Expanding the successful Peugeot Bipper range further is a five seater ‘Tepee’ version. Good MPG, nippy around town and reliable, the small MPV is a little different to your average 5-seat familymobile. A massive load volume of 884 litres, despite its small size makes it great for about town.
Also, with its low emissions it benefits from a vehicle excise duty of just £35 and combined fuel consumption of 62.8 mpg with the 1.4 litre HDi 70 bhp diesel engine.
With an overall length of 3.959 metres and a width of 1.684 metres or 1.816 metres with the door mirrors folded, it is clearly designed for urban driving where ease of driving and practicality are a necessity. Its height of 1.72 metres or 1.78 metres with roof bars also ensures trouble-free access to underground car parks.
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 under all circumstances, thanks to the two sliding side doors or, indeed, the glazed rear tailgate. Even the narrowest of parking places won’t prevent you getting into the car or gaining access to objects stored in the boot.
The Bipper Tepee has been designed with urban driving in mind. To carry out any manoeuvre in complete safety in urban traffic, large door mirrors are provided. They can be adjusted electrically and are heated in conjunction with the heated rear screen de-misting function. To assist in tricky parking manoeuvres an optional rear parking assistance system is available. For passenger convenience, one-touch electric front windows are fitted as standard and manual air-conditioning is available either as standard or as an option.
The Bipper Tepee is fitted as standard with a Radio / CD player with MP3 compatibility. An optional hands-free phone kit allows a Bluetooth® mobile phone to be used inside the vehicle in complete safety.
To ensure the Bipper Tepee is very easy to drive it has an optimised suspension and a turning circle diameter of only 9.95 metres between kerbs. Hydraulic power steering helps the driver to nip in and out of urban traffic and makes it easier to access tight parking spots. ABS is fitted as standard combined with ventilated front disc brakes and rear drum brakes.
The Bipper is fitted as standard with 15” inch steel wheels and 185/65R15 tyres. The spare wheel is located in the rear part of the floor and is a full size spare wheel.
The Bipper Tepee is available with two engine options, a 1.4 litre petrol engine and a 1.4 litre HDi diesel engine. Both engines ensure the vehicle has appropriate performance levels while also reducing fuel consumption and ensuring the lowest possible CO2 emissions.
The 1.4 litre petrol engine is fitted with a 5-speed manual gearbox: the 1.4 litre HDi diesel engine is available with either a conventional 5 speed manual gearbox or electronically controlled 5 speed manual gearbox, perfect for use in busy urban areas. Based on the standard manual gearbox, it uses an electro-hydraulic control system which ensures smooth and flexible gear changes and allows the driver to select either manual mode (gear changes controlled by the driver via the gear lever), or automatic mode (no gear changes carried out by the driver).
The Bipper Tepee is also a safe environment for all its occupants due to the comprehensive range of secondary safety equipment which compliments the specially reinforced structure.
All models are fitted as standard with driver, passenger and side airbags combined with front inertia reel seatbelts at the front (with pre-tensioners and force limiters to control the physical forces to which the occupants are exposed) and three inertia reel seat belt for the rear occupants. Since it is both necessary and compulsory to wear a seat belt, a warning lamp on the instrument panel reminds occupants to wear their seat belt and an audible warning is activated if the driver’s seat belt is unfastened.
Children, who will often be the first inside the Bipper Tepee, are especially well catered for with both the outer rear seats equipped with Isofix child safety seat mounting points. The passenger air bag can also be de-activated if required, enabling a child safety seat to be fitted to the front passenger seat.
Finally, to complete the safety devices, an “inertia” cut-off safety system detects any sharp deceleration and, in the event of a collision, instantly disconnects the electrical power and fuel supply, thereby eliminating any possible fire risk.
The Bipper Tepee is available in two trim levels S and Outdoor. The S is available with either a 1.4 litre petrol engine or a 1.4 HDi diesel engine. Standard equipment consists of: driver, passenger and side airbags, ABS, one touch electric front windows, electric heated door mirrors, remote control central locking, radio / CD player with MP3 functionality, power steering, twin glazed sliding side doors, height adjustable driver seat with armrest, rake and reach adjustable steering wheel, 60 / 40 split folding and removable rear bench seat, rear seat head restraints, 15” steel wheels with “Sketch” wheel trims …
The Outdoor builds on this standard specification and is also available with both engine options. It adds the following standard equipment; suspension raised by 15 mm, larger body sill protection mouldings and side mouldings, <0} an under–body engine protection plate, lower front panel trim, roof bars, front fog lights, manual air-conditioning…
The Bipper Tepee range is available in a range of eight exterior body colours and two standard interior trims, Marie Bursa cloth (S) and Trip cloth (Outdoor).by