Partner Tepee

Can Peugeot MPV score on space and handling?

Overall Auto Express Rating

4.0 out of 5

Once you get to grips with its unusual looks, you can start to take the Tepee for what it is: a highly versatile and practical vehicle. The 1.6-litre turbodiesel engine is a pleasure to use, and you’ll find it hard to get more storage space out of any similar-sized car. The Peugeot isn’t for fashion-conscious motorists – but families wanting flexibility at a bargain price should give it closer inspection.

It's clear that Peugeot hasn’t re-invented the family car class with the updated 407 – so could the Partner Tepee cause a storm in the MPV sector?

The distinctive people carrier is based on the company’s new Partner van, and isn’t short on space as a result. In the guise of this top-spec 1.6-litre HDi Outdoor, it stands out, too.

The first thing you notice is its chunky bodykit, which gives the front end a sporty look. A long, sloping windscreen and glass roof add a sense of space.

Our Outdoor model is also off-road-ready – it has raised suspension, a protection tray under the engine and added side rubbing strips, as well as side and curtain airbags.

Inside, the five-seat cabin is comfortable, with plenty of room in the back. And with the seats folded, it’s difficult not to be impressed by the massive 3,000-litre boot.

On the road, the Tepee is car-like to drive. While it can be a bit vague through tight corners, the handling is tidy and the ride smooth.

The 1.6-litre turbodiesel has plenty of pace – it feels a lot quicker than its 14.3-second 0-60mph time suggests. Factor in 50.4mpg economy, and you have a people carrier that’s spacious and cheap to run.

Rival: VW Caddy Maxi Life THE Caddy matches the Tepee for space, and delivers similar performance for a price close to the Peugeot’s. But it trails when it comes to the handling.

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