The French multinational automotive group PSA (short for Peugeot Société Anonyme) which owns brands such as Peugeot, Citroën, DS, Opel and Vauxhall recently released the Peugeot Rifter, a replacement and an upgrade to their largely successful and popular Peugeot Partner Teepee and the Citroën Berlingo II. While the overall look of the Rifter might appear to be quite similar to the Partner at first glance, on account of the distinctive styling (especially the vertical radiator grille) of Peugeot, the Rifter is definitely sportier to look at with its high bonnet and increased ground clearance. On the inside, however, the Peugeot Rifter is a whole new world to experience.
At 4403m long (for the standard 5-seater version) and 1878mm high, the Rifter is a pretty spacious mid-size MPV. It is available in two lengths, with the 7-seater Rifter measuring 4753mm in length. It is the load space of the vehicle that is most impressive though. The ‘Magic Flat System’ of the Rifter allows for all the seats in the rear to be folded on to the floor, increasing its boot space from 775 litres to a massive 3000 litres.
The all new Rifter also comes with a panoramic glass roof that not only allows for natural lighting to brighten up the inside of your vehicle, but also has ambient LED lighting, and even a storage capacity of 14 litres. This storage space is apart from the other areas built into the car, such as the roof case which can be accessed from the rear seats, the high console between the front seats, the upper glove compartment and the space beneath the seats in the second row.
As for the cockpit, the Rifter has a whole lot of tech included in order to enrich your driving experience. Right from the digital radio, the smartphone charging plate, the mirror screen functionality (including Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink) and the 3D SatNav to the Visio Park 1 feature which links a 180° camera to the 8” capacitive touchscreen, the Rifter is replete with technology built to make your driving all the more convenient and comfortable. Not to mention the Park Assist system which recognises parking spaces and takes control of your steering to aid you in bay parking as well as to parallel park.
The Rifter has other driving assist features as well, such as the Advanced Grip Control system which offers five driving modes (Standard; Snow; Mud; Sand & ESP Off) through the use of a dial on the centre console. There is also a Hill Assist Descent Control (HADC) system with a ‘Clutch Mode’ function that makes any anxiety while climbing down a slope a thing of the past. When it comes to safety, the Peugeot Rifter makes use of a host of contemporary and futuristic systems such as automatic emergency braking (including a distant alert system), blind spot monitoring, lane keeping assistance, an Adaptive Cruise Control Stop system, a Trailer Sway Mitigation System and Peugeot’s very own Connect SOS & Assistance feature, a communication system that helps contact appropriate emergency services at the touch of a button.
Available in three trims (Active, GT Line and Allure), the Rifter provides you with an option of a 1.5 BlueHDi 130 bhp Stop & Start engine and a 1.2L PureTech 110 bhp Stop & Start engine, mated to either a manual (5 or 6-speed for diesel and 6-speed for petrol) or the new EAT8 (that has a compact rotary selector with electric impulse control and Quickshift technology) automatic transmission gearbox. All in all, the new Peugeot Rifter is quite the upgrade and seems more than ready to take on the MPV market for the PSA group.