In a bid to put a clear distance between the Rifter and its forebears, as well as its Citroën and Vauxhall siblings, Peugeot has adopted the i-Cockpit interior design familiar from its other cars.
It’s a set-up that has attracted controversy before, because the small steering wheel set low and the instruments set high on the dash can lead to visibility issues, depending on the driver’s height. Not so in the Rifter. It’s possible to establish a good driving position, thanks to a height-adjustable seat and a steering wheel that adjusts for both reach and rake. Visibility is good, as a result of a large glass area and that short front overhang, and the seating position is reasonably high-set and commanding. Rear parking sensors are standard on mid-range Allure models and up, with front sensors an option. Sadly the entry-level Active trim doesn't even get these as an option.
The dashboard is big, chunky, funky and quite logically laid out, with clear instruments and minor controls that are easy to find and operate. Quality is better than in the Partner Tepee; the attractive design is enhanced by the use of better-quality plastics, although there’s still plenty of the scratchy stuff around, including some hard and rather utilitarian plastics lower down the interior. Durability, rather than a luxury feel, is definitely key here.
Pleasingly, unlike in other Peugeot cars utilising i-Cockpit, the Rifter's temperature functions can be controlled via a button rather than through the infotainment touchscreen. However, some of the graphics on the screen are rather small and hard to decipher, especially while you're driving, and some sub-menus don’t have quite the clarity displayed by rival systems from the Volkswagen Group, for example.
All Rifters come with a DAB radio, Bluetooth and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring.