Partner Tepee Outdoor HDi 110 5-door
Tepee might not win any
beauty contests, despite its Outdoor
but it is functional. Where it really
excels is in its use of space, seating
versatility and cargo carrying.
Exactly what families want, in fact...
PARTNER TEPEE PRICES RANGE FROM £11,605 up to £15,745 the seven-seat
option pack adds another £570 or £800, according to which version it is fitted.
There are four levels of specification: Urban, S, Zenith and the more lifestyle
Outdoor variant which has increased ground clearance, under-body protection
plates, alloy wheels, air conditioning, internal roof rack, cruise control and
side and curtain airbags. This model is meant for the active outdoor family
and the subject for my test review.
The problem with the current poor performance of the new car market is that
the majority of families are either changing their cars and buying second-hand
or downsizing to stay within their budget. MPVs, mainly the large ones, experienced
a sales drop of 48% in March as they continued their downward spiral.
There has also be a surge in versatile, boxy-shaped new MPV models being pushed
onto the market, such as the Fiat Qubo, Nissan Note, Kia Soul, Toyota Verso
and, the best one so far this year, the Citroen C3 Picasso. The Partner Tepee
not only has to compete against these but also the already-established MPVs:
Ford S-Max, C-Max and Galaxy, Chrysler Grand Voyager, Citroen C4 Picasso/C8,
Fiat Multipla/Doblo, etc. And all in a market sector declining as the 'supermini'
becomes more attractive to downsizing families.
Where the Peugeot Expert Tepee excels is in its use of space, seating versatility
and cargo carrying. It is very practical use of a 4,380mm-long box, and the
sliding side rear doors and huge tailgate mean access for people, dogs, wheelchairs
or pure recreational kit is very easy. And, depending on the model, seats can
be folded or removed as well.
Furthermore, in addition to the 505-2,800 litres of load space, the Partner
Tepee has lots of extra storage space plus, on some models, a false roof construction
which adds even more pockets and cubby-holes. So much so that trying to find
where 'stuff' has been packed is a novel game to keep the children amused.
So the packaging of the Tepee is good even if, despite its Outdoor 'active lifestyle'
specification kit, it's not the most attractive ride on the block. But whatever
else you might say about it, you can't say that it isn't functional!
Engine-wise there is a good choice: two 1.6-litre petrol engines (90 or 110
go for the 110 unit if petrol is a must) or alternatively there are three
1.6-litre diesel engine options: 75, 90 or 110. Not all engines are available
with all specifications but the Outdoor version in five- or seven-seat form
is available only with the 90 and 110 turbodiesel units. The extra torque these
engines give makes much more sense especially when carrying people, their kit
or just a bulky load.
the most aerodynamic MPV in the world, the Partner Tepee is actually quite fun
to drive especially if it's for family transport. Just throw in the kids, dog,
tent and what-have-you and hit the trail.
for a large
Being a tall vehicle there is plenty of body roll, so strap the passengers in
tightly and avoid carrying people who might suffer from car sickness. The grip
is, however, predictable and the ride comfort is good over most surfaces although
bumps from potholes and road noise do intrude. All passengers will like the
upright seating positions which, with the huge windows, give excellent visibility
so the passenger can see for themselves if 'they are there yet'.
The interior has quite large areas of durable and easy to clean plastic which
looks of reasonable quality, and the vehicle feels well put together. The instruments
and controls are well positioned and logical to use. The Partner Tepee Outdoor
model also has, as standard, height-adjustable driver's seat, electric windows
and electrically-operated and heated door mirrors, loads of pockets and storage
bins, remote central locking, a retractable and removable parcel shelf and,
in five passenger spec, removable or folding individual rear seats.
Unfortunately, although the Partner Tepee has a good array of safety features,
Electronic Stability Control is a £350 option and it shouldn't be for
a family vehicle which can also carry heavy loads. Otherwise the equipment levels
are pretty good, even for the basic 1.6-litre 90bhp Urban model with a price
tag of £11,605 that represents real value for money for a large five-seater
However, my Tepee Outdoor test model is right at the other end of the price
scale. In its five-seat form, as tested, it costs a hefty £15,745 which isn't
such good value. There are also must-have extra-cost options and the residual
values for mid to large MPVs are certainly not currently very good.
I cannot say anything new about the well-known 1.6-litre 110 (107bhp) turbodiesel
engine. It is widely used by Peugeot, Citroen and others and the unit is refined,
quite nippy and well able to provide more than enough speed for long motorway
trips. Top speed is 106mph and 0-62mph takes 14.3 seconds. The 177lb ft of torque
(from just 1,750rpm) makes it a very flexible engine at low and stop/start speeds
yet responsive in the mid-range.
Officially, this model will return 50.4mpg 48.7mpg during my test. The
CO2 emissions are 147g/km which now means an annual road tax bill of £125. Keeping
the running costs low is a competitive 4E insurance group rating.
Against? Top models are expensive and there's no ESP as standard. That noted,
this vehicle, for its medium car length, offers owners as much space as they
are ever likely to need for whatever use. Engine performance is good and it's
generally comfortable and although it certainly isn't a pretty vehicle
definitely function over fashion it's still fun to use. David
Peugeot Partner Tepee Outdoor HDi 110 5-door | £15,745
Maximum speed: 106mph | 0-62mph: 14.3 seconds | Overall test MPG: 48.7mpg
Power: 107bhp | Torque: 177lb ft | CO2 147g/km | Insurance group 4E