Peugeot’s rugged new Rifter SUV features high levels of safety and comfort equipment and new-generation petrol and diesel engines, writes Trish Whelan.
Rifter is a replacement to the Partner Tepee MPV which has proven popular amongst both the brand’s mobility customers and taxi drivers who avail of the WAV grant (Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle Grant). This new replacement is offered in two lengths with 5- or 7 seats, up to 19 driver aids and a wide range of new options.
Given its SUV look, large rear tailgate opening with separate opening window, numerous storage areas, sliding side doors for ease of access and choice of 5- or 7 seats - three of which take full size child seats in row 2 - Peugeot’s Colin Sheridan says it makes for a value-for-money family car. The long version offers ample seating room for seven 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, which is trim dependent.
Built on the Lion Brand’s new EMP2 platform, the new Rifter will be offered with a choice of three trims: Active, Allure and GT Line.
Two petrol engines and four diesels will be available: a 1.2 PureTech petrol 110bhp 6-speed; a 1.2 PureTech petrol 130bhp automatic 8-speed (here in 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; a 1.5 BlueHDi diesel 130bhp automatic 8-speed.
Standard equipment on the entry level Active model (from €23,540 plus delivers) for the 5-seat version or from €24,490 (plus delivery) for the 7 seat version, includes the i-Cockpit with 8-inch touchscreen, compact steering wheel and customisable heads up digital instrument panel, Mirrorscreen connectivity, 16-inch wheels, full size spare wheel, tyre pressure monitor, six airbags, air con, 12 volt plug in row 2, overhead storage, luggage cover and a Safety Pack to include Active Safety Brake, Lane Keeping Assist ad Speed Limit Recognition and Recommendation.
The Allure level three model (from €25,570 etc) gains 16-inch alloys, rear parking sensors, visibility pack, 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, and electric rear windows.
Level four GT Line (from €28,400 etc) gets 17-inch alloys, keyless access and start, a Safety Plus Pack, dark tinted rear windows, Visiopark 180 (front and rear parking aid with 1800 camera), dual zone climatronic air conditioning, an electrochrome rear view mirror, and GT Line styling band badging.
It retails here from €23,540 plus delivery related charges.
Built in Spain and Portugal factories, the new Rifter is available to preview now at Peugeot dealers nationwide.