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The Peugeot Partner is a compact van that has been produced by the French automaker since 1996. To be more specific, it’s the Partner I that has been made since 1996. There’s also the Partner II that started to be manufactured later, in 2008. The Peugeot Partner sits between the Bipper and Expert while the Citroën Berlingo is its sister van. The main rivals are considered to be the Volkswagen Caddy, Ford Transit Connect, and Fiat Doblo Cargo.
For the 2015 production year, the manufacturer renovated the Peugeot Partner. In particular, the front-end was redesigned, including the grille, bumper, and headlights. Besides, the van got state-of-the-art equipment and updated engine range to satisfy the Euro 6 standards.
The 2015 Peugeot Partner comes in three trim levels – the S, SE, and Professional. The basic S level offers electric windows and mirrors, central locking, and CD playback function. The more upgraded SE adds a sliding door to the loading area and MultiFlex passenger seat as well as a speed limiter and cruise control. The most advanced Professional trim level provides such equipment as the TomTom GO5000 satellite navigation with a separate display, infotainment touchscreen, and DAB radio.
The Peugeot Partners of all trim levels are available in the L1 and L2 body lengths (the first one is regular, the latter is prolonged) while the wheelbase remains of the same dimension. What is the difference then? In the degree of rear overhang and possibility to place extra seats at the back.
The Partner in the L1 form can cope with 850 kg of payload while the L2 van handles 750 kg. The versions offer 3.3 and 3.7 m3 of cargo capacity respectively. Thanks to the MultiFlex passenger seat that splits and folds providing additional room beside the driver’s seat, it can be increased to 3.7 (the L1 version) and 4.1 m3 (the L2 version). Also, the automaker offers a roof flap for transportation of really long items.
Comfort & Practicality
To tell the truth, comfort is the Peugeot Partner’s weak but venial point if to remember the vehicle’s primary function. Long trips in it can be torturing as the seats aren’t as supportive as they should be and provide little leg and knee room, especially on the double front-passenger seat. However, the latter hides a pretty large storage compartment underneath and is quite useful on short travels.
The 2015 Peugeot Partner has lots of other storage areas across the cabin: a box atop of the dashboard in front of a driver, deep niche for a passenger, horizontal bottle holders, and door pockets. Most of the buttons and controls are well arranged and legible but as for the USB power outlet and electric windows switches, they aren’t where you expect them to be.
The 2015 Peugeot Partner is a front-wheel-drive vehicle that can be equipped with six engines, which are claimed to be 15 per cent more fuel efficient each:
- 1.6-L 98-bhp petrol;
- 1.6-L 75-bhp BlueHDi diesel;
- 1.6-L 100-bhp BlueHDi diesel;
- 1.6-L 100-bhp BlueHDi with the start-stop technology;
- 1.6-L 120-bhp BlueHDi with the start-stop technology;
- 1.6-L 100-bhp ETG6 with the start-stop technology.
The most fuel-efficient engine in the range is 1.6-L 100-bhp BlueHDi diesel that covers 68.9 mpg (combined) and emanates 108 g/km of CO2. There’s also the Partner Electric able to run 106 miles on a single charge. The engines are paired to a 5-speed manual transmission by default but there’s also a 6-speed ETG automated transmission for extra £500.
The Peugeot Partner has made good progress in safety. Most of the safety equipment and functions that are optional on the previously produced models are standard now. Among them are an airbag for a driver, stability control, hazard lights, and a rear bulkhead. An airbag for a passenger at the front and side airbags are optional as well as a rear-view camera and parking sensors. The new Partner also offers the Active City Brake.
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