PEUGEOT

PEUGEOT RIFTER ESTATE 1.2 PureTech 130 Allure 5dr EAT8

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 60 mph-

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2149 g/km

Has Peugeot's van-based Rifter compact people carrier sold out and gone a bit posh and less LCV-like? Don't worry. Behind that sleeker looking front end and all that talk of flashy multimedia systems, glass roofs and radar-based city braking functions, you can still buy a basic one that's as useful as the old Partner Tepee model used to be. It's just that you're getting a bit more sophistication this time round.

A LIFE-LONG RIFTER?

Peugeot's small van-based MPV gets a new name and a new look. Jonathan Crouch checks out the Rifter.

Ten Second Review

Has Peugeot's van-based Rifter compact people carrier sold out and gone a bit posh and less LCV-like? Don't worry. Behind that sleeker looking front end and all that talk of flashy multimedia systems, glass roofs and radar-based city braking functions, you can still buy a basic one that's as useful as the old Partner Tepee model used to be. It's just that you're getting a bit more sophistication this time round.

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.

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.

  • Electric front/rear 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
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Ventilated front and rear disc brakes

  • Voice control system
  • Bluetooth telephone facility

  • Programmable cruise control and speed limiter
  • Compact steering wheel
  • Head up instrument panel

  • Mirror screen with mirror link and car play
  • 8" touch screen
  • Multi function trip computer
  • Head up Display
  • Audible lights on warning

  • Body colour door mirrors
  • Electric heated door mirrors

  • Picasso blue interior ambiance

  • MP3 connection
  • 6 speakers
  • Steering wheel mounted controls
  • USB socket
  • DAB Radio (Digital Audio Broadcasting)
  • USB socket at the back

  • Front and rear scuff plates
  • Contrasting wheel arch trim
  • Radiator grille in 3D stamped effect and chrome surround
  • Body colour door handles
  • Twin sliding side doors
  • Body coloured front bumper
  • Aluminium roof bars

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

  • Air vents in 2nd row with USB socket

  • Door sill protectors
  • High console between front seats with storage compartment
  • 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
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Full width overhead storage shelf
  • Driver's armrest
  • Front centre console storage box
  • Puma cloth upholstery
  • Gear shift indicator
  • 2 position parcel shelf
  • 12V socket
  • Drivers underseat storage

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

  • Safety pack - Rifter
  • Visibility pack - Rifter

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

  • Isofix child seat fittings x 3 in the second row
  • 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
  • Tray tables at the back of the front seats

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

  • 16" Taranaki alloy wheels

  • Steel spare wheel

  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • Noise Level dB(A): 67
  • CO: 0.588
  • HC: 0.024
  • NOx: 0.035
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: 0.0009
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 162
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min: 182
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max: 198
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min: 143
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max: 168
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min: 127
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max: 151
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min: 160
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max: 196
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 176
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 149

  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 75
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 90.5
  • CC: 1199
  • Cylinders: 3
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 12
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Compression Ratio: 10.5:1
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • Gears: 8 SPEED
  • Engine Code: EB2ADTS

  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min: 8.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max: 8.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 6.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 7.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min: 5.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max: 6.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min: 7.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max: 8.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 6.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 7.8
  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: 35.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max: 32.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min: 44.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max: 37.9
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min: 50.3
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max: 42.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min: 39.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max: 32.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 42.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 36.1

  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Coin Series: Allure
  • Coin Description: PureTech 130
  • Generation Mark: 1
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 91
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 81
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 58
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: 68
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 4
  • Badge Power: 130
  • Badge Engine CC: 1.2
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N

  • Top Speed: 124
  • Engine Power - BHP: 129
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • Engine Power - KW: 96
  • Engine Power - RPM: 5500
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 170
  • Engine Torque - NM: 230
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1750
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 23.5

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP

  • Wheel Style: TARANAKI
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Tyre Size Rear: 205/60 R16
  • Tyre Size Spare: FULL SIZE
  • Wheel Type: 16" ALLOY
  • Tyre Size Front: 205/60 R16

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

  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 775
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1414
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2090
  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1428
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1200
  • Max. Loading Weight: 662
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 61

  • Advance grip control: £200

  • Front and rear parking sensors: £200
  • Rear parking sensors: Included

  • 3D connected navigation + Peugeot connect SOS and assistance: £650
  • Smartphone wireless charging plate: £100

  • Special solid paint: £545
  • Metallic paint: £545
  • Solid paint: Included

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

  • 230V socket: £100
  • Rear restraining net: £100

  • Family Pack - Rifter: £100

  • Metallic - Cumulus grey: £545
  • Metallic - Deep blue: £545
  • Metallic - Nimbus grey: £545
  • Metallic - Pearl sand: £545
  • Metallic - Sunset copper: £545

  • Solid - Bianca white: £0

  • Special solid - Onyx black: £545

  • Thatcham Category 1 alarm: £200
  • Peugeot Open and Go System: £250

  • Detachable towbar with 13 pin + Trailer Sway Mitigation: £500

  • 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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