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WLTP - Pure Electric Range

Electric Range172 miles

If you can afford the higher asking price and can cope with the 172 mile driving range, then there aren't too many other downsides in opting for the fully electric Peugeot e-Rifter, the only Rifter variant now on offer. It certainly might be tempting option if you're looking for a full-electric compact family car and don't want a compact SUV.


Full electrification's the fashion at present, even for MPV buyers. Jonathan Crouch drives Peugeot's e-Rifter.

Ten Second Review

If you can afford the higher asking price and can cope with the 172 mile driving range, then there aren't too many other downsides in opting for the fully electric Peugeot e-Rifter, the only Rifter variant now on offer. It certainly might be tempting option if you're looking for a full-electric compact family car and don't want a compact SUV.


The segment for compact People Carriers has recently gained something of a fresh lease of life, courtesy of EV power. What used to be called the PSA Group has doggedly continued to sell small MPVs as sales in this sector have declined and now may reap the benefit, with fully electrified versions of the Citroen Berlingo, the Vauxhall Combo and the subject of this test, Peugeot's e-Rifter. As with those two in-house rivals, it gets the 50kWh battery that Peugeot, Citroen and Vauxhall seem to fit to every EV they make, even the biggest MPVs. Here of course, a battery of that size is far more appropriate and it's been built into the car in a way that doesn't compromise cabin space. Sounds interesting.

Driving Experience

There's not too much to get used to in driving an e-Rifter. You're offered three driving modes - 'ECO', 'Normal' and 'Power'. You won't want to spend too long in 'ECO', unless you really are eeking out battery capacity, because it reduces the powertrain's normal 134bhp output to just 80bhp and also restricts the climate system to conserve power. Peugeot suggests that you do most of your driving in the 'Normal' setting, which increases the motor output to 107bhp. The top 'Power' mode isn't really intended for sporty driving but for situations when you're carrying heavy loads. The powertrain also has a 'B' setting which increases the level of regenerative braking to a point where the car slows so much when you come off throttle that you'll very rarely need to use the brake, unless you're coming to a complete stop. You'll want to know about driving range, which is claimed at 172 miles for this Standard length model, around 30 miles less than the full-electric Vauxhall Corsa and Peugeot 208 superminis that also use this battery. But it's much closer to the range figure of the Citroen e-C4, which also uses it. Like all electric vehicles, this one has a bit of a weight problem - that drivetrain adds over 300kgs of bulk - but that arguably helps the e-Rifter when it comes to ride quality; you'll feel things like speed humps keenly, but at speed on the open road, it handles tarmac tears a little better than its combustion cousins.

Design and Build

There's very little outward differentiation to identify this particular Rifter's all-electric status. Unless you notice the lack of tailpipes and the addition of a charging flap, extra badging and trim accents are the only giveaways. You'll really need the extra embellishment of top 'GT' trim though, if you want to distract the attention of passers-by that all you've actually really got here is a Peugeot Partner van with extra seats and windows. That 'GT' spec gets you 17-inch 'Aoraki' alloy wheels, plus front and rear scuff plates and door sill protectors with gloss black inserts for that SUV look. There's now only one wheelbase choice - 'M' (for 'Medium') which offers five seats. Like its Vauxhall and Citroen cousins, this car sits on the PSA Group's EV-compatible e-CMP platform. Because the battery pack is mounted beneath this MPV model's floor, cabin space is not compromised at all. Which means that there's simply loads of luggage space. The offered five-seat short wheelbase 'M' model can swallow 775-litres in its boot. In addition, if you're taking really long items, the front passenger seat can be folded flat. The parcel shelf at the back can take up to 25kg of weight (so you can put the dog on top of the shopping). And dotted around the cabin are a multitude of storage areas which have a combined capacity of 167-litres. At the wheel, it's much as in a conventional Rifter, except that the 8-inch central display offers various EV specific display modes and there is an EV drive toggle switch in place of the usual gear selector.

Market and Model

There are two trim levels on offer - 'Allure' and 'GT'. Both use the same 50kWh battery, which powers a 134bhp motor. Pricing starts at £31,600. You'll need £33,630 if you want the top 'GT' model. Both variants now come only in 'Standard' length 5-seat form. The 'Allure' model is delivered as standard with a capacitive eight-inch touchscreen featuring both 'Apple CarPlay' and 'Android Auto'. Inside, the 'Allure' model also comes with Puma cloth upholstery, a folding front passenger seat and three independent rear seats. All models come with tray tables on the back of the front seats too. The e-Rifter's safety tally's reasonable, all models fitted with Peugeot's Safety Pack that features Active Lane Keeping Assist, Active Safety Brake, Cruise Control with a Speed Limiter, Speed Limit Recognition and Recommendation, plus Driver Attention Alert. In addition, all models also come as standard with rear parking sensors.

Cost of Ownership

We mentioned the WLTP-rated range in our Driving Experience section - 172 miles. To optimise range, you'll need to make full use of the car's regenerative braking system, regularly activating the provided 'B' mode via the central console to maximise energy recovery during braking. As you'd want, the e-Rifter supports up to 100kW rapid (DC) charging, with an 80% re-charge taking less than 30 minutes, while a full charge from a 7.4 kW single-phase wallbox takes 7.5 hours thanks to the 7.4kW on-board charger. Customers with access to three-phase power can specify an optional 11kW on-board charger that will charge the e-Rifter in 4 hours 45 minutes, when using a wallbox that also supports this faster home-charging solution. As usual with a compact zero emissions EV model, there's a Benefit-in-Kind first year tax rate of just 2%. And exemption from London congestion and ultra-low emissions charges,at least until 2025 anyway. Insurance is rated at 19E for a 'Allure' variant, or 20E for the 'GT' model. Maintenance intervals are much as they would be for a combustion model, but there'll be less for the workshop to do, so costs should be lower. 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 pre-paid servicing 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.


There must be plenty of people out there who want a family-shaped compact electric vehicle - maybe as a second car - but don't want an SUV. It would have to be realistically priced, have an acceptable driving range and not look too van-like. The e-Rifter, to our eyes anyway, ticks all these boxes. For whatever reason, with the right spec in place, there's a bit less of a whiff of LCV here than there is with this model's two Stellantis Group cousins, the Vauxhall Combo-e Life and the Citroen's e-Berlingo. Plus this Rifter can be a van if you need it to be. Jack of all trades then; and master of one - the art of by-passing fuel stations.

  • Electric front windows
  • Tailgate with heated rear windscreen and wiper blade
  • Rear windscreen wiper triggered automatically in reverse gear
  • Front windscreen wiper with multispeed setting

  • ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) with EBD (Electronic Braking Distribution) and EBA (Emergency Braking Assistance)
  • ESP (Electronic Stability Program) + Hill Start Assist
  • Front and rear disc brakes
  • Electronic parking brake

  • Voice control system
  • Bluetooth telephone facility

  • Drive mode selector (Eco, Normal and Power)

  • e-Toggle driving selector
  • Voice recognition for radio, navigation and telephone features

  • PEUGEOT i-Cockpit with head-up instrument panel
  • 8" capacitive colour touch screen with mirror screen (Apple CarPlay and Android Auto)
  • e-Call (emergency call)
  • PEUGEOT i-Cockpit with compact steering wheel
  • Multi function trip computer

  • Electric heated door mirrors
  • Gloss black door mirrors

  • Picasso blue interior ambiance

  • USB socket at the back
  • 6 speakers radio with mp3 compatible
  • USB socket
  • Steering wheel mounted controls
  • DAB radio with buttons

  • Body colour door handles
  • Contrasting wheel arch trim
  • Radiator grille in 3D stamped effect and chrome surround
  • Front and rear scuff plates
  • Black front bumper
  • Aluminium roof bars
  • Two glazed sliding side doors
  • e-Rifter badge
  • Dichroic Lion badge in front and rear

  • LED rear signature claw effect lights
  • Headlights left on audible warning
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Halogen headlights
  • Front fog lights

  • Cabin pre-conditioning with remote control
  • Air vents in 2nd row with fan strength command and USB socket

  • 2 heights parcel shelf
  • Electric power steering with reach and rake adjustable steering column
  • Driver and passenger dashboard mounted cup holders
  • Upper glove compartment
  • Fixing rings x 4 in load area
  • 12V socket
  • Puma cloth upholstery
  • Door sill protectors
  • High console between front seats with storage compartment
  • Full width overhead storage shelf

  • Front interior light with 2 reading spotlights and rear interior light with timer

  • Visibility pack - Rifter
  • Safety plus pack - Rifter

  • Acoustic vehicle alerting system
  • Front three point retractable seatbelts with force limiters
  • Adaptive driver and front passenger airbags with passenger airbag deactivation function
  • Tyre pressure sensor
  • Front and rear curtain airbags
  • Driver/front passenger side airbags
  • 3 rear 3 point seatbelts
  • Child locking functionality on rear doors
  • Front optimised safety headrests and 3 x rear retractable headrests with height adjustable
  • Front and rear seats seatbelt unfastened on the move audible and visual alert

  • Isofix child seat fittings x 3 in the second row
  • Under-seat storage and elbow rest for driver seat
  • Foldable passenger seat with under-seat storage and elbow rest
  • Height adjustable drivers seat with lumbar support
  • 1/3 to 2/3 split folding rear seats
  • 3 Independent rear seat in 2nd row with magic flat modularity with controls accessible from the boot
  • Tray tables at the back of the front seats

  • Automatic hazard light activation upon heavy brake application
  • Auto door lock when driving
  • Deadlocks
  • Remote central locking with 2 remote keys
  • Electronic code immobiliser

  • 7.4 kW monophase on board charger
  • Electric charging cable - Mode 3 Type 2 wallbox

  • 16" Steel wheels with Tongariro wheel trim

  • Tyre puncture repair kit

  • Battery Charge Slow Time (Minutes): 450
  • Battery Charge Slow kW: 7.4
  • Battery Charge Slow Percentage: 0-100
  • Battery Charge Fast Time (Minutes): 300
  • Battery Charge Fast kW: 11
  • Battery Charge Fast Percentage: 0-100
  • Battery Charge Rapid Time (Minutes): 30
  • Battery Charge Rapid kW: 100
  • Battery Charge Rapid Percentage: 0-80
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Time (Minutes): N
  • Battery Charge Super Charge kW: N
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Percentage: N
  • Coupler/Connector Type: Type 2
  • Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Years: 8
  • Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Mileage: 100000
  • Battery Capacity in kWh: 50
  • Battery Leased: False
  • Battery Type: Lithium-ion
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Comb: 277
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb - TEL: 18.7
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb - TEH: 22.7
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb - TEH: 2.7
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb - TEL: 3.3
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Comb: 172
  • Battery Capacity % guaranteed under warranty: 70
  • Charging Port Location: Left Side Rear

  • CO2 (g/km): 0
  • Standard Euro Emissions: N
  • CO: N
  • HC: N
  • NOx: N
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N

  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): N
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): N
  • CC: 1
  • Cylinders: N
  • Cylinder Layout: N
  • Number of Valves: N
  • Camshaft: N
  • Fuel Delivery: N
  • Catalytic Convertor: N
  • Engine Layout: N
  • Compression Ratio: N
  • Transmission: AUTO
  • Gears: 1 SPEED
  • Engine Code: N

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: N
  • EC Urban (mpg): N
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): N
  • EC Combined (mpg): N

  • Coin Series: Allure
  • Coin Description: 100kW 50kWh
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Service Interval Mileage: 16000
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 24
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage: N
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months: N
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: N
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: N
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: N
  • Badge Power: 136
  • Badge Engine CC: 0.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Generation Mark: 1
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: True
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N

  • Engine Torque - MKG: 26.5
  • Engine Power - BHP: 136
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 11.2
  • Top Speed: 83
  • Engine Power - KW: 100
  • Engine Power - RPM: 5500
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 192
  • Engine Torque - NM: 260
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 3674

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: N/A

  • Tyre Size Front: 215/65 R16
  • Alloys?: False
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Wheel Style: TONGARIRO
  • Tyre Size Rear: 215/65 R16
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 16" STEEL

  • Length: 4403
  • Width: 1848
  • Wheelbase: 2785
  • Width (including mirrors): 2107
  • Height: 1878

  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 775
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1414
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 750
  • Max. Loading Weight: 615
  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1690
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2305
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): N

  • Rear parking sensors: Included
  • Visio park with rear parking sensors and 180 colour reversing camera: £150

  • 3D connected navigation + Peugeot connect SOS and assistance: £650
  • Peugeot connect SOS and assistance: Included

  • Metallic paint: £575
  • Solid paint: Included

  • Manual air conditioning: Included
  • Dual zone automatic air conditioning: £250

  • 220V socket: £100
  • Leather steering wheel with integrated controls: £100

  • Metallic - Pearl sand: £575
  • Metallic - Nera black: £575
  • Metallic - Nimbus grey: £575
  • Metallic - Cumulus grey: £575
  • Metallic - Deep blue: £575

  • Solid - Ice white: £0

  • Peugeot Open and Go System: £250

  • Towbar pre-conditioning: £250

  • Puma cloth - black with blue stitching: £0

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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