Peugeot Partner Tepee review
The Peugeot Partner Tepee is a van-based five or seven-seater, with sliding side doors and a low price tag
The Partner Tepee is based on a commercial vehicle, and that's clear from the boxy shape and chunky bumpers. The interior is better, though, with a few attractive touches, like the circular air vents. But the plastics are hard and shiny, and the fit and finish isn't great, either. There are three trim levels. Entry-level Urban comes fitted with heated doors mirrors, front electric windows and a music system with MP3 compatibility. S adds body-coloured front and rear bumpers and front fog lights, while range-topping Outdoor models get air-con and 16-inch alloy wheels. A glass roof is available as an option.
There's a choice of either a 1.6-litre petrol or diesel. The petrol engine is available with either 98bhp or 119bhp, with the highest powered version capable of doing 0-62mph in 13.4 seconds and a top speed of 110mph. If you're planning on carrying a lot of people, though, the diesel unit is a much better opine. It's available with 75bhp, 91bhp or 114bpp. The lowest powered version can do 0-62mph in 17.1 seconds, while the most powerful version can do it in a more respectable time of 12 seconds and a top speed of 108mph. All feel slightly more punchy than the equivalent units in the Berlingo Multispace, for better performance around town and on motorways. The Partner Tepee handles well despite its height, and the ride is comfortable, too.
Euro NCAP haven't crash tested the Partner Tepee but the Citroen Berlingo Multispace on which it's based has a four-star rating. ABS, brake assist and a passenger and driver's airbag are fitted as standard to all versions. Top-of-the-range Outdoor models also get side and curtain airbags as standard. Peugeot performed badly overall in the 2012 Driver Power reliability survey, finishing 28th out of 30. That said, the engines, gearboxes and electricals are shared with the commercial Partner and Berlingo Multispace, which should help lower the risk of problems.
The Partner Tepee has 642 litres of luggage space with five seats in place, and a massive 2,800 litres with the seats removed. The rear seats split, fold, recline, tumble and can be removed entirely. Plus, the flat floor and high roof will make loading easy. There's a seven-seat version, which adds two seats in the boot area, but these are only really suitable for children. The sliding doors allow easy access even in narrow parking spaces and there's plenty of cubby holes in the cabin, including a second glovebox above the steering wheel, overhead storage and underfloor storage for rear passengers. All versions come with roof rails as standard, too.
The mid-range diesel is available with a stop-start system, for maximum fuel efficiency. Peugeot claims an average fuel economy figure of 59mpg and CO2 emissions of 125g/km. This means it's cheap to tax, too. Even the range-topping diesel can manage 53mpg and 144g/km of Co2. The more powerful petrol is less impressive, though, with fuel economy of just 39mpg and Co2 emissions of 169g/km. Servicing costs should be reasonable, thanks to Peugeot's range of fixed-price offers.