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Peugeot Rifter review

Cost & verdict
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Cost & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

The Rifter is slightly more expensive than its siblings, the Citroën Berlingo and Vauxhall Combo Life, but it still massively undercuts mainstream MPVs such as the Volkswagen Touran, whether you're buying with cash or on a PCP finance deal.

Insurance costs should be low, too; depending on power output and trim, it's in insurance groups 10 to 18.

And the Rifter should be economical. The 1.5 BlueHDi 75 engine with a manual gearbox has a claimed average fuel consumption figure of 68.9mpg and CO2 emissions of 109g/km. The top-spec 1.5 BlueHDi 130 GT Line fitted with the optional automatic gearbox claims an impressive 65.7mpg and 114g/km of CO2.

The Rifter is well equipped by the standards of this class. Active, Allure and GT Line trims are available. Mid-spec Allure looks to be the pick of the range, because it gets an 8.0in infotainment touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, plus air conditioning and rear parking sensors. Active is a bit sparse on kit, while GT Line pushes the price up but only really adds some mildly sporty cosmetic flourishes.

Peugeot has, impressively, equipped the Rifter with a number of active safety systems, including cruise control, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning and a tyre pressure monitor. Oddly, though, an alarm is an optional extra on all trims.

In our latest reliability survey, Peugeot as a manufacturer finished a disappointing 24th out of 31. It's too early for specific data on the Rifter, but it does come with a three-year, unlimited-mileage warranty, which is average for the class. 

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It may not have the class of more mainstream MPVs, but the Peugeot Rifter offers unmatched space and practicality, and is surprisingly good to drive

  • Tremendous space
  • Lots of practicality
  • Comfy ride
  • Slightly more expensive than the Citroën Berlingo
  • Infotainment system is fiddly
  • Some cheap interior trim
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