Peugeot’s Tepee is an excellent choice for buyers who find practicality one of the most significant factors to consider when choosing a car. As a medium-sized car, it can fit well with large families thanks to its seven-seat capacity. But its excellent size and generous interior may be compromised by other, less-promising features that drivers may equally find unpleasant.
Interior space is luxurious with the Tepee, and is the vehicle’s foremost advantage over other cars in the segment. The boot space alone is 640 litres. Without the seats, the vehicle has the impressive capacity of 2,800 litres. The rear bench seats are split-folding, and buyers have the option to get the removable versions. Overhead cabin storage, under-seat drawers and the deep centre console also allows passengers more room for their belongings. Getting in and out of the vehicle is easy with dual sliding doors and wide, low lipped rear door.
The Tepee is a fun driving experience and can manage all types of roads. It is surprisingly agile on the road, and steering is very light. Engine noise is also not an issue. The seats are comfortable, and the driver’s seat is supportive. The visibility is also excellent, and the cabin controls are all reasonably placed.
Passengers of the Tepee will be happy with the amount of head and legroom that the car can accommodate. Getting one is easy on the wallet, and accessories are also affordable.
While engine choices are plenteous, all these are not exceptionally brilliant. Granted, the Tepee was made for casual driving, but other vehicles deliver better engine performance. Of the two versions, the diesel engines are also more affordable to run. Buying a petrol engine can be costly as it can guzzle up a sizeable amount and emit fumes. The diesel, however, is cheaper to run.
The Tepee suffers from excessive body rolls which can prove uncomfortable for passengers. Bumps on the road are also felt more keenly. Road noise can also be distracting. All models also come with a five-speed manual gearbox, which can deter those used to driving automatic cars.
Drivers expecting a flashy interior to match the quirky look may find the interior of average styling. The Tepee is highly utilitarian, and it does not fail to prove the point with its interior outfitting comprised of plastics.
As a family car, its spare safety equipment can come as unpleasant. Models only come with driver and passenger airbags -- side and head airbags as well as stability control can only be arranged for extra. In general, the equipment is also lacking. Standard features include remote central locking and electric front windows.
Given the Tepee’s specs, interested buyers may find its faults more than enough to overweigh the incredible boot space it delivers. However, large families and buyers that are especially looking for practicality cannot deny that the Tepee’s interior space is one of the most competitive in the segment. Higher trims are enough to compensate for standard models, and with its price, the choice can be affordable for most.
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