The Peugeot Partner Tepee is an impressive vehicle; not for its looks or the engine sizes.
The Peugeot Partner Tepee Outdoor is a little different to the rest of the range in that it has raised suspension (an increase of 10mm) allowing for a level of rough-track driving, special tyres and an under-body sump guard. It also looks slightly more rugged with sill protectors, a grey surround to the front grille and black bumpers.
Furthermore, the Peugeot Partner Tepee Outdoor has the best of the goodies, with the addition of cruise control and side and curtain airbags.
The Outdoor is mated to either the 1.6 HDi90 or the HDi 110 FAP unit - FAP stands for Diesel Particulate Filter. Just as all of the engines are 1.6-litre units, they are all driven through a 5-speed manual gearbox, which is quite notchy but very nice, nonetheless.
The Peugeot Partner Tepee test car's HDi 110, turbo-diesel engine, as the name suggests, produces 110bhp, a term, which it seems is back in favour. For those who work in new money, that is 111PS or 82kW at 4,000rpm, while the maximum torque of 240-255Nm peaks way down at 1,750rpm, making it great for towing.
It takes a leisurely 14.3 seconds to reach 62mph from standstill and the top speed is 106mph. That suggests that the Peugeot Partner Tepee is bordering on languid but in reality it is much more dynamic and entertaining and oh so easy to live with.
With only one or two people on board the car tends to feel a little light but it is a case of the more the merrier. Pile in the people or the load and it feels much better. It is what it is built for, after all.
For sure, it could do with a bit more by way of standard safety features, but the car feels solidly planted and with a relatively low centre of gravity; it doesn't feel as if it might topple over through fast bends, like some.
Relative performance figures for the Peugeot Partner Tepee's petrol units are really quite similar, although they cannot compete in terms of torque and fuel consumption. The test car officially returns an impressive 41.5mpg around town, 57.6mpg for the extra-urban cycle and the combined is 50.4mpg with Co2 emissions of 147g/km. Usually, these figures are not very realistic but it was well into the test week, before the fuel gauge started to move.
The Peugeot Partner Tepee is an impressive vehicle; not for its looks or the engine sizes - the usual things that get pulses racing, but for the clever interior packaging, the easy living and driving. It's a must for families and it won't break the bank.9 June 2010
Peugeot Partner Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Peugeot Partner Tepee Zenith|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||14.3 Seconds|
|Top Speed||106 mph|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||57.6 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||TBA|
|Warranty||3 years / 60000 miles|
|Price (when tested on the 09/06/10)||£14,255|