The Peugeot Partner's 1.5 BlueHDi diesel engine which is likely to be the starting point for most buyers is found across Peugeot's passenger car range, and is available in 74bhp, 99bhp and 128bhp forms; we’d steer you towards the mid-range option, which Peugeot predicts will be the most popular choice. It has a decent mix of impressive fuel consumption and torque that will work well in both city driving and on the motorway.
If your usage will lean towards more long-distance driving, however, consider the 128bhp diesel option for the simple reason that it gets a standard six-speed manual gearbox, rather than the five-speed ’box that comes with the lesser engines, helping to improve fuel economy. If an automatic gearbox is your preference, the most powerful engine is also available with an eight-speed automatic gearbox option that is well matched to the Partner.
The 1.2-litre Puretech petrol engine which is on offer in the Partner is again the same one that's offered on Peugeot's passenger car range, and indeed is an engine we consistently recommend, so if you won't be covering enough miles to justify a diesel it's worth looking at.
The other key point about the Partner is that it is built using the same underpinnings as the Peugeot 3008 and 5008 SUVs, so it gets not only passenger car power but also passenger car attributes that make the ride and handling of this little van far better than the model it replaces. While it can’t quite match up to the Transit Connect in terms of how comfortable it is, it is certainly on a par with the Volkswagen Caddy for overall driveability. Very little noise penetrates the interior, too.