Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5

Good attention to detail has been paid to the design of the cabin, with all major controls and functions in easy reach of the driver. The driver’s seat elevates and the steering wheel can be raised and moved closer for a comfy driving position. The upright dashboard is a little unconventional and the mixture of colours, textures and plastic finishes look uncoordinated.

Nonetheless, it compensates in functionality for what it lacks in style, with durable and easy-to-use buttons and controls. You’re always aware you’re in a van-based people carrier though and it lacks the sophistication of conventional family cars.

The cabin is exceptionally well-insulated. Engine and road noise is muffled and the Partner Tepee is settled at speed, however the petrol engines can sound intrusive when revved hard – which they need to be if the car is fully laden. There’s only really enough room in the back for two adults, though three kids will be fine and leg and headroom are both reasonable throughout.

In March 2009 a seven seat model was introduced to the range which adds to occasional seats in the back. They’re okay for smaller children, but even teens will find them cramped. Higher-spec models add tasteful silver interior trim touches while manual air-conditioning is optional on S and standard on Outdoor models.