Peugeot Partner (2008 – 2018) Review

Peugeot Partner (2008 – 2018) At A Glance


+Based on the 308 so rides and drives very well, available as a crew van, decent on the motorway with little road noise.

-Gearchange could be better, basic model is poorly equipped and does without a sliding side door.

The Partner van shares its platform with the Peugeot 308 and 3008 so it's no surprise that it has car-like handling and ride. Designed to carry a load of up to 850 kg, Peugeot has kept it simple with the Partner and there is a choice of panel van, crew cab and flat cab bodies, as well a Long model for greater load length capacity.

There is also the ATV model with Grip Control that gives more sure-footed handling in slippery conditions without the added expense of a full-time 4x4 system. 

With a load area width between the wheel arches of 1.22 metres, both versions can easily accommodate a Euro pallet. However it's still relatively compact in terms of its overall size, making it very versatile and easy to drive around town.

The load space has been designed with particular care to ensure ease of use and robustness. The inside walls are fully lined under the bodyline and a synthetic protective covering protects the load floor on SE versions. By protecting the load space against internal damage, it ensures the appearance of the exterior bodywork remains intact, which is often important for the owner’s business or professional image

A single 1.6-litre HDi turbodiesel engine does service in the Partner and is offered in 75PS and 92PS forms. It’s a frugal engine in both guises and, when coupled to Peugeot semi-auto EGC gearbox, it can offer emissions as low as 123g/km.

Ask Honest John

Best £5000 van with off-road capability?

"I'm a dry stone waller looking to replace my Ford Ranger pick-up with a smaller, more economical van. I need petrol as I don't do huge mileages day-to-day. I need three seats and the ability to occasionally carry a load say half a ton. However, I'd really need one that can sometimes cope with driving on grass or tracks, too. I have around up to £5000 to spend, what do you suggest I buy? "
I'd argue any front-wheel drive van with a good quality set of all-terrain tyres would cope with this type of use. Given your budget, the Ford Transit Connect would be my recommendation although petrol models are rare. That said, if you do need something that's more capable for off-roading, I'd suggest the Peugeot Partner with Grip Control. They are difficult to find on the used market because they sell in low numbers when new. However, they are very good, adding underbody protection and utilising a clever traction control system that allows the front wheels to cope with mud, sand and slippery terrain.
Answered by Dan Powell

How much should I pay for a Peugeot Partner van for a camper conversion?

"I'm going to be buying a small van with the intention of converting it into a small camper. How much should I put aside for a reliable Peugeot Partner van? "
I would always recommend buying the newest van you can afford. Avoid low-mileage diesels that have covered lots of short journeys - these trips will not have done the engine or the DPF (diesel particulate filter) any favours. If you are planning to keep the van for the long-term then I'd suggest spending a minimum of £7000. This should get you a van that's four or five years old. Check the springs by looking underneath or listening for knocks on any drive, they’re prone to breaking - and not just because many people tend to overload their vans. Heavy wear and tear points to abuse and overloading, with so many for sale you shouldn’t have to compromise on buying a used example, it’ll be cheaper in the long run to spend a little extra and buy a good one.
Answered by Dan Powell

Can you recommend a cheap van that will meet the ULEZ rules?

"I have to get rid of my vehicle in October because of where I live in London. I really don't want to and I cannot afford to get an updated version of what I already have. I need a small van. I currently have a Citroen Berlingo. Can you advise me where to go to look for another van of similar size that is reasonably priced and will be ULEZ compliant?"
The ULEZ is based on the total tailpipe emission levels and not necessarily the Euro rating of the engine. This means some Euro5 diesels will qualify for exemption from the charge. You can check this with our ULEZ checker tool here: If you are planning to use the van for short journeys then you may want to consider a petrol van. Both the Citroen Berlingo and Peugeot Partner are available with petrol engines and these are less polluting than diesel, which means Euro4 models (registered from 2005) are exempt from the ULEZ charge. Otherwise, I would suggest the diesel Ford Transit Connect:
Answered by Dan Powell

My cooling fan isn't working - what should I do?

"I have a Peugeot Partner 1.6 diesel. The cooling fan is not working at all. I've checked all the fuses but they're fine. What should I do?"
Check to see if you have a supply to the fan itself. If so, it will be the fan motor. If not, then check the relay.
Answered by Alan Ross
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