Peugeot Rifter

The Peugeot Rifter is a sister car to the Citroen Berlingo and Vauxhall Combo Life. The Rifter has sliding rear doors, LED daytime-running lights, Peugeot’s latest slimline grille and its i-Cockpit interior (small steering wheel and high-set dials), three individual and easily folding back seats, flat boot floor and large rear tailgate with virtually no loading lip, new for this model is electric rear windows. On the road it deals with imperfections in the road well and it takes the worst surfaces or holes in the road to really send shudders through to the occupants. The Peugeot Rifter now comes in Standard or Long sizes, Long adds a third row of seats and 35 cm to the length, the five seat version boasts a 775 litre boot, which grows to 3,000 litres if you drop the rear seats, the Long increases this to 3500 litres with the seats folded.

 

Three trim lines are avaialble, Allure, Allure Premium and GT. Allure cars enjoy; 8 inch colour touchscreen, electric parking brake, high console between front seats with storage, rear parking sensors and Peugeot Connect SOS & Assistance, Allure premium adds electric front & rear windows, 16inch alloy wheels, opening rear tailgate window, 180 degree colour reversing camera and tinted rear side and tailgate windows, The ‘Sporty’ GT trim has keyless entry, 3 independent fold flat rear seats, front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring and 17 inch alloy wheels.

 

The Rifter shares its engine range with the Citroën Berlingo and Vauxhall Combo Life, and it starts with a 108bhp 1.2-litre Puretech petrol engine, which can return a claimed 41.5 miles per gallon and reach 62 in 11.7 seconds as a 6 speed manual only, if you must have a petrol, the 128 bhp version is a better bet as the Rifter is a heavy car.

There are also a 1.5-litre BlueHDi diesel engines with 99 or 128bhp. This engine is a surprisingly smooth and punchy performer, never emitting more than a background hum around town and even fading into the background completely at higher speeds the higher output version can reach 62mph in just 10.4sec as a six speed manual, it’s a nice torquey engine that pulls well from low revs returning a claimed 51.4 miles per gallon, If you opt for the EAT8 automatic (presently only an option on the 128bhp Petrol) a rotary dial selects the gears just like in a Jaguar or Land Rover.  

5 Seat Standard Rifter 

 Winter Best Buy – Peugeot Rifter Allure 1.5 99bhp Diesel manual  –  £999 Advance Payment (£70 +£69.50 wpms) or £1199 (£123 wpms) in Allure Premium

 Winter Best Buy – Peugeot Rifter GT 1.5 128bhp Diesel manual  –  £1799 Advance Payment (£723 wpms) 

 Winter Best Buy – Peugeot Rifter Allure Premium 1.2 128bhp Petrol Automatic  –  £1899 Advance Payment (£823 wpms) or £2199 (£1123 wpms) in GT Trim

7 Seat Long Rifter 

 Winter Best Buy – Peugeot Rifter Allure 1.2 108bhp Petrol Automatic  –  £1199 Advance Payment (£123 wpms)

 Winter Best Buy – Peugeot Rifter Allure 1.5 99bhp Diesel manual  –  £1599 Advance Payment (£523 wpms) or £1699 (£723 wpms) in Allure Premium

 Winter Best Buy – Peugeot Rifter GT 1.5 128bhp Diesel manual  –  £2399 Advance Payment (£1323 wpms)

 Winter Best Buy – Peugeot Rifter Allure Premium 1.2 128bhp Petrol Automatic  –  £2499 Advance Payment (£1423 wpms)

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