Standard EquipmentTechnical SpecificationOptional ExtrasIndependent Review

Driver Convenience

  • Clock
  • Digital trip recorder
  • Door open warning light
  • Lights on warning buzzer
  • Locking fuel cap
  • Remote headlamp adjustment
  • Seatbelt warning indicator
  • Service indicator
  • Trip computer
  • Variable PAS

Entertainment

  • 2 speakers
  • Radio/CD and mp3 player
  • Steering wheel controls for remote audio

Exterior Features

  • 2 speed intermittent front wipers
  • Black side rubbing strips
  • Roof mounted aerial
  • Tinted glass

Interior Features

  • 6 hooks in load area
  • Air recirculation system
  • Carpet in front cabin
  • Centre console storage compartment
  • Cigarette lighter
  • Cloth upholstery
  • Courtesy light
  • Cup holders
  • Dash mounted gear lever
  • Dashboard storage areas
  • Door mounted armrests
  • Driver and passenger sunvisors + vanity mirrors
  • Driver seat armrest
  • Driver's ladder frame protector
  • Drivers seat adjustable for reach and rake
  • Front door pockets with bottle holder
  • Glovebox
  • Heater with 4 dashboard air vents
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Height adjustable head restraints
  • Height and reach adjustable steering wheel
  • Pre heater warning
  • Rear load area light
  • Single passenger seat with armrest
  • Sliding drawer under driver's seat

Packs

  • Plus pack - Partner

Safety

  • Auto hazard lights
  • Automatic fuel cut off & door unlocking
  • Collapsible steering column
  • Drivers airbag
  • Front seatbelt pre-tensioners + force limiters
  • Height adjustable front seatbelts

Security

  • Auto door locking
  • Central locking push button on dash
  • Deadlocks
  • Rolling code transponder immobiliser
  • Selective cab/cargo area central locking

Technical

  • 12V accessory socket
  • ABS + EBA + EBD
  • ESP

Wheels

  • 15" steel wheels
  • Full size spare wheel

Emissions

CO

CO2 (g/km)

131

HC+NOx

Noise Level dB(A)

NOx

Particles

Standard Euro Emissions

EURO 5

General

Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07

Safety Concerns?

1

Badge Engine CC

1.6

Badge Power

75

Based On ID

Battery Volts

12

Chassis Engine Number

Clutch

SINGLE DRY PLATE

Coin Description

Coin Gross Vehicle Weight Code

Coin Power Output Code

Coin Series

Coin Wheelbase Description Code

Coin Wheelbase Name Code

Front Brakes

VENTILATED DISCS

Front Suspension

MACPHERSON STRUTS

Timing Belt Interval Mileage

0

Hand Brake

REAR WHEELS

Insurance Group 1

Insurance Group 2

Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years

5

Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years

2

NCAP Safety Assist %

NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09

Badge Power

Badge Engine CC

Vehicle Homologation Class

Running Cost League Headings

NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %

12

Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months

16000

Special Edition

1

Special Order

1

Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage

60000

Standard manufacturers warranty - Years

3

Service Interval Frequency - Months

0

NCAP Pedestrian Protection %

120

NCAP Child Occupant Protection %

140000

Vehicle Homologation Class

N1

Vin/Frame No.

Engine and Drive Train

Automatic Transmission

1

Cylinders - Bore (mm)

75

Catalytic Convertor

1

CC

1560

Compression Ratio

Cooling System

WATER

Cylinder Layout

IN-LINE

Cylinders

4

Engine Layout

FRONT TRANSVERSE

Engine Make

Fuel Delivery

COMMON RAIL

Fuel Delivery

DIESEL

Gears

5 SPEED

Manual Transmission

1

Number of Valves

8

Cylinders - Stroke (mm)

88.3

Camshaft

DOHC

Fuel Consumption

EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies

1

EC Combined (mpg)

56.5

EC Extra Urban (mpg)

61.4

EC Urban (mpg)

48.7

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)

17.6

Engine Power - BHP

75

Engine Power - KW

55

Engine Power - RPM

4000

Engine Torque - LBS.FT

136

Engine Torque - MKG

19

Engine Torque - NM

185

Engine Torque - RPM

1500

Top Speed

94

Tyres

Alloys?

1

Automatic Clutch

1

Plated 3rd Axle

Plated 4th Axle

Space Saver?

1

Tyre Make

Tyre Size Front

195/65 R15

Tyre Size Rear

195/65 R15

Tyre Size Spare

FULL SIZE

Wheel Style

Wheel Type

15" STEEL

Vehicle Dimensions

Height

1828

Height (including roof rails)

Length

4380

Load Height

1250

Load Length

1800

Load Space Width Between Wheel Arches

1230

Side Load Door Height

Side Load Door Width

Turning Circle - Wall to Wall

11.5

Wheelbase

2728

Width

1857

Width (including mirrors)

2112

Weight and Capacities

Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb

11

Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)

60

Gross Train Weight

2930

Gross Vehicle Weight

1935

Load Space Volume

3

Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)

Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)

Luggage Capacity - 2nd Row Seats Removed

Luggage Capacity - 2nd Row Seats Up

Luggage Capacity - 3rd Row Seats Down

Luggage Capacity - 3rd Row Seats Removed

Luggage Capacity - 3rd Row Seats Up

Max. Roof Load

100

Max. Towing Weight - Braked

995

Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked

680

Minimum Kerbweight

1310

No. of Seats

2

Max. Loading Weight

625

On The Road

Driver Convenience

Exterior Features

Interior Features

Packs

Paintwork

Safety

Security

Technical

Trim

Summary

Peugeot's improved Partner van has become cleverer and more sophisticated whilst still retaining the practicality that has made it an LCV favourite. The latest generation BlueHDi diesel engine option should make a big difference to running costs and if you get yourself a version with the clever 7-inch telematics screen inside, then your little compact van will feel very up to date indeed. The French brand has obviously put plenty of thought into the design into this enhanced Partner and it's backed the hi-tech stuff up with slick features intended to make the working day that little bit straightforward. Most of them appear to do the job too. As a result, bearing in mind this vehicle's large carrying capacities and competitive payload, it's now more than ever true that Peugeot's compact van should figure on any sensible shortlist if you're shopping in this segment.

Background

Businesses want small vans because the traffic's a pain in the proverbial and there's nowhere to park at the best of times. The problem is that these same businesses also want their small vans to carry lots of stuff so they can make more deliveries in one day and take more equipment or cargo on a single trip. Such a set of requirements is always going to fall foul of the laws of physics at some stage but Peugeot thinks it's pushed the envelope pretty far with their rejuvenated Partner LCV. Think of it as a little big van. All the leading van makers used to offer one size of compact van but now the majority have two - or at least two wheelbase options on the same model. The Partner is Peugeot's largest little van, with the little Bipper sitting below it in the hierarchy. It's a set-up that serves to give operators more choice, making it easier for them to get a van that precisely meets their needs. The Partner's remit is to cater for operators who want the lithe driving dynamics of a compact van but need to carry quite a lot of cargo with it. How does it do? Let's find out at the wheel of the latest sleeker-looking Euro6-compatible version.

Driving Experience

The Euro6 engine range headlines with Peugeot's latest generation 1.6-litre 100bhp BlueHDi diesel unit, though there's also still a 1.6-litre 16v VTi petrol variant for the few that want it. Go for the BlueHDi diesel and there's the option of a clever automatic ETG6 gearbox, which would be a boon for urban operators. It's also worth pointing out that Peugeot's older Euro 5 diesel powerplants, the 1.6 HDi 75 and 1.6 HDi 92 units, will continue to be available for a limited period. The 92bhp version can be ordered in ATV guise with the brand's clever 'Grip Control' system if your work takes you through slippery surfaces. If you don't want an engine at all, then you'll be looking at the Partner Van Electric version, with zero emissions, delivering 67hp and having a potential range of 105 miles. As before, the Partner's underpinnings are adapted from those of the brand's first generation 308 family hatchback. There's a Macpherson strut type set-up at the front and a more rudimentary torsion bar at the rear with anti-roll bars at both ends. The effect is a ride that's on the soft side making for smooth progress but a lack of body control when cornering. The Partner handles reasonably well with 11m turning circle in the shorter model helping manoeuvrability. The gear lever is perfectly sited in its dash-mounted position but, although pleasantly light, the shifting action is looser than many would prefer.

Design and Build

This improved Partner gets a restyled front end, but bigger changes are found inside where there's the option of a freshly designed telematics system with a smart 7-inch colour touchscreen incorporating the option of satellite navigation. This system also gives you Bluetooth, a USB port, an aux-in socket, voice recognition and a MirrorScreen function that duplicates the functionality of your smartphone onto the display. On to practicality. As before, the Partner's cab area is positively loaded with storage options. From the dash-top cubbies to the door pockets and the overhead shelf, places to put things are in abundance. The dash is tall and vertically stacked forming a barrier between the driver and the windscreen but visibility is fine out the front and down the sides. Peugeot have used good quality plastics throughout and the interior feels as though it will last. There's also plenty of adjustment to the driver's seat and steering column, so most people should be able to get comfy. Buyers can opt for a two-seater cab layout or take the Multiflex three-seater option. This adds a third berth in the middle but it's extremely narrow and has restricted legroom courtesy of the dash-mounted gear lever. Your colleagues won't thank you for assigning them to sit in it for any length of time but the Multiflex system comes into its own with fewer passengers on board. That middle chair can fold down to make a desk or the outer one can drop flat to the floor, increasing cargo space.

Market and Model

To meet the differing needs of business users, the Partner van range offers a wide selection of bodystyles, the choice being between two lengths (the L1 at 4.38m long and the L2 at 4.63m),plus a crew cab version with a folding bench seat in row two. There's also a floor cab for body converters. As for competition, well the Partner must battle it out against some established names at the larger end of the compact van market. Volkswagen's Caddy, Renault's Kangoo and Ford's Transit Connect are the big names it must compete with but it also has the added problem of its sister vehicle, the Citroen Berlingo. With very little other than the badges differentiating Berlingo from Partner operators might have a tough choice on their hands and decisions may come down to the quality of dealer support. Equipment levels are reasonable, with even base variants getting features like a CD stereo, power steering, a ladder frame protector for the driver's seat and electric front windows. Standard safety stuff runs to ABS, emergency braking assistance, ESP with traction control, Hill Start Assist and Direct under-inflation detection, using a pressure sensor fitted to each wheel. As an option, buyers can specify Active City Brake, a system which scans the road ahead for potential collision hazards as you drive at urban speeds. Further up the range, there are features like cruise control, a speed limiter, rear parking sensors - and even a reversing camera. There's also the option of a Grip Control system that provides enhanced traction. This allows the vehicle to continue to make progress on roads or tracks and surfaces with low grip.