The Partner is available with 1.6-litre 75hp and 100hp diesel engines, a 1.6 98hp petrol, and also with electric power.
We tested the Blue HDi 100 panel van L1 (short-wheelbase) in top Professional spec, which offers features such as aircon and rear parking sensors. It also had a five-speed manual gearbox, although there’s also an ETG6 six-speed automated manual. The manual requires AdBlue to meet the Euro6 standard.
The 100hp Partner offers responsive performance, and the gearbox is slick enough, although an extra gear would be handy for dual-carriageways and motorways. Build quality is respectable.
Access to the load area is via a sliding nearside door plus twin, opaque asymmetric rear doors. Fold down the outboard passenger seat and flip a section of steel bulkhead into the cargo bay and you can extend the load bed by 1,200mm.
The cabin has three seats but the middle one is impractical even on the shortest trips. On the plus side, the middle seat back folds down to form a desk, while there is plenty of storage space.
The next-generation Partner is due in 2018.
Engine size 1.6-litre
Load volume 3.3m3
Combined mpg 67.3mpg
Price (ex VAT) £17,273