MPV cars are among the most practical vehicles on the roads. A lot of families need them, especially if they have this need to bring the kitchen sink with them on all their journeys. The Peugeot Partner Tepee is one such useful MPV, however, this is a van where seats have been added in. It's clever really, that some companies take their vans and car-them-up to make practical machines. The Peugeot Partner Tepee is based on the Peugeot Partner van.
One engine, with various outputs, is available to the market here in Ireland. Peugeot utilises the 1.6 Blue HDi 4-cylinder engine within the Partner Tepee. It's available with outputs of 75hp and 100hp. The 100hp is available with an ETG6 automatic gearbox. On-paper we are told that it will bring you from 0-100km/h in 15.1 seconds in the 75hp variant, 13.4 in the 100hp model and if you match the 100hp version to the automatic gearbox, you are looking at covering the same distance in 14.3 seconds. To pretty-much all Peugeot Partner Tepee drivers, these figures won't matter, but this is for information purposes. These vehicles offer five-speed transmissions and are front wheel drive.
Remember, you're opting for a very practical machine here, but don't expect it to drive any better than a van. In fairness, vans these days are performing better than ever on the road, however, it can be hard to match what's on offer in conventional cars. One thing we will say, and it would be the same with the Citroen Berlingo MPV version, this car offers a very honest drive. There's no bells and whistles. The steering feels heavy and on bends there is plenty of body roll. On the plus side, the driving position is high and you get a commanding view of the road. It is also good at soaking up bumps on the road, so it's comfortable to journey in.
The Peugeot Partner Tepee comes with the noises that you'd expect to hear from a van. The engine, while very efficient, is loud as it echoes through the machine
There is one trim line to the Irish market, ACTIVE. The plastics are hard, but Peugeot has done a good job in making the interior car-like. Despite our view on this vehicle sounding like a van, it is slightly muted because the soft seat furnishing and the little extras that you would find in this vehicle.
Bearing in mind that this was a van before they added seats and turned it into an MPV, the Peugeot Partner Tepee doesn't score excellently in terms of the Euro NCAP. It scored just 3 stars, with scores of 56% for adult occupancy, 74% for child occupancy and 63% for pedestrian safety. Its safety assist programmes scored 48%.
These are extremely practical vehicles. The interior space is vast, especially in the five-seat version. The extra two seats, which are available obviously has implications on the 675-litre boot space which is available in the vehicle. However, these seats are more suited to occasional use, which means you should usually be able to enjoy the large boot space. This is also a good choice of vehicle for wheelchair accessibility conversions.