The new Peugeot Rifter

2019 Peugeot Rifter Review

The new Peugeot Rifter
The new Peugeot Rifter

Caroline drives the 2019 Peugeot Rifter.

Van-based MPVs will never be the sexiest of people carriers. But what they do offer is outstanding practicality at good value pricing! The new Peugeot Rifter is a case in point. The replacement for the Peugeot Partner Tepee MPV sports new styling, a versatile and practical interior as well as the latest in Peugeot technology, engines and interior design.

With pricing starting from just €23,540, the new Peugeot Rifter is a boxy people carrier available with five or seven seats. There’s also a short wheelbase or long wheelbase variant. The Rifter is no oil painting but it does bear the look of the new generation of Peugeot models with a characteristic front end. It’s also available in a high spec GT Line (pictured), which gives the Rifter considerable more visual chutzpah at a price.

The Peugeot Rifter is exceptionally spacious and practical
The Peugeot Rifter is exceptionally spacious and practical

So what's so great about the 2019 Peugeot Rifter?

Still, beauty is hardly the point here. And you will certainly find a reason to smile when you see all the space inside of this vehicle! The van DNA means that the Rifter is primed for carrying people and their gear. Sliding doors feature and reveal wide openings that make access and egress very easy. There are three individual rear seats in row 2 and lots of leg and headroom.

There are many storage spaces around the cabin. The boot is simply magnifique at 775 litres with a very low sill and flat floor. The boot also doubles as a great place to relax should you wish to take a quick break on your road trip!  The large boot lid makes a great canopy also. The Rifter is sounding more like a great buy by the paragraph.

Inside, Rifter gets Peugeot’s new generation interior. You sit quite high in the Rifter but Peugeot has done a good job to make it feel more car-like with a well-finished dashboard and a nice mix of materials and colours on our GT Line test model. Peugeot’s compact steering wheel and digital instrument cluster feature and the infotainment screen is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The interior of the new Peugeot Rifter
The interior of the new Peugeot Rifter

What are my options?

The new Peugeot Rifter is listed with a choice of three trims: Active, Allure and GT Line. Standard equipment includes 8” touchscreen, digital instrument panel, 16” wheels, full size spare wheel, air conditioning, Active Safety Brake, Lane Keeping Assist and Speed Limit Recognition. My GT Line test car (from €28,400) adds 17” alloys, keyless access and start, High Beam Assist, Traffic Sign Recognition and Advanced Driver Attention Alert, dark tinted rear windows, front and rear parking aid, dual zone climatronic air conditioning and GT Line styling.

In Ireland the Rifter is offered with the 1.2 PureTech petrol 110bhp 6-speed manual; 1.2 PureTech petrol 130bhp automatic 8-speed automatic, a 1.5 BlueHDi diesel 75bhp 5-speed manual; a 1.5 BlueHDi diesel 100bhp 5-speed manual; a 1.5 BlueHDi diesel 130bhp 6-speed manual; and a 1.5 BlueHDi diesel 130bhp 8-speed automatic.

There are three individual seats in row 2
There are three individual seats in row 2

Driving the Peugeot Rifter

My test car was the 1.5-litre diesel with 130 hp and a 6-speed manual gearbox. It does well in the Rigter with reasonable refinement and plenty of power. Motor tax is €200 per year while over a week of driving my average fuel consumption was 6.4l/100km.

On the road, the Rifter does a decent job of offering occupants a comfortable and refined drive. It’s agile around town with light steering and handles reasonably well for a van!

You soon settle into life with the Rifter. The big Peugeot has moved on in terms of offering buyers more refinement and cabin ambience. It’s hugely practical and spacious with a great range of engines. A petrol engine option also gives it an edge on rivals. Good value pricing and lots of equipment means that the Rifter is definitely worth a test drive if you are looking for a super practical and affordable way to carry people and their stuff.

The new Peugeot Rifter goes on sale in Ireland priced from €23,540
The new Peugeot Rifter goes on sale in Ireland priced from €23,540

Caroline Kidd

Model tested: Peugeot Rifter GT Line 1.5 BlueHDi 130bhp 6-speed
Price:
€31,000 (Range from €23,540)
Engine: 1.5-litre turbo diesel
Power: 
130 hp
Torque: 300 Nm
0-100km/h: 
11.6 seconds
Top speed: 183 km/h
Fuel economy:
5.9 l/100km
CO2 emissions: 
155 g/km
Motor tax: 
€200 per year


The Peugeot Rifter has just arrived in Ireland

2019 Peugeot Rifter First Drive Review

The Peugeot Rifter has just arrived in Ireland
The Peugeot Rifter has just arrived in Ireland

The new Peugeot Rifter has just arrived in Ireland and goes on sale priced from €23,540. The Rifter replaces the Partner Tepee MPV, with a focus on practicality and versatility at good value pricing. Caroline drove from Cork to Dublin in the new Peugeot Rifter at the recent Irish press launch.

Styling

The Peugeot Rifter is essentially a van-based MPV and there is only so much you can do to make a van attractive. But Peugeot has persevered, borrowing SUV characteristics from the 3008 and 5008 SUVs - a high ride height, large wheels, and wheel arch and rear bumper protection. It’s also available in a high spec GT Line, which gives the Rifter considerable more visual chutzpah at a price.

Interior

The interior of the new Peugeot Rifter does not betray its van roots – you’ll know you’re driving something a bit more basic. There’s loads of hard plastics and not much in the way of glamour. But the Rifter still gets a version of Peugeot’s quirky i-Cockpit and there is a slick looking touchscreen in the centre of the dashboard.

Practicality

Practicality is the Rifter’s middle name! The new Peugeot Rifter is available in two lengths, with 5 or 7 seats. This van-based MPV maximises space for occupants with its dimensions and boxy shape. There is loads of headroom and legroom and three individual seats in the rear. There is extra storage and cubby holes throughout the cabin. There’s a wide boot opening with a separate opening window, 775 litre boot and sliding side doors for ease of access.

The interior of the Peugeot Rifter
The interior of the Peugeot Rifter

Engines

There are two petrol engines and four diesel engines: a 1.2 PureTech petrol 110bhp S&S 6-speed; a 1.2 PureTech petrol 130bhp automatic 8-speed S&S (April 2019); a 1.5 BlueHDi diesel 75bhp 5-speed; a 1.5 BlueHDi diesel 100bhp 5-Speed; a 1.5 BlueHDi diesel 130bhp 6-Speed S&S; and a 1.5 BlueHDi diesel 130bhp automatic 8-Speed S&S.

On the road

If you are used to driving a car, the Peugeot Rifter might feel peculiar for a bit. But after a while you soon settle in. The test car was powered by the 1.5-litre BlueHDI diesel with 100hp and a five speed manual gearbox. Power was adequate and in car refinement and comfort is fine for long journeys. We’ll be spending more time with the Rifter later in the year and will bring you a full road test and driving impressions then!

Equipment

Peugeot Ireland is selling the Rifter in three trims: Active, Allure and GT Line.

Standard equipment includes 8” touchscreen, digital instrument panel, 16” wheels, full size spare wheel, air conditioning, Active Safety Brake, Lane Keeping Assist and Speed Limit Recognition.

The Allure gains 16” alloys, rear parking sensors, auto lights and wipers, leather steering wheel, front fog lights, folding front passenger seat, electric parking brake, 3 individual magic flat seats in row 2 and electric rear windows.

The GT Line adds 17” alloys, keyless access and start, High Beam Assist, Traffic Sign Recognition and Advanced Driver Attention Alert, dark tinted rear windows, front and rear parking aid, dual zone climatronic air conditioning and GT Line styling.

The Peugeot Rifter has many practical features including the rear tailgate window
The Peugeot Rifter has many practical features including the rear tailgate opening window

Pricing

Active models are available from €23,540, Allure from €25,570, and GT Line from €28,400.

Rivals

The Peugeot Rifter will go up against the Ford Tourneo, Opel Combo Life and Volkswagen Caddy Life.

Verdict

The Peugeot Rifter enters the MPV market with a price and engine range advantage over the Volkswagen and Ford rivals. On first glance, the Rifter deserves a closer look as the blend of space and practicality make it searingly good value. I look forward to bringing you a full report after a road test later in the year!

The new Peugeot Rifter is available from €23,540
The new Peugeot Rifter is available from €23,540

Caroline Kidd


The new Peugeot Rifter

Peugeot Rifter Pricing For Ireland

The new Peugeot Rifter
The new Peugeot Rifter

Peugeot Ireland has released prices and specification for the new Peugeot Rifter.

Available in two lengths, with 5 or 7 seats, dealer demonstrator models have just landed to preview during the Peugeot Drivetime event, with customer orders now open.

Retailing in Ireland from €23,540, plus delivery related charges, for the Active 1.5 BlueHDi 75bhp 5 seat version, the new Rifter comes with a five year extended warranty as standard.

Colin Sheridan, Sales and Marketing Director at Gowan Distributors said: “The new Rifter is a replacement to the Partner Tepee MPV, which has historically proven highly popular amongst both our mobility customers and taxi drivers who avail of the WAV grant (Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle Grant). Undoubtedly, these existing customers will be very satisfied with our new stylish replacement, which is now available with a choice of both petrol and diesel engines, with 5 or 7 seats, up to 19 driver aids and a wide range of new options.”

He continued: “Furthermore, given its desirable SUV look, its large rear tailgate opening with separate opening window, numerous storage areas, sliding side doors for ease of access and the option of 5 seats or 7 seats, three of which take full size child seats in row 2, we are sure to attract new customers seeking an excellent value-for-money, family car. Indeed, the long version offers ample seating room for 7 adults and a loading capacity of up to 4,000 litres when the third row seats are removed, or folded flat with the Magic Flat command, trim dependent.”

Built on Peugeot’s new EMP2 platform that also underpins the new Peugeot 508, the Rifter will be available with a choice of three trims: Active, Allure and GT Line.

Two petrol engines and four diesel engines will be available: a 1.2 PureTech petrol 110bhp S&S 6-speed; a 1.2 PureTech petrol 130bhp automatic 8-speed S&S (April 2019); a 1.5 BlueHDi diesel 75bhp 5-speed; a 1.5 BlueHDi diesel 100bhp 5-Speed; a 1.5 BlueHDi diesel 130bhp 6-Speed S&S; a 1.5 BlueHDi diesel 130bhp automatic 8-Speed S&S.

Standard equipment on the entry level Active model, retailing from €23,540 plus delivery for the 5 seat version or from €24,490 plus delivery for the 7 seat version, includes the revolutionary i-Cockpit® with 8” touchscreen, compact steering wheel and customisable heads up digital instrument panel, Mirrorscreen connectivity, 16” wheels, full size spare wheel, tyre pressure monitoring, 6 airbags, air conditioning, 12 volt plug in row 2, overhead storage, luggage cover and a Safety Pack to include Active Safety Brake, Lane Keeping Assist and Speed Limit Recognition and Recommendation.

The Allure level three model costs from €25,570 plus delivery and gains 16” alloys, rear parking sensors, visibility pack (auto lights and wipers), leather steering wheel, Look Pack to include front fog lights, folding front passenger seat, electric parking brake, 2nd row central and floor storage, 3 individual magic flat seats in row 2, electric rear windows.

The level four GT Line, from €28,400 plus delivery, benefits from 17” alloys, keyless access and start, a Safety Plus Pack (High Beam Assist, Traffic Sign Recognition and Advanced Driver Attention Alert), dark tinted rear windows, Visiopark 180 (front and rear parking aid with 1800 camera), dual zone climatronic air conditioning, electrochrome rear view mirror and GT Line styling and badging.

The new Peugeot Rifter is available to preview now at Peugeot dealers nationwide.