The Partner Tepee is Peugeot’s badge-engineered version of the equally convolutedly sounding Citroën Berlingo Multispace. It might look like a van with windows but the Partner Tepee/Berlingo Multispace has been designed as a passenger car from the outset.
Unsurprisingly, the Peugeot Partner Tepee is almost identical to the Berlingo to drive. And that means good refinement levels, reasonably sophisticated handling and generally a surprisingly car-like driving experience. The Partner also shares its sibling’s dynamic flaws, which means a firm, slightly crashy ride and an awkwardly angled steering wheel (although considering its light commercial underpinnings, that’s easy enough to forgive). Otherwise, the seating position itself feels quite car like.
Two diesel engines and a pair of petrols are offered. The diesels are the most obvious models to choose, and we'd recommend the least powerful of the two outputs. The 99bhp version is offered in both trim levels and is backed up with 187lb ft of torque at 1750rpm. Even so, it takes a leisurely 13.4secs to reach 62mph. It can’t deliver the punch of the more powerful 118bhp version, but the performance gap doesn’t feel that great. It’s not going to win any drag races, but it feels quicker than its acceleration benchmark suggests.