While the Bipper Tepee isn’t going to win any exterior design competitions, Peugeot has converted this van-derived model into a roomy family MPV.
It’s aimed at families looking for a practicality, with lots of space at a price which doesn’t break the bank and Peugeot delivers on all of these points.
The £13,245 asking price is reasonable for a car large enough to comfortably seat a family, with space for prams and it’s versatile enough to be turned into a load lugger when needed.
The load area has a capacity of 356-litres under the rear parcel shelf which can be expanded to 884-litres with the 60/40 split rear bench seat folded or 2.5m3 with the rear seat removed.
The rear load space is also very easily accessed, thanks to the two sliding side doors or the rear tailgate.
The 1.3-diesel copes well with the 1,330kg weight of the van, moving off spritely when zipping around town.
It’s fairly comfortable cruising at 70pm, but the engine is quite noisy. Wind buffeting the front mixes with the engine sound to create quite a noisy cabin environment.
The Bipper is quite easy to manoeuvre and optional rear parking sensors for £210 help when parking.
Running costs are good, with VED at £35 and while it can do 65.5mpg, it regularly returns fuel efficiency closer to the mid-50s. A start stop system comes as standard and that helps to get CO2 emissions down to 113g/km.
Interior specification is quite basic, but the cabin is roomy with loads of space for adults in the front and the back.
Customers also get an iPod compatible connection for MP3 players.
The Outdoor trim means customers get roof bars, chrome door mirror caps, front grille bar, raised suspension by 15mm and larger body sill protection mouldings and side mouldings.
The most difficult task for the Bipper Tepee is to differentiate itself from its main competitors, which are its own sister models – the Fiat Qubo and Citroën Nemo Multispace, all built in the same factory in Turkey.
They all cost about the same too. It will ultimately come down to the dealer experience with customers that are in the market for a model like this.