Peugeot Partner review

Category: Small Van

Section: Costs & verdict

Peugeot Partner interior
  • Peugeot Partner with Van Awards logo
  • Peugeot Partner rear
  • Peugeot Partner interior
  • Peugeot Partner load space
  • Peugeot Partner interior
  • Peugeot Partner with Van Awards logo
  • Peugeot Partner rear
  • Peugeot Partner interior
  • Peugeot Partner load space
  • Peugeot Partner interior

Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

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.

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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Peugeot Partner interior

Overview

The Peugeot Partner has a great range of engines, excellent rear loadspace volume and payload maximums as well as a number of innovative new options. Those all add up to make it one of the best small vans on sale.

  • Economical engines
  • Fun to drive
  • Interesting and comfortable interior
  • Limited interior storage
  • Only a five-speed gearbox on lower-powered vans