The interior layout, fit and finish
Many vans claim to focus on the driver, but few manage it as well as the Peugeot Partner. The i-Cockpit interior design might not be to everyone’s taste, but it certainly makes you feel like you're at the heart of the van. It’s a reworking of Peugeot’s passenger car interior, and it means the instrument cluster is mounted higher than in the other vans, with different dials and gauges. Another obvious difference is that the steering wheel is flattened at the top and bottom, giving the whole interior a more modern feel.
Elsewhere, the Partner's interior is well put together and spacious. Two-seat or three-seat options are available, with the centre seat on the three-seater also doubling up as a fold-down table for use as a mobile office. A new design of the collapsible front passenger seat helps improve the rear load space capacity of the Partner, too, adding half a metre of extra length thanks to a load-through bulkhead.
The interior is far more comfortable than that of the previous Partner, and the technology is infinitely more impressive. Professional models get an 8.0in touchscreen that supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring, as well as other infotainment features, much of which are also controllable via the steering wheel-mounted controls.
Storage throughout is fairly standard for a city van, with cupholders, a ledge across the top of the A4-sized glovebox and a small area on top of the dashboard (and behind the touchscreen if you have one fitted). Door pockets suitable for a large bottle are perhaps the most useful storage space, along with the overhead shelf.