The Peugeot starts off at a disadvantage because of its low towing limit. A maximum of 1300kg is well below the 85% match figure, and rules out many family caravans.
That’s disappointing, because otherwise the Peugeot has many positive points. One judge described it as “supremely practical”. The tall body provides great headroom, and there’s plenty of storage space dotted around the cabin. The boot is huge, swallowing our holiday luggage with ease. We’re also pleased that it comes with a full-size spare wheel.
The van-like appearance might not promise much fun for the driver, but the Partner Tepee is surprisingly good to drive, so long as you’re not in a rush – foot on the floor, it needed 21.7 seconds to go from 30-60mph with a van in tow.
Along with more poke, better brakes would also be welcome. The stopping distance of 11.3 metres is mediocre on a dry track. In the lane-change test, the van was soon swaying around behind the Peugeot, but it was only at high speeds that the back of the car was pulled off-line.
The HDi 112 Outdoor isn’t cheap, but it is the top-spec model. Generous discounts knock around £2000 off the asking price.