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heycar review

      Launch year
      2018
      Body type
      Van
      Fuel type
      Diesel, Petrol
heycar editorial team

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heycar editorial team

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“Modern, practical car-like van”

Best bits

  • Excellent payload
  • Clever and useful tech
  • Affordable to run

Not so great

  • Small steering wheel won’t suit all shapes and sizes of drivers
  • Mid-spec vans are expensive
  • Very basic entry level model

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Overall verdict

"The Peugeot Partner does all the major things you want from a small van, and plenty of the minor things too."

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It shares many of its crucial components with the Citroen Berlingo, Vauxhall Combo and Toyota Proace City – the four vans were developed alongside one another, although each puts a slight tweak on the formula.


The part that makes the Peugeot stand out from the others is its cabin – the van has the same iCockpit layout as many of the company’s passenger car range. This means it gets a smaller steering wheel and an information display that you view over the wheel rather than through it. It might not be for everyone, but enough passenger car buyers are happy with the setup for Peugeot to be confident enough to put it into its biggest selling van.


The Peugeot and its cohorts have moved the game on in the class in terms of practicality as you can get a Partner with a maximum payload of up to 1000kg, a loading bay as big as 4.4 cubic metres and there are several different models geared towards different needs.


The ‘Grip’ model, for example, provides a version that is geared towards tougher jobs such as building-site work. They get three front seats, ground clearance that is 30mm higher than standard and enhanced traction control to deal with the loose surfaces that often crop up around construction jobs or down rural tracks.


There is also a model aimed at those that will need to spend hours on end behind the wheel on the motorway. The Asphalt gets kit like upgraded soundproofing, parking sensors and touchscreen navigation.


The S model keeps costs down but it does also keep equipment levels low. There’s no air conditioning, for example, or an adjustable driver’s seat.


Whichever model you go for, the Partner is an easy van to drive. The large windscreen, comfortable suspension and sharp steering make it a relaxing and calm vehicle to be in, particularly around town. That unconventional, small steering wheel is innovative, and plenty will get on just fine with it, but others might find it obscures the view of the dashboard readings. The other three models with which the Partner shares its base all have more standard setups.


You can choose from three diesel engines or a petrol engine in the Partner, with the diesels all different takes on the same 1.5-litre unit. They range in power from 75PS to 130PS with a 100PS model in between. The petrol is a 110PS 1.2-litre engine. Fuel economy is decent all round, with even the petrol offering up to 45mpg while the diesels are capable of up to 55mpg.


There are some clever pieces of tech available in the Partner, which really set it apart from the likes of the Ford Transit Connect and Volkswagen Caddy. A rear-view camera is neat, while the overload sensor on the Grip is an ingenious piece of kit that will help you make the most of the van’s carrying capacity.

Is the Peugeot Partner right for you?

The Peugeot Partner is a truly car-like small van, with a driving experience and cabin that is comfortable and practical in equal measure. It also offers a supremely practical carrying ability, with a huge payload and several really useful features that allow you to carry long and heavy items in the way that small vans of the past have not been able to.


It’s a perfect first van for those that are starting a business and need a commercial vehicle for the first time, as it is so easy to drive. However, it is also a consummate professional, with a version that will take an almighty battering on rougher sites. If you’re after a small van that can take on almost any type of job then this is what the Partner offers.

What's the best Peugeot Partner model/engine to choose?

For the vast majority of customers, the Professional trim will be the one that makes the most sense. The S is too sparsely equipped to be a comfortable all-round van, without kit like air conditioning even. Professional adds this, cruise control, rear parking sensors and the Multi-Flex folding passenger seat that extends the loading length. It also brings the colour touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, allowing you to stream satellite navigation from your phone if you have it.


The best engine for long-distance drivers is the 130PS diesel, with smooth acceleration and the attractive 1000kg payload. 

What other cars are similar to the Peugeot Partner?

The Peugeot Partner’s biggest rivals are the vans with which it shares a platform – the Citroen Berlingo, Vauxhall Combo and Toyota Proace City. There is little to choose between them, with the visual elements the biggest differentiator. The others will appeal more if you are not so keen on the Peugeot’s smaller steering wheel, while the Toyota has a longer warranty.


If you are after something with a little more driving excitement then the Ford Transit Connect is worth looking at, although it is only available as a two-seater. The Volkswagen Caddy is another car-like van in terms of its driving experience, with a new model on its way in 2020.

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