The Peugeot Partner is build together with the Citroen Berlingo and was designed as a small LCV for short urban deliveries. The Peugeot Partner is fairly capable and also has a pretty flexible character being able to cope with a wide range of commercial applications. The latest generation offers a bigger cargo area than the old model with a capacity of either 3.3m3 or a 3.7m3.
Moreover, the new Partner is also available in two different sizes, with the L2 version being longer than the L1. The vehicle’s payload capacity ranges from 625 kg to 850 kg depending on the model and it’s offered with a choice of two different engines namely a 1.6-litre HDi diesel or a 1.6-litre petrol.
The Peugeot Partner features a pretty modern design language. A flowing design language starts from the front fascia and runs across the sides all the way back to the taillights.
Compared to the previous model, the new Partner has grown in size and thanks to its bigger dimensions it also has a more solid appearance.
You can stay and analyze all day long its curvy sheet metal and it will still be hard to find anything else than rounded corners and dynamic lines. To enhance the sporty look of the Partner, Peugeot places the grille lower than usual being almost entirely integrated into the wraparound bumper.
The Peugeot logo is mounted on the clean bonnet and it’s flanked by two swept back headlights which enhance the modern look of the vehicle. The Partner is also offered with two fog lights which are seamlessly integrated into the bumper.
The rugged character of the vehicle is betrayed by its muscular fenders and the thick rubber mouldings which run across the sides, protecting the doors.
At the back there are two vertical tail lights, a wraparound rear bumper and convenient side-hinged doors. The Peugeot Partner is also optionally available with nearside or twin sliding side doors.
Hop inside and you’ll be welcomed by a spacious and pretty comfortable cabin. There is plenty of head and leg room for both the driver and passenger and the overall ergonomy is also pretty good. The build quality and materials may not be as good as the ones from the Volkswagen Caddy, but it’s still pretty good given the utilitarian nature of the Partner.
The two tone dashboard has a modern and ergonomic design while the center console is fitted with easy to reach controls.
The build quality is impressive and the materials are also surprisingly good for a commercial vehicle. We also like the neat design which maximizes the use of space and it’s very practical. The gear knob is now mounted into the dash which makes it easier to use and also offers more free space for the driver.
Needless to say that there are plenty of storage spaces, and all of them have an intelligent emplacement being easy to use. Unusually for a van of this size, the Partner can be equipped with three seats up front. The middle passenger however, will have to deal with limited leg room due to the central position of the gear knob. The useful thing is that you can flip down the outboard seat to extend the cargo bed.
On the other hand the, other passenger and the driver will seat pretty comfortable and there are also plenty of useful adjustments to help you find an adequate driving position.
The dash is fitted with plenty of useful cubby holes while the passenger seat folds down to reveal a convenient desk and cup holders.
You seat pretty high from the ground, hence the all-around visibility is fairly good and you can also rely with confidence on the gargantuan door mirrors as they manage to keep blind spots to minimum.
The Peugeot Partner comes pretty well kitted with features like power steering, ABS, central locking, trip computer, electric windows, internally adjustable manual door mirrors and a radio/CD player.
Engines and performance
The Peugeot Partner is available with a choice of petrol and diesel engines combined with five speed manual transmissions. The 1.6 liter petrol meets the latest Euro 5 emission norms and develops 90 hp and 110 hp. The weaker engine feels pretty lively and if you’ll keep you foot plated on the accelerator pedal you’ll reach 100 kmp in 15.3 seconds. The 110 hp unit can merge with both city and highway traffic without too much fuss and it’s also pretty efficient.
The Euro 5 diesel engines are offered in three power outputs developing 75 hp, 90 hp and 110 hp. The 75 hp unit feels sluggish and if you are the “speed lover” type you should look at least at the 90 hp unit which offers a proper balance between performance and efficiency. The 110 hp can blow in three digit speeds without too much drama and feels great both on the highway and in the city.
Peugeot Partner Engines Specifications
|VTi||110@ 6000||200 @ 3500|
Ride and handling
The suspensions were engineered to be able to deal with big payloads hence they are a bit stiffer than the ones of the passenger version, making the ride a bit harsh when unladen. Luckily things will get much better if there is some load at the back and the vehicle is capable of dealing nicely with most of the bumps that could appear on the road.
The body roll is perfectly kept in check and the Partner handles competently with adequate cornering abilities. The standard power assisted steering it’s also fairly good and rewards you with a sharp response without being overly light, as other units found in the segment.
The new Peugeot Partner continues the good reputation of its predecessor and offers a big cargo area, a modern design and improved dynamics.
The interior is also pretty modern and has a good build quality with adequate materials. Except for the entry level units, the engines are also pretty strong and can deal well with almost anything you’ll ask of them.
You won’t complain about the handling either and even if the ride could feel a bit harsh it’s still able to soak most of the bumps without affecting too much the ride quality.