Along with its PSA (Citroën and Peugeot’s parent company) brother, the Berlingo, Peugeot’s Partner received its last major update in 2003 and despite the launch of an all-new model range, the original will remain on sale in tandem badged, aptly, as the Origin.
Unlike Citroën, however, Peugeot is offering a much reduced and simpler line-up with just the one 75hp 1.6HDi common rail diesel engine option. The 1.4-litre petrol and 90hp 1.6HDi are no longer available. The 75hp 1.6HDi engine is a gem, however, in just about every department. It’s powerful enough with 170Nm of peak torque, refined and pretty fuel-efficient to boot.
Ride and handling have been improved over the years since its launch in 1996 and the standard fitment variable-rate power steering provides enough feedback. Brakes are ventilated discs at the front and drums at the rear, and ABS is a cost-option.
The load area provides 2.8m3 of cargo space and payload choice is 600kg or 800kg. Access is via twin symmetrical side-hinged rear doors. There is no hatchback option.
The cab is still a good working environment, although it has to be said that it’s showing its age when compared to the all-new models.The standard specification is a bit basic with driver’s airbag, radio/CD player with satellite controls and height-adjustable steering column. Go for the Professional trim, however, and it adds central-locking, electric windows and mirrors, and a nearside sliding door.
Servicing — or rather an oil change — is required every 12,500 miles and the standard warranty is three years/60,000 miles.
Peugeot has updated the original Partner over the years and it’s still a good, solid prospect, but it’s not in the same league as the all-new models.