Peugeot Rifter Review 2024

Peugeot Rifter At A Glance

+Easy to use, three separate full-sized centre row seats fold into the floor, i-Cockpit makes it more enjoyable to drive.

-Same as the Berlingo with different front end styling and badging, hardly beautiful. Petrol 1.2 Puretech 130 EAT8 now delayed in UK until Q4 2020.

The Rifter is a van-based MPV that majors on practicality and replaces the Partner Tepee in Peugeot's line-up. Taking styling trends from the French carmaker's SUV range, the Rifter is available with five or seven seats and features a smart low loading flat floor that makes it easy to fold seats away and load pets, suitcases, bulky items or whatever else you need to move at weekends. 

Practicality includes twin side sliding doors and three separate full-sized centre row seats, which fold into the floor and extend to a folding passenger seat that allows ladders and surfboards inside to a length of 2700mm in the short version or 3050mm in the long. With all of the seats in place boot space is limited to 250-322 litres (depending on which model you choose) but that increase to 1050 litres with the second row lowered.  

The engine line-up starts with the 1.2-litre Puretech 110PS petrol, while the 1.5-litre BlueHDi diesel unit is available with 76PS, 102Ps and 131PS, along with an optional EAT8 eight-speed torque converter automatic transmission. Claimed economy for the three-cylinder petrol peaks at 51.4mpg and 68.9mpg for the four-cylinder diesel. 

Despite its van origins, the Rifter is packed with modern kit and all versions are available with touchscreen infotainment, blind spot warning, adaptive cruise control and Peugeot's excellent digital i-Cockpit system. Optional Advanced Grip Control improves traction in wintery conditions, while a four-wheel drive Dangel system may also be offered on UK models.

Ask Honest John

Are van-based cars subject to van speed limits?

"Are van-based cars subject to van speed limits? Which are the van-based cars? Thanks."
Van-based cars, also known as car-derived vans or MPVs, aren't considered the same as commercial panel vans - which must do 10mph less than the national speed limit for a car on single and dual carriageways. That's the simplest explanation without getting into van weights and the like. You can see the full breakdown here: MPVs include vehicles like the Citroen Berlingo and Peugeot Rifter. You can see our top 10 MPVs here: We also ran a Peugeot Rifter for six months, which you can read about here:
Answered by Georgia Petrie

Are there any cars with sliding doors that fit three child seats?

"I want a car or MPV with sliding doors for a family of three kids and two adults. I currently have a Ford S-MAX and we can get three child seats in the middle row but obviously that doesn’t have sliding doors. I’m considering the Mazda 5 but want to know if the middle row will hold three seats. We don’t want to go as big as the SEAT Alhambra. Hope you can help."
Unfortunately, the Mazda 5 is not compatible with what you want. It's very unlikely to seat all three kids in the back - and it only has two Isofix anchor points in the second row anyway. That leaves you with two options (unless you can think of an alternative model I haven't): 1) a larger car like the Sharan or MPV with sliding doors, 2) a slightly smaller car without sliding doors. You're unlikely to get a smaller car with sliding doors, essentially. Here are some models that fit three child seats across the back (but not all have three Isofix points): 1)Audi Q7 2) Peugeot 5008 3)VW Touran 4) VW Sharan/SEAT Alhambra 5) Citroen C4 Grand Picasso 6) Ford Galaxy 7) Renault Grand Scenic 8) Citroen C5 Aircross (two outer seats get isofix mounts) 9) Vauxhall Combo Life/Citroën Berlingo/Peugeot Rifter (second row gets 3 isofix points and fits 3 child seats, but the third row with two seats isn't suitable for car seats. It has sliding doors but is obviously much larger than your S-MAX as it's van-based). 10) Volvo XC90
Answered by Georgia Petrie

Why do newer Estates sacrifice practicality for design?

"Why are car manufacturers making estates that slope down at the rear? Surely they must understand that anyone needing an estate is less interested in something which looks a bit 'sporty' and needs a practical spacious vehicle for carting 'stuff', dogs, kids, and the like around. I'm having to buy older and older estates to accommodate my large dog, bales of hay, sacks of feed and the like because newer ones seem to regard design as more important than practicability, space, and functionality."
Have you considered a van-based people carrier like a Peugeot Rifter? Might be more practical than an estate car for your requirements.
Answered by Andrew Brady

Do any carmakers fit all-season tyres as standard?

"I have run my cars on all-season tyres for years without problems. If I purchase a brand new car, is it possible to specify all season tyres from new? Or must I take delivery with the standard summer tyres, and negotiate a deal with the supplier of my preferred all season tyres on delivery?"
Only with some models. All Peugeots and Citroens fitted with Grip Control come with them as standard. That includes Peugeot 2008, Citroen Berlingo, Peugeot Rifter, Citroen C3 Aircross, Citroen C5 Aircross, Peugeot 3008, Peugeot 5008. You can also pre-order them to be fitted to Renault Capturs. Otherwise it's a matter of having the tyres the car comes on removed and replaced with all season tyres and a tyre fitter may offer a better deal on this than a dealer.
Answered by Honest John
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