When it was first launched in 1996, the Peugeot Partner created something of a revolution in the UK small van market.
It had been designed to meet demand from business users for a robust and efficient van that would cope with a variety of needs.
Over the years, the Peugeot Partner has managed to meet that demand and build on its success with a comfortable and spacious offering that impresses buyers.
Peugeot Partner sees it sales rocket
Indeed, between 2009 and 2014, the van’s market share for its segment in Europe grew to 20%.
Now the van has been revamped and along with some design tweaks, Peugeot says they have also brought in lower running costs and improved efficiency, robustness and modernity.
Peugeot now says that its engines are the most frugal available in a small van and they also meet the new tighter Euro 6 regulations.
Buyers have the option of BlueHDI engines as well as six VTi petrol units which will deliver a range of power outputs from 75HP to 120HP.
These engines are, on average, around 15% more efficient than the engines they replace.
Lower running costs for the Peugeot Partner
For instance, the 1.6litre VTi five-speed manual unit that produces 98HP has CO2 emissions of 147g/km.
The firm also has a good diesel engine in the 1.6litre BlueHDi which has CO2 emissions of 110g/km.
The diesel engines offer more torque and higher power and currently the firm’s Euro 5 engines will still be available until June next year.
Alongside these vans is the excellent Peugeot Partner Electric van which has zero emissions and a power output of 67HP with owners able to travel up to 105 miles on a single charge. The electric van has a battery and drivetrain warranty of 60,000 miles or eight years.
The Peugeot Partner still impresses for its safety levels which include ‘grip control’ which offers better traction on rough surfaces and there’s a range of safety kit including ABS, ESP with traction control, hill start assist and emergency braking assistance.
Peugeot Partner has improved equipment and option levels
Later this year, Peugeot is also offering its active city brake which will detect the potential for a low speed collisions and automatically begin to apply the brakes to avoid hitting an obstacle.
Standard features also include a speed limiter and cruise control on most trim levels and options include a reversing camera and front parking sensors.
The Peugeot Partner offers a range of impressive payloads and load length capacities – it should easily accommodate two Euro pallets and the L2 version has one of the best payload limits for its category of up to 750kg.