Average fuel economy ranges from 61mpg to 67mpg – the same as the highly efficient Econetic version of the Transit Connect.
The Partner is covered by a three-year/100,000-mile warranty and servicing intervals are every 25,000 miles for the BlueHDi 130 model, but every year or 15,000 miles for the 75 and 100 vans.
Additional safety equipment has taken a huge step forward on the new Partner, and there are now more than 20 options available to buyers, including traffic sign recognition, blindspot monitoring, distance alerts, active safety braking and driver attention alert.
Entry-level S models get electric mirrors and windows, Bluetooth connectivity, DAB radio and automatic headlights. Professional trim adds air conditioning, parking sensors at the rear, cruise control and speed limiter, an electronic parking brake, alarm, a tyre pressure monitoring system and one-touch electric windows and folding mirrors. There’s also a much more adjustable driver’s seat and the Multi-Flex folding passenger bench that allows for that storage.
Asphalt models add onto Professional trim with an armrest and additional sound deadening. There’s also automatic windscreen wipers and the Peugeot Connect sat-nav system, along with passenger side and rear cameras. Grip models are based on the S trim and are designed for light off-roading; they get additional underbody protection as well as Grip Control with hill descent control, making going off-piste a little easier. Changes on the inside include a 220-volt socket, the Multi-Flex passenger seat configuration and an improved driver’s seat.
One particularly good option we would endorse (particularly if you carry a lot of weight in the van) is the overload indicator. It alerts you as you reach 90% of capacity and again when the vehicle is overloaded.
Another innovation unique to the Peugeot Partner, Citroën Berlingo and Vauxhall Combo Cargo is the Surround Rear View. It comes as standard on Asphalt trim models but is an option for the others, and gives you a 5.0in screen with blindspot views as well as rear views of the vehicle.
We’d be inclined to go for a Professional-spec model, simply for the value it offers in terms of additional equipment, but if you plan to cover many miles, the Asphalt has a generous package too.
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