The new generation Peugeot Partner is sold together with old one which bears the name Partner Origin. Despite being launched in 2001, the old Partner is still sold pretty well and occupies a niche of its own being slightly smaller than the newer Partner and also significantly cheaper.
The vehicle comes with a 3.0m3 cargo bay and can haul either 600kg or 800kg depending on the model. Power comes from a 75hp 1.6-litre HDi diesel mated on a five-speed manual gearbox. The Peugeot Partner Origin is covered by a three-year/100,000 mile warranty with service intervals set at 12,500 miles.
The Peugeot Partner Origin is around from some time now and it shows. But despite its old age, the vehicle’s design did manage to age nicely. The overall design is characterized by clean surfaces and a minimalist style.
The thin radiator grille of the Partner Origin is traversed by a horizontal stripe which bares the proud Peugeot Lion in its center, while the big headlights and the huge bumper enhance the rugged image of the vehicle and betray its utilitarian nature.
The bumper is bigger than usual and comes with round corners and a small air intake located under the number plate. For those looking for a better road visibility, the Partner is also offered with optional fog lamps which are placed on each side of the bumper.
To give the vehicle a bit more dynamism, Peugeot added a small crease which runs across the sides. For extra protection in the parking lots, there are also side rubber moldings.
The Peugeot Partner Origin is fairly practical as it can soak a full size pallet (1000 x1200mm) or two smaller metric pallets, thanks to its load deck which measures 1700mm in length with a 1600mm width.
On the inside the Peugeot Partner Origin has a pretty clean design being a perfect match for the exterior style. There is plenty of space for both the driver and passenger and the dashboard has an ergonomic design maximizing the use of space.
The materials and plastics aren’t the best you’ll find around, but the fit and finish is surprisingly good. The center console is laid out in an intuitive manner and the controls are placed within easy reach.
There interior is fitted with all sorts of clever storage spaces to make your working day easier, while optional air conditioning and a practical dashboard further enhance the comfort.
The Peugeot Partner Origin’s steering wheel has also an erognomic design and offers a good grab. It’s also fitted with useful controls for the stereo and can be adjusted for height.
In the instrument cluster there’s a digital centre console display keeping you posted on different vehicle stats and the big conventional gauges are fairly easy to read even during night trips.
We also like the adjustable seats which offer a proper cushioning, but they could’ve come with better support for more comfortable long trips.
Needless to say that the straight road visibility is nothing short of excellent and we found the plate sized door mirrors fairly practical as you can rely on them with confidence.
On the equipments list you’ll find features like electric windows, electric passenger door mirror, driver airbag power steering and radio/CD player as standard, while air conditioning is available as an option.
Engines and performance
Under the hood the Peugeot Partner Origin is equipped with a 1.6 HDI diesel engine. The engine is bolted on a five speed manual transmission that is able to deal well with the utilitarian nature of the vehicle and offers smooth shifts with good gear ratios.
The engine develops only 75 hp at 4000 rpm which is a poor power output given the 1740 kg weight of the vehicle. This translates in a sluggish response, so you won’t be rewarded with any high speed thrills. At least, it deals satisfactory with the city driving and the 170 Nm of torque also helps it to tow generous payloads without too much whining.
The Partner Origin scores a top speed of 150 kmph while the 0-100 kmph sprint is made in 14.1 seconds which is far from being impressive. Luckily, we don’t have any complains about the fuel consumption, as the four cylinder unit will charge you with only 5.4 liters /100km.
Peugeot Partner Origin Engine Specifications
|1.6 HDI||75@4000||170@1650||150 kmph|
Ride and handling
The Peugeot Partner Origin features a reasonably advanced suspension set-up with independent McPherson struts and anti roll bar at the front and trailing arms with transverse torsion bars at the back.
This suspension configuration is translated into a fairly comfortable ride which is able to deal well with road bumps. The downside is a pretty big body roll which will spoil all your fun if you’re the type that likes to attack corners with poise.
Fortunately, the steering is pretty precise and feels well balanced, while the overall handling is also at par with what you’ll usually get in this segment.
The Peugeot Partner Origin may offer a smaller carrying capacity than the new version, but despite its age, it still has anything it needs to be a capable working vehicle.
Overall the Partner Origin has a high quality feel and offers plenty of space inside. Moreover, the cabin is also pretty comfortable, given the utilitarian nature of the vehicle, and the best part is the price which is very competitive.
The engine could seem a bit sluggish for those familiarized with more powerful vans in the segment, but in the end it’s able to get the job done with dignity.