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EGC model has a dashboard-mounted knob to select Reverse, Neutral, Auto or Manual

manoeuvres were harder to control than with a manual clutch.

The Stop and Start is a bit strange; stopping to drop a passenger off saw the engine automatically stop as the car came to a halt, but then restart when the passenger opened the door, even though you're hardly likely to set off with the door open!

This MPV (multi purpose vehicle) is derived from Peugeot's Partner Van. The idea's simple: add some extra windows and seats, and a van becomes an MPV. It can either carry three people in the back seats, or if you whip the seats out you've got a van-like space in the back, so you can carry all those odds and ends. This practicality appeals to many people, whether they want space for work, or for leisure activities.

There are lots of options. Do you

want more seats? In most diesel models you can specify a third row, making it a seven-seater. Do you want more flexibility? In some versions you can opt for three separate seats in the middle row, rather than the standard 60/40 split. And if you use unsurfaced roads, the extra ground clearance and under- engine protection of the 'Outdoor' might appeal. The high roof makes for a nice airy feel and a glass- panelled 'Zenith' roof is available on

some models.

There's also a choice of trims levels, starting at 'Urban' and running up through 'S' and 'Family' to 'Outdoor'. Air conditioning is only standard on the top two, it's £650 extra on the 'S' and not available on the 'Urban'.

Some versions are only available with one engine (the Urban has a 98bhp petrol engine and the Family has a 92bhp diesel) but the range- topping Outdoor has a choice of

diesels (92bhp or 112bhp). The S offers the widest variety: 120bhp petrol and three diesel options: 75bhp, 92bhp - or 92bhp with 'Stop & Start' and an automated gearchange (EGC).

We drove this final version, the Partner Tepee S e-HDi 92. The EGC produces a lower government emissions figure than the manual, but changes between lower gears can be harsh, so it won't suit everyone. We also found delicate

There's lots of storage space in various places and the ride was impressive on poor surfaces, such as on the unmade road to Great Witley Church and Tea Rooms. On 'proper' roads, there was a lot of body roll if you tried to corner quickly, but it seemed to grip well enough. At higher speeds wind noise was obvious and there was some body boom.

It averaged 45mpg while delivering the Teme Valley Times around the local area, which isn't bad for short- distance stop-start driving. Retail prices range from £12,755 to £16,695, excluding any options.


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2. LWB only. Offer is only applicable in the UK (excludes NI, Channel Islands & I.O.M), subject to availability, whilst stocks last and may be amended or withdrawn at any time. Offer available between 1st January and 31st March 2012. Specification varies by model. 4x4 range fuel consumption in mpg (ltrs/100km): Urban 28.0 – 44.1 (10.1 – 6.4), Extra Urban 37.7 – 61.4 (7.5 – 4.6), Combined 33.2 – 54.3 (8.5 – 5.2), CO2 emissions 224 – 138g/km.

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