Anyone searching for a practical and economical MPV might want to take a look at the new Peugeot Partner Tepee. A sister to the Citroen Berlingo, the car has a lot in common with that vehicle in terms of spec, price and performance. But what you’ll love most about the Tepee is the sense of yawning space inside – not to mention the flexible seat layouts and roof rails.
Sure, the Partner Tepee is a little square, but there are as many people who like that style of car as don’t. It also gives the vehicle a sort of rugged charm. You’ll be charmed even further by the economic sense. The 100bhp BlueHDi diesel will give you 67.3mpg and just 112g/km emissions. The 120bhp model offers 115g/km and over 64mpg.
As a tall car, the Peugeot Partner Tepee isn’t one for track days. It takes 13 seconds to reach 62mph. But that’s not why you’ll want it. You need it to perform on the motorway and in town, and it does that with aplomb.
You can pick from the Allure or the Active. Both come with lots of top equipment. There’s aircon, cruise control and LED running lights in the Active and the Allure gives you touchscreen infotainment, Mirrorlink phone connection, DAB radio and two-zone climate control. You’ll also enjoy alloys and a reversing camera.
It’s a comfortable drive. It’s easy to adjust the front seats and there’s lots of room in the back. The cabin is chock-a-block with sensible family storage options.
The Partner’s square look has its benefits – mainly in the shape of a massive amount of space inside. When all five seats are up, the boot still gives you a generous 675 litres. Take out the rear seats and you could hold a party in the 3,000-litre load space that this provides. It’s a similar amount of space to the Partner commercial van.
It’s the sheer practicality of the Partner Tepee that you’ll love most. Sliding doors are amazing in supermarket car parks, where you live in fear of denting the door of the grumpy bloke parked next to you.
Roof rails are great, too, especially for holidays. Stash a roofbox up there or bikes. If you want more of that sporty look, try the top-spec Outdoor. Fitted with heavy black plastic body cladding and riding higher off the ground, it has the appearance of a mini-SUV.
In summary, if you’ve got a demanding family and are looking for something practical and durable, you should look no further than the Peugeot Partner Tepee.