Review: Peugeot Rifter (2018)

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.

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14 June 2019

Petrol 1.2 Puretech 130 EAT8 now delayed in UK until Q4 2020. Read more

23 July 2018 Peugeot Rifter starts from £19,650

The Rifter is available in Active, Allure and GT Line trim levels as either Standard Length (with five seats) or Long Length (with seven seats). Active trim includes as standard Lane Keeping... Read more

8 March 2018 Peugeot Rifter launched at Geneva

M: 4,400mm long or X: 4,750mm long x 1,850mm wide x 1,180mm high without roof bars or 1,840mm with roof bars. Wheelbase M: 2,780mm; Wheelbase XL: 2,970mm. Load capacity behind rear seats M: 775 litres;... Read more

Peugeot Rifter (2018): At A Glance

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.