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heycar review

      Launch year
      2018
      Body type
      MPV
      Fuel type
      Petrol, Diesel
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Big and spacious family car

Best bits

  • Cavernous passenger space
  • Economical engines
  • Huge boot 

Not so great

  • Boxy van-esque styling
  • Basic Active models have no infotainment
  • Wind noise on the motorway

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Overall verdict

"If you’re shopping for a new family car you’ve probably considered a Ford Focus or Volkswagen Golf, but what if you could have a lot more space for significantly less money? Well, you can by choosing a van-based model like the Peugeot Rifter."

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It may be based on a van, but it hides its roots well and deserves to be compared to the tougher competition offered up by Ford and Volkswagen. 


Okay, so there’s no denying the Peugeot has a boxy shape, but so long as you avoid basic Active models, the Rifter comes with body-coloured bumpers and alloy wheels that make it look smart. Anyway, that boxy shape pays off when you get on the inside. The Rifter’s upright shape means you sit higher than in other cars, giving you a great view of the road ahead and making the car easy to manoeuvre on the road.


The big plus is of course space. The Rifter has loads of room for five people and a boot that’s even bigger than you’ll find in a large and expensive SUV. Want more room? The Long model will do the job, its increased length gives you room for a pair of extra seats in the boot. 


In terms of trim levels, we would recommend the Allure model. It gets welcome kit such as Peugeot’s eight-inch infotainment screen, rear parking sensors and proper electric rear windows, unlike the pop-out windows fitted to cars lower down the range. Their coloured trims brighten up the interior and, on the outside, you get smart looking alloys and body-coloured bumpers.


Make a move and the Peugeot is an easy car to drive. Its controls are light, the tight turning circle makes negotiating busy streets easy and the car’s tall ride height (compared to a hatchback) means it rolls over speed humps without scraping. If you do lots of town driving, you can also have a smooth-shifting eight-speed automatic gearbox.


You can choose from one petrol and two diesel engines, but the top-of-the-range 130PS diesel is the pick of the bunch. It’ll heave the car along nicely even at motorway speeds and it copes well if the Rifter is fully loaded. It comes as standard with a six-speed manual gearbox – rather than the five-speed fitted to more basic models – that helps improve fuel economy and keeps the engine quieter at a cruise.


It’s on the motorway that the Rifter’s van-based roots are most readily felt. Its boxy shape means there’s a fair amount of wind noise, but the Rifter is available with all the safety kit you’d expect of a family car.


And that sums the Rifter up nicely. Yes, it’s based on a van, but that doesn’t come with the compromises it used to – in terms of performance and equipment levels – and when you consider interior space, you’ll not find many family cars that offer more.

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Peugeot Rifter

1.2 PureTech Allure 5dr

  • 2019
  • 7,665 miles
  • Stoneacre Mazda, Peugeot Harrogate
  • Yorkshire, HG27NY
Price:£14,495
PCP: £261.91/mo

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1.5 BlueHDi 100 GT Line 5dr

  • 2020
  • 7,603 miles
  • John Grose Group Peugeot Ipswich
  • Suffolk, IP39BE
Price:£17,995
PCP: £320.63/mo

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Is the Peugeot Rifter right for you?

If you’re looking for a spacious family car then – absolutely – the Peugeot Rifter is right for you. Okay, so it won’t have the posh interior trims you’ll find in a Volkswagen Golf, but the Rifter doesn't feel poorly built either and you’ll soon stop worrying about interior plastics when you see the sheer space on offer. The Rifter has loads of room for five people – seven if you go for the Long version – and the boot is massive.


It’s even easy to drive because you get a great view of the road ahead and light controls that make driving smoothly easy. If you’re looking for something more practical than a small family hatchback costing the same price, the Rifter is worth a look. 

What's the best Peugeot Rifter model/engine to choose?

If you’re going to buy a Peugeot Rifter then it makes sense to buy the Allure model in combination with the 130PS diesel engine. In this specification, you get plenty of interior kit including air-conditioning and an eight-inch infotainment screen that has Apple Carplay and Android Auto. Allure models look smarter than basic versions of the Rifter thanks to their coloured bumpers and alloy wheels.


The 130PS diesel engine, meanwhile, is more punchy than the basic diesel yet delivers similar fuel economy. This engine is also available with an eight-speed automatic gearbox that takes the pain out of driving in town. 

What other cars are similar to the Peugeot Rifter?

The Peugeot Rifter transcends standard car classes.  It’s much bigger inside than the likes of the Volkswagen Golf, yet is cheaper to buy owing to its more basic design and no-frills interior. MPVs like the Volkswagen Touran, meanwhile, can match the Peugeot by offering up to seven seats, but can’t compete with the Rifter’s ability to carry huge loads and still have room for five people.


To get the same sort of interior space as the Rifter, you’ll need to consider a large SUV that’ll cost a lot more to buy and run. Or, of course, you could go for the mechanically identical Citroen Berlingo or Vauxhall Combo Life. Alternatively, look at the Ford Tourneo Connect.

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