Standard EquipmentTechnical SpecificationOptional ExtrasIndependent Review

Driver Convenience

  • 3D connected navigation + Peugeot connect SOS and assistance
  • 8" touch screen
  • Audible lights on warning
  • Compact steering wheel
  • Electric power steering
  • Exterior temperature gauge with frost alarm
  • Head up Display
  • Head up instrument panel
  • Mirror screen with mirror link and car play
  • Multi function trip computer
  • Stop/start system
  • Voice control system

Entertainment

  • 6 speakers
  • DAB radio with Bluetooth
  • MP3 connection
  • Rear USB port
  • Steering wheel mounted controls
  • USB socket

Exterior Features

  • Aluminium roof rails
  • Automatic activation of hazard warning lights
  • Automatic front windscreen wipers
  • Automatic triggered rear windscreen wiper in reverse gear
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Body colour door handles
  • Contrasting wheel arch trim
  • Cornering front fog lights
  • Dark tinted rear side windows + tailgate window
  • Electric folding door mirrors
  • Electric front/rear windows
  • Electric heated door mirrors
  • Gloss black door mirrors
  • Halogen headlights
  • Headlights left on audible warning
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED rear signature claw effect lights
  • Opening tailgate window
  • Radiator grille in 3D stamped effect and black surround
  • Rear wiper
  • Scuff plates
  • Tailgate with heated rear windscreen and wiper blade
  • Twin sliding side doors

Interior Features

  • 2 Foldable passenger seat in 3rd row with under seat storage and elbow rest
  • 2 independent and removable sliding 3 row seat
  • 3 Independent rear seat in 2nd row with magic flat modularity with controls accessible from the boot
  • 3 rear height adjustable headrests
  • 3 seat bench in 2nd row ISOFIX child seat mountings
  • 4 Lashing eyes in boot
  • Casual cloth upholstery
  • Door sill protectors with gloss black inserts
  • Driver's armrest
  • Drivers underseat storage
  • Dual zone automatic air conditioning
  • Electric reach + rake adjustable steering column
  • Fixing rings 4 in load compartment
  • Front centre console storage box
  • Front cupholders x 2
  • Front headrests
  • Front interior light with 2 reading spotlights and rear interior light with timer
  • Full width overhead storage shelf
  • Gear shift indicator
  • Gloss black door sills
  • Glove compartment
  • Height adjustable drivers seat with lumbar support
  • High console between front seats with storage compartment
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Parcel shelf - retractable
  • Tray tables at the back of the front seats
  • Under floor storage in 2nd row

Packs

  • Safety pack - Rifter
  • Visibility pack - Rifter

Safety

  • ABS + EBD + EBA
  • Adaptive driver and front passenger airbags with passenger airbag deactivation function
  • Child locks on rear doors
  • Driver/front passenger side airbags
  • Electronic parking brake
  • ESP + Hill Start Assist
  • Front and rear curtain airbags
  • Front seatbelt unfastened audible+visual warnings
  • Front three point retractable seatbelts with force limiters
  • Tyre pressure sensor
  • Ventilated front and rear disc brakes

Security

  • Auto door lock when driving
  • Deadlocks
  • Electronic immobiliser
  • Peugeot Open & Go System
  • Remote central locking

Trim

  • Quente Brown interior trim

Wheels

  • Full size spare wheel

Emissions

CO

0.073

CO2 (g/km)

120

HC

HC+NOx

0.059

Noise Level dB(A)

69

NOx

0.04

Particles

0.0004

Standard Euro Emissions

EURO 6

Engine and Drive Train

Camshaft

DOHC

Catalytic Convertor

1

CC

1499

Compression Ratio

16.4:1

Cylinders

4

Cylinders - Bore (mm)

75

Cylinders - Stroke (mm)

88.3

Engine Layout

FRONT TRANSVERSE

Fuel Delivery

COMMON RAIL

Gears

8 SPEED

Number of Valves

16

Transmission

SEMI-AUTO

Fuel Consumption

EC Combined (mpg)

61.4

EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies

1

EC Extra Urban (mpg)

64.2

EC Urban (mpg)

57.6

General

Badge Engine CC

1.5

Badge Power

130

Based On ID

Coin Description

BlueHDi 130

Coin Series

GT Line [7 Seats]

Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07

15E

NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %

NCAP Child Occupant Protection %

NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09

NCAP Pedestrian Protection %

NCAP Safety Assist %

Safety Concerns?

1

Special Edition

1

Special Order

1

Vehicle Homologation Class

M1

Performance

Engine Power - BHP

129

Engine Power - KW

96

Engine Power - RPM

3750

Engine Torque - LBS.FT

221

Engine Torque - MKG

30.6

Engine Torque - NM

300

Engine Torque - RPM

1750

Top Speed

114

Tyres

Alloys?

1

Space Saver?

1

Tyre Size Front

215/60 R17

Tyre Size Rear

215/60 R17

Tyre Size Spare

FULL SIZE

Wheel Style

AORAKI

Wheel Type

17" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height

1882

Length

4753

Wheelbase

2975

Width

1848

Width (including mirrors)

2107

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)

50

Gross Vehicle Weight

2340

Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)

1672

Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)

418

Max. Loading Weight

747

Max. Towing Weight - Braked

1050

Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked

750

Minimum Kerbweight

1593

No. of Seats

7

On The Road

Driver Convenience

Exterior Features

Interior Features

Packs

Paintwork

Safety

Security

Trim

Wheels

Summary

Commercial-based MPVs have genuinely come of age. The Peugeot Rifter, and indeed its sister vehicle the Citroen Berlingo, is proof positive of that. But as these vehicles have become more sophisticated, the prices have quietly crept up. Also, the way we perceive and use such cars is subtly different. This Rifter can be had with a slick multimedia system and a ritzy glass roof. It's no longer the sort of thing you'd chuck a couple of muddy mountain bikes into the back of without worrying about the upholstery. So has the Peugeot lost its way in that regard? Not really. The Rifter's available in a range of trim levels, with the French company looking to cater at the foot of the range to those who want something no-nonsense, while at the same time offering up-spec models to those who want car-like features but more space in the back. The bottom line is that this is still one of the most versatile vehicles that sensible money will buy.

Background

Go back a few years and van-based passenger vehicles were, and there's no real way to gild this one, a bit rough. You bought one because you needed stacks of space and you didn't have a lot of money. Or alternatively, because your kids would destroy anything that wasn't built in the back like a police detention vehicle. These days, things have changed. Not only have commercial vehicles become a lot slicker, but there's been a gradual merging between conventional MPVs and van-based people carriers. There's no longer a yawning gulf in look and feel. Well, that's the case for most manufacturers anyway. For Peugeot, that's a trickier gap to bridge, largely because the interior build quality of their passenger cars has raced ahead massively within the last five years. In order to try to keep up, the brand has replaced its previous van-based MPV, the Partner Tepee, with this smarter, slicker Rifter model.

Driving Experience

You might expect a couple of petrol engines and a diesel to be offered, but the Rifter weighs in with no fewer than five Euro6-compliant engines. So what's on offer? The petrol options open with a 110PS 1.2-litre PureTech three cylinder unit - with a 130PS version of the same powerplant also available. From there on in it's all diesel. Propping up the range is a 75PS 1.5-litre BlueHDi unit, then there are 100 and 130PS versions of much the same engine, all with Start and Stop fuel-saving technology fitted. The 130PS 1.5 diesel and the 1.2 130PS petrol models are available with automatic gearbox options. There's also another innovation that will be of interest to UK buyers, namely Advanced Grip Control. This is a system that provides enhanced traction on roads or tracks with low grip surfaces, allowing the vehicle to continue to make progress in a situation where a normal two-wheel drive vehicle would struggle. It's combined with a generous ground clearance of 15cm with Mud & Snow tyres. It adapts to the conditions encountered by acting on the front driving wheels. At any time, the driver can choose to allow the system to operate automatically in Standard mode, or can switch it into 'Snow', 'Off-road', 'Sand', or 'ESP Off' modes by using a dial on the dash centre panel.

Design and Build

This Rifter model, like its Citroen Berlingo design stablemate, sits on the PSA Group's latest EMP2 platform. As with the old Partner Tepee, there are two wide sliding side doors and they feature electric windows. There are two body styles - 'either Standard Length (with five seats) or Long Length (with seven seats). At the wheel, this model uses the innovative 'Peugeot i-Cockpit' design familiar from the brand's other models. Peugeot claims even more interior versatility this time round and storage solutions abound under every flap and in every crevice with more ingenious inclusions as you ascend the range. There are three individual seats in the rear that can be folded down with a simple movement using the 'Magic Flat' controls in the boot. Combined with a folding front passenger seat, this feature provides a perfectly flat floor and a load length of up to 2.70m for the 'Standard Length' version and 3.05m for the lengthier 'Long Length' model. A huge tailgate makes loading easy and there's a class-leading boot volume, increased by 100-litres to 775-litres for the 'Standard Length' model. The boot is easily accessible thanks to the opening rear window in the tailgate and two different height positions for the luggage cover. Around the cabin, there are 28 large and ingenious storage spaces such as the new-generation Modutop multi-function roof that also lets more light into the interior. The 'Top Box' glove box is unique to the segment thanks to the 'Airbag in Roof' system.

Market and Model

Prices sit in the £20,000 to £25,000 bracket. That means that this van-based compact MPV could easily undercut Peugeot's more car-like 5008 7-seat MPV model by £3,000 to £4,000, depending on the variant being considered. Base 'Active' trim includes as standard Lane Keeping Assist, Speed limit recognition and recommendation and Active Safety Brake. Plus air conditioning, electric and heated door mirrors, Bluetooth, a DAB radio and aluminium roof bars. Step up to 'Allure' trim and you get electric rear windows, rear parking sensors, an electric parking brake, tray tables at the back of the front seats, an 8-inch capacitive colour touchscreen with smartphone-mirroring and voice recognition, LED daytime running lights and 16-inch 'Taranaki' Alloy Wheels. Range-topping 'GT Line' trim gives you Connected 3D Navigation, keyless entry, automatic dual zone climate control, power folding mirrors, a panoramic glass roof and 17-inch 'Aoraki' alloy wheels. 'Bianca White' is the standard colour for all trims, with 'Onyx Black' and 'Ardent Red' available as options. Metallic paint in five colours ('Cumulus Grey', 'Nimbus Grey', 'Pearl Sand', 'Deep Blue' and 'Sunset Copper') can also be specified on 'Active', 'Allure' and 'GT Line' variants.

Cost of Ownership

Peugeot has worked hard to drive down tailpipe emissions and deliver strong economy with the Rifter and to good effect. The 110hp 1.2-litre PureTech petrol variant most will want manages 51.3mpg on the combined cycle and 125g/km of CO2. Of course, you'll have to do your bit as a driver in order to get anywhere near the published fuel figures. To help you, the centre dash infotainment screen's 'Trip Computer' section gives you read-outs for current fuel consumption and remaining range. Drive any of the diesel models with a modicum of restraint and you'll be able to get better than 50mpg from them. Enough on engine efficiency. What about other financial considerations? Well, regular service intervals come round every 16,000 miles or 12 months, depending on which comes sooner. If you engage in what Peugeot calls 'Arduous' conditions of use, then you'll need a servicing visit every 10,000 miles or every year. The bottom line is that most owners will need to budget around an annual dealership appointment; there are plenty of Peugeot outlets to choose from, so you should never be too far from one. So you can budget ahead, the French maker offers a maintenance scheme that lets you pay either a one-off fee or monthly instalments to cover the cost of the routine upkeep of your car for as long as three years and 35,000 miles.