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The Partner is real all rounder, this is a practical vehicle with plenty of load space, good fuel economy and an exceptionally comfortable ride. If that sounds like your ideal van get in touch with our team now to find out more about Peugeot Partner leasing.
On paper at least then, the prospects are promising.
As ever, motive power for this van comes primarily from a 1. 6-litre diesel engine, but there’s quite a choice when it comes to the way you get it. From the launch of the revised model in mid-2015, the French brand continued to offer the older Euro5 75bhp and 92bhp HDi versions of this powerplant, but the company’s future sales emphasis clearly lies with the more advanced BlueHDi version of this unit. The 100bhp powerplant is offered with either a 5-speed manual gearbox or the brand’s ETG6 clutchless automatic manual set-up, ideal for urban users and city-based drivers.
We’d say it’s well worth stretching to the BlueHDi engine – and not only for its greater efficiency. Torque – pulling power through the gears – gets quite a boost with the new technology. So while the older Euro5 75bhp and 92bhp HDi variants can only manage 185Nm and 215Nm of torque respectively, the BlueHDi 100 model boosts that figure to a far more usable 254Nm, something you’ll really notice when pulling out to pass that swaying artic up-front. For what it’s worth, acceleration from rest is usefully rapid too, the BlueHDi 100 model needing 11. 8s for the 0-62mph sprint, making it a second faster than the 90bhp HDi variant. The top speed with the more modern engine is 101mph.
We should point out that you don’t have to have diesel power in your Partner. From launch, the French brand chose to update its aging 1. 6 VTi 98bhp petrol unit to Euro6 status, so that engine was initially offered in the improved model for the few operators likely to want it. An even rarer sight on our roads is the clever all-electric version.
The improved second generation Partner model gets what Peugeot calls a more ‘assertive’ design, with the front end now emphasised by the chrome-framed grille with the Peugeot lion at its centre. There’s a re-styled front bumper too and the result, the designers hope, is to give the vehicle a greater sense of robustness.
As ever, there are two Partner bodystyles to consider – the standard ‘L1’ version and the longer ‘L2’ derivative. Avoid entry-level trim and your Partner will come with what the brand calls its ‘Multi-flex’ modular cabin, a configuration which allows the outer passenger seat to be folded flat so that longer items can be poked through from the cargo area.
The other benefit of the Multi Flex package is that it includes a useful middle seat so that a third passenger can be accommodated if necessary. It’s features like these that’ll make the van an easier proposition if you’re needing the kind of mobile office functionality that many drivers now seem to want.
These people will probably like the idea of stretching to a top-spec model which features what is probably the main change in the improved model’s cabin, the 7-inch touchscreen and upgraded DAB audio system.
Time to focus on practicality, as expected, the rear doors open through 180-degrees and once you’ve lumped your items over the relatively low 584mm-high loading lip, you’ll find a cargo area that’s very comparable to the one you’d get in an equivalent Ford Transit Connect, Renault Kangoo or Volkswagen Caddy. Even in the standard ‘L1’ Partner model, it’s big enough to swallow a couple of Euro pallets, thanks to a useful 1,230mm of width between the wheel arches - payload-permitting of course. On that subject, payload capacity ranges between 641kg and 846kgs, depending on the variant you choose: that’s competitive with most rivals, though there are some that can take up to 1,000kgs.
The result is that as a starting point, an L1-spec Partner can swallow 3. 3m3. With its extra 248mm of body length, the ‘L2’ version can increase that figure to 3. 7m3, this variant also coming complete with twin sliding side doors.
I mention these figures only as a ‘starting point’ because, provided you’ve avoided entry-level trim, your Partner will be fitted out with the clever Multi-flex modular seating system which will enable you to flatten the outer passenger seat into the floor and push through longer items into the cab, increasing your loading length to 3,000mm in the ‘L1’ model and 3,250mm in the ‘L2’ version. As a result, total carriage capacity can be upped to 3. 7m3 in this ‘L1’ model, or as much as 4. 1m3 in the lengthened ‘L2’ bodystyle.
On to running costs. The advantage of choosing the more modern BlueHDi diesel engine becomes readily apparent, though the efficiency returns of the older Euro5 75bhp and 92bhp HDi units aren’t too bad (expect 56. 5mpg on the combined cycle), in a BlueHDi 100 variant, you can expect 67. 3mpg on the combined cycle, thanks in part to a ‘S&S’ stop/start system that cuts the engine when you don’t need it, stuck in traffic or waiting at the lights. BlueHDi technology has an even bigger effect when it comes to CO2 efficiency, the figure falling from just over 130g/km with the older HDi engines to 110g/km if you go for a manual BlueHDi 100 model.
Peugeot’s improved Partner van has become cleverer and more sophisticated, whilst still retaining the practicality that has made it an LCV favourite. The option of BlueHDi engine technology should make a big difference to running costs and if you get yourself a variant with the clever 7-inch infotainment screen inside, then your little compact van will feel very up to date indeed.
Overall then, what are we looking at? A sensible business Partner? Well that’s one way of putting it. You might though, prefer to simply see this model in the way that many owners do: as their right hand van.