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Car of the Year Awards 2023: Best electric 7-seater

An interior with space for seven people is obviously a prerequisite in this class, but we also expect an upmarket feel, sensible costs, and top-notch comfort and refinement...

Best electric 7-seater

Peugeot e-Rifter Long Allure

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Electric cars are kind of a big deal, but can you make battery-powered motoring work if your family has too many members to count on one hand? Well, yes, and we think the Peugeot e-Rifter is the way to do it.

As an electric van-based MPV, the e-Rifter does a stellar job of mixing practicality with creature comforts. That starts with the tall body shape, which gives everyone loads of head room.

Peugeot e-Rifter 2022 interior dashboard

When you don’t need the rearmost seats, you can remove them, turning the good-sized boot into a mammoth one, and there’s a storage compartment between the front seats that the closely related Citroën e-Berlingo and Vauxhall Combo Life Electric do without.

The interior is sensible rather than sensuous, with lots of plastic used, but it looks smart and you get plenty of tech as standard, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity.

Van-based, but not van ordinaire, then.

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