Space & practicality

Peugeot Rifter review

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18 Jun 2018 15:23 | Last updated: 8 Nov 2018 11:38

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Space & practicality

How it copes with people and clutter

Presumably, if you’re thinking of buying a car of this type, this space section is going to be of considerable interest to you. And as far as the Rifter goes, you’ve just arrived at space central.

With its tall roofline and height-adjustable seats, the Rifter has more than enough space up front, even allowing for the aeroplane-style overhead stowage space. There’s plenty of shoulder room between driver and front passenger, while the centre console between them has lots of additional storage space. Furthermore, there are two gloveboxes in front of the passenger seat and large door bins.

Head to the rear and there are three individual seats, with plenty of shoulder room between passengers. The rear seats are fixed, however, and don't slide forward and backwards. Head room is colossal, while leg room is good enough for a six-footer to sit behind another. Sliding rear doors for those in the back make parking in tighter spaces a much more viable option. Plus, there's even some handy underfloor storage space in the rear passengers' footwells.

The Rifter's boot is, quite simply, massive. It’s easily accessible through a huge and slightly heavy tailgate that opens up to reveal a very low loading lip. There’s very little wheel arch intrusion and the space available is wide. There’s also an option to open up only the rear screen, enabling you to access the boot without opening the tailgate.

The front passenger seat folds completely flat (but not in entry-level Active trim) while the three rear ones almost do, save for a slight incline. Those rear seats are 60/40-split-folding as standard, but GT Line trim makes them independently folding. With all the seats down, you can use the full length of the car to fit in long loads. With all five seats in place, there’s an impressive 775 litres of space. With the three rear seats down, this increases to 1414 litres, and with the front seat also down, there’s a fantastic 3500 litres of space.

A seven-seat version of the Rifter with a longer wheelbase is also available. It's 35cm longer overall and, with all passenger seats down, promises 4000 litres of space.

 

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This mid-spec trim is the best value option. It gets an 8.0in touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, along with rear parking sensors and 16in alloy wheels...View trim
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