Peugeot Partner 2023 review: Premium – GVM load test of Peugeot’s small commercial van

With its 1320kg kerb weight and 2320kg GVM, the Partner Premium has a robust 1000kg payload rating and up to 120kg of that can be carried on the roof using Peugeot genuine accessory racks. Even though most buyers would probably never need to carry such heavy loads, it’s nice to know this little van is a genuine one-tonner if need be.

It’s also rated to tow up to 900kg of braked trailer but as Peugeot does not publish a GCM (Gross Combination Mass) rating for this vehicle class, we can’t tell you how much it can legally carry when towing 900kg. Again, probably not a big issue given typical small van use.

  • The center seat backrest folds forward to reveal a work desk that can slide and pivot for optimum working comfort.  (image: Mark Oastler) The center seat backrest folds forward to reveal a work desk that can slide and pivot for optimum working comfort. (image: Mark Oastler)
  • Part of the load floor length can be extended to 3090mm thanks to a large flap in the lower left of the cabin bulkhead.  (image: Mark Oastler) Part of the load floor length can be extended to 3090mm thanks to a large flap in the lower left of the cabin bulkhead. (image: Mark Oastler)

The cargo bay has no windows in the walls or doors which are all lined to mid-height. The cargo bay is accessed through sliding doors on each side and rear barn-doors with 180-degrees opening for forklift access. It allows for loads of up to 1817mm in length, 1527mm width and 1243mm height and with 1229mm between the rear wheel housings, it can carry either one standard 1165mm-square Aussie pallet or two 1200 x 800mm Euro pallets. There are six floor-mounted load anchorage points and a single light.

Part of the load floor length can be extended to 3090mm thanks to a large flap in the lower left of the cabin bulkhead, which when opened (and with the outer passenger seat folded forward) allows items more than 3.0 metres long to be slid through and safely transported. This handy feature expands the cargo bay’s load volume from 3.3 (flap closed) to 3.8 cubic metres.

The cargo bay is accessed through sliding doors on each side and rear barn-doors with 180-degrees opening.  (image: Mark Oastler) The cargo bay is accessed through sliding doors on each side and rear barn-doors with 180-degrees opening. (image: Mark Oastler)

There’s also thoughtful design evident in cabin storage and ease of use, starting with surprisingly large bins in the base of each door which can each hold up to three large bottles. There’s also a cup-holder at each end of the dash-pad, full-width overhead shelves and numerous places in the dash to store small items even though there’s no glovebox.

The center seat backrest folds forward to reveal a handy work desk that can slide forward and pivot left or right to an angle of about 45 degrees for optimum working comfort. Lifting the center seat’s base base also reveals a deep storage bin cushion beneath it, so there’s clever use of space here.

There are six floor-mounted load anchorage points and a single light in the cargo bay.  (image: Mark Oastler) There are six floor-mounted load anchorage points and a single light in the cargo bay. (image: Mark Oastler)