Break the image of utility conveyed by the MPV, here is what Peugeot wanted to do with its Rifter. New model, new name, enhanced equipment. The reconquest operation is underway. First test with the most powerful diesel engine, the BlueHDI 130 hp.
For those who are looking for a very practical vehicle but do not necessarily have the means to acquire a minivan or an SUV, recreational vehicles represent the ideal solution. However, this category suffers with some motorists from a rather negative image because of their too close proximity to the world of utilities from which they derive. For several manufacturers including Peugeot in particular , it is high time to change this reputation. The lion firm could have been satisfied, as usual, with a second generation but it was necessary to mark the spirits. Exit the name Partner and hello Peugeot Rifter. Even if he shares many parts with his cousins the Opel Combo Life and Citroën Berlingo, the Peugeot Rifter presents a unique look, which incorporates many elements that make the success of the lion models today.
Thus, the grille is very vertical with the logo in its center and the headlamps inherit a recess in the shield like the 2008 and daytime running lights with a specific light signature. Note also that the Peugeot Rifter takes on the air of an SUV with body protections. The rest remains more classic for the category with a cubic profile and a rear part very close to the current Partner.
External evolutions are nothing compared to internal transformations. Peugeot has dared to install its i-cockpit in an MPV and the result is convincing. We therefore find with pleasure the small double-flattened steering wheel, the multimedia screen (which can go up to 8 inches) slightly turned towards the driver but also the high instrumentation. Only change, here no digital panel but analog meters. The dashboard is simply transfigured with a modern design and excellent ergonomics. Finally, the only regret relates to the quality of the materials which remains basic – but normal – for the category.
As in any self-respecting MPV, practical aspects play an essential role. They have not been neglected and have even been optimized. Storage is omnipresent in the passenger compartment with a double glove box – the airbag is now installed in the roof -, a large storage in the center console or above the front passengers. It is even possible to have as an option the “zenith roof” which consists of a glass roof and additional storage.
The trunk is not to be outdone, on the contrary with a capacity ranging from 775 liters under the shelf to 3000 liters (individual rear seats retracted (no need to remove them) or even 3500 liters when the backrest of the passenger seat is folded down. Too bad the floor is not flat, but the Peugeot Rifter makes up for it with a rear window that opens independently of the tailgate.
Passengers are not forgotten with two sliding doors that provide easy access to the rear seats with generous knee room and colossal headroom. Note that these doors incorporate opening windows for the first time.
And for those who always want more, Peugeot also offers an extended version of 35 cm (length of 4.75 m) which is characterized by seven seats and a loading volume of up to 4000 liters.