Peugeot Partner 2008 Model Review

Peugeot Partner 2008 Model

Peugeot Partner 2008 Model

2008 saw the Peugeot Partner van get a major overhaul. The older model was good, but the new one represented a significant upgrade. The 2008 version is based on the Peugeot 308, and as you might expect it gives a driving experience not unlike that of the car - well beyond the sort of road manners that the older Partner displayed. The new model is also bigger than that old van, and it can carry bigger payloads. The range has been extended to offer a choice of two load lengths, although Peugeot has managed to keep the actual wheelbases the same on both versions. There are sliding load access doors on each side as well as to the rear, so getting your loads in and out is pretty much a breeze.

Inside the cab, many people would be surprised to find a third seat in the cabin, much like you would find in the three-seat bench arrangement in bigger panel vans. The Partner was the first to offer this facility in a van of this size, but some caution should be exercised if you are keen on a three-seat van. That third seat is so small and legroom so limited that it is really only suited to a child. Perhaps that might be useful for the school run on the way to work but, this aside, the middle seat should really only be used when really needed over short distances. However, the Partner was also sold with two seats upfront, which is probably the more sensible configuration. This version also benefited from a large storage bin between the seats, which may be a better use of the limited space on offer. The passenger seat folds down to allow the carrying of longer loads, offering nearly three metres of load space. The squab of this seat also folds up, so you can carry tall items that need to stay upright on the cabin floor. Staying with the seats, they are a substantial improvement on those in the older model, which could feel a bit soft and lacking in support on longer journeys.

The 1.6 litre diesel engine is held over from the earlier Peugeot Partner, and that is fine because it is a great little engine. In the Partner it is quiet, and at 90hp it has the power to haul pretty heavy loads. It can also manage fuel economy that can touch 50mpg in the real world, and that is not bad going at all. The load space has been boosted from 3 to 3.3 cubic metres, and the payload has increased from 825kg to 850kg. There is a pull-down blind arrangement instead of a proper bulkhead between the load area and the cabin, but at least this will keep the load out of sight.

In summary, the Peugeot Partner is a thoroughly good van. It has been well thought out in the design phase, and it is comfortable and practical and capable of hauling decent loads. Prices are pretty fair, too, so if you are looking for a small van with big capabilities, a used Partner could be right for you.

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