Peugeot Partner (2018–)

Last updated 23 May 2019

 
5
Excellent range of petrol and diesel engines, one-tonne payload capacity, affordable fuel costs.
Mid spec vans are expensive, petrol engines not available until late-2019, small steering wheel will not suit everyone.
Updated 11 October 2018
Peugeot Partner available from £15,825 +VAT

Third generation Partner Van bears all the hallmarks of the first two generations and brings increased loading capacities, improved dynamics, digital i-Cockpit and greater levels of driver assistance....

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Introduction

The Peugeot Partner is a practical and affordable van that covers all of the essential comfort, refinement and payload boxes. Some drivers might take issue with the dashboard layout and quirky steering wheel, but it's difficult to deny that this Peugeot has the small van formula well and truly cracked. 

Developed alongside the Citroen BerlingoVauxhall Combo and Toyota ProAce City, the Peugeot Partner punches above its weight with a maximum payload of 1000kg and up to 4.4 cubic metres of load space. Finding a Partner van to suit your business requirements is surprisingly easy, thanks to Peugeot's simplified model line-up. 

Grip models, for example, are designed for builders and get three front seats, a one-tonne payload and 30mm raised ground clearance plus enhanced traction control for navigating muddy building sites or wintry roads. Delivery drivers, on the other hand, get the option of Asphalt trim, which comes with upgraded soundproofing and touchscreen navigation.

Those looking to cut costs can opt for the entry-level S model, but equipment levels for the basic Partner are sparse and this means you'll have to pay extra to get essentials like air conditioning, cruise control and an adjustable driver's seat. 

All versions of the Partner are easy to drive, even when fully laden, with the large windscreen and supple suspension making the van a pleasant place to spend the working day. However, while Peugeot's i-Cockpit dashboard layout is genuinely innovative with clear controls and displays, the small steering wheel can obscure some of the dashboard readings and some drivers may prefer the larger, conventional steering wheel found in the Citroen, Vauxhall or Toyota. 

Like the Berlingo and Combo, there are two diesels and one petrol engine to choose from. The 1.6-litre turbodiesel has been carried over from the old Partner with 75PS or 100PS and a five-speed manual gearbox, while the 130PS 1.5-diesel gets a six-speed manual or EAT8 automatic gearbox. The 110PS and 130PS 1.2-litre PureTech petrol was added to the Partner range in 2019. Running costs are affordable, with the diesel versions being advertised with 64.2mpg - 65.7mpg. 

The Peugeot Partner is a worthy rival to the Ford Transit Connect and Volkswagen Caddy. Its 1000kg maximum payload puts it at the front of the small van pack when it comes to carrying capacity, while its advertised economy figures promises low fuel costs. The Partner is also one of the few vans to get an overload warning system, which indicates when the van is nearing its maximum laden weight.

List Price from £16,280 +VAT
Contract hire from £159.00 +VAT pm
Lease from £202.00 +VAT pm
 

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