The small van market is a competitive one due to the needs of businesses that require a van to carry equipment, that is both too heavy and bulky to fit in the boot of a car, and not quite heavy and bulky enough to warrant anything too large. To that end, the Peugeot Partner L1 fits the role quite nicely, giving good driver comforts and performance too.
The Peugeot Partner supports a 1.6 litre diesel engine which in turn provides 75bhp. Though this may not like much on paper, this still provides 175 Nm of torque at 1750 rpm. The Peugeot Partner is more than capable of carrying its 624Kg payload to wherever it is need to go, and is not underpowered when negotiating steep inclines or negotiating busy urban environments.
To that end, it has to be said that the Peugeot Partner does provide a good driving experience. The steering is a good balance between weight and fluidity, while the dashboard layout is chunky yet useful, containing several storage options. There is also a nice digital display in the centre of the dash displaying useful information such as the current temperature and time. The van is at home travelling distance on the motorway where engine noise is not intrusive, and does equally well traversing city streets. The fuel consumption of the vehicle is a pleasant 48.7 miles per gallon.
Loading is via the rear doors and for a van of its class offers the driver adequate dimensions for his or her cargo. Length wise the van offers 1800mm, while width wise it provides an impressive 1620mm. This narrows to 1229mm between the wheel arches however. Load height measures 1250mm, while the Peugeot Partner's loading area is just 584mm from the ground. Like all good vans in its class, getting a load into and out of it is not an issue.
As standard, the Peugeot Partner offers power steering, height adjustable steering column, a CD stereo and driver's airbag. Though there are no ABS brakes on the standard setup, arguably the vehicle does not really need them.
It is difficult to fault the Peugeot Partner as it offers good value for money and a good design to do its job. Businesses that opt for this type of van could well be swayed by its on road performance and nicely laid out interior.
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