Peugeot Partner Electric van (2013-2019) practicality & load space
The Partner Electric has a smaller payload than the diesel van it’s based on
The Peugeot Partner Electric is reasonably roomy, with 3.3 cubic metres of load space in the L1 version, rising to 3.7 cubic metres in the L2. And if you want the extra capacity that the L2 offers, the Electric is your only option, as the diesel Partner isn’t available in this body style. However, that’s down to the fact the Partner Mk2 is being discontinued in favour of the all-new Partner van.
Peugeot Partner Electric van interior space, storage & comfort
A three-abreast seating layout marks the Partner out from rivals the Renault Kangoo Z.E. and Nissan e-NV200. However, the interior will be cramped if you travel three-up – at least the automatic gearbox means there’s legroom available where a gearlever would normally sit.
Instead, we’d recommend folding the middle seat down to make use of the desk behind it, while the outer passenger seat base can flip up to create a separate load area independent of the main cargo space. Alternatively, the outer seat back can also fold down, allowing longer items up to 3.25 metres to be carried in the L2 van (three metres in the L1).
Additional storage is available in two overhead shelves, the deep door bins and three trays on top of the dashboard, but in common with other French cars of its era, the Partner’s glovebox is tiny, due to the location of the fusebox on the nearside of the car. This isn't an issue with left-hand-drive Partner vans, because the fuses stay in place with the switch from left to right-hand-drive layouts.
Asymmetric rear doors open to reveal 3.3 cubic metres of load volume in the Partner Electric L1, while the L2 model gets 3.7 cubic metres of space. As well as the double doors (which are solid steel as standard, but can be upgraded with windows if you want them), the L1 gets a single sliding side door, while the L2 version gets twin side doors as standard – these can’t be added to the L1 model, though.
Fitting the battery pack under the load floor hasn’t affected load volume or dimensions inside, and there’s 1.23 metres of space between the wheelarches. The L1 model has a 1.8-metre load length, while the L2 offers 2.05 metres when the three seats are in use.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe Peugeot Partner Electric is slow and has a short range. It's due to be replaced soon
- 2Range, battery & chargingA small battery pack means the Peugeot Partner Electric doesn’t take as long as some rivals to charge
- 3Running costsPrices are on a par with rivals, but Peugeot Partner Electric doesn’t offer as much for the money
- 4Electric motor, drive & performanceInstant torque ensures the Peugeot Partner Electric is quick off the line, but the rest of the drive isn’t very thrilling
- 5Interior & comfortFunction overwhelms form in the Peugeot Partner Electric, with hard-wearing materials and a basic design
- 6Practicality & load space - currently readingThe Partner Electric has a smaller payload than the diesel van it’s based on
- 7Reliability & safetySimple running gear and a very familiar van body should make the Peugeot Partner Electric reliable, but there isn't enough safety equipment included