The cheapest Rifter to buy and run will be the BlueHDi 75, with the best claimed fuel economy figures of almost 70mpg. The BlueHDi 100 engine isn’t far off this when it comes to potential running costs, so it could be worth upgrading to this version (if you can) thanks to the slight benefit in punch from the diesel engine.
The PureTech 110 may be well-suited to those spending the majority of their time in town, but if you plan on taking the Rifter on longer journeys on a regular basis, one of the diesels will be your best bet here. In particular, the BlueHDi 130 is smooth and punchy, while the EAT8 automatic makes light work of long journeys, too.
The best Peugeot Rifter models tested
Rifter GT Line BlueHDi 130 S&S manual (Tested September 2018, by Lawrence Cheung)
If you want all the style and pace available on a Rifter, this top-spec GT Line BlueHDi 130 will be the one that ticks those boxes – but is it worth getting?
The Motability sector is predicted to account for the largest proportion of customers, but the firm aspires to attract more of the younger generation where a Rifter may fit into their lifestyles – hoping the rugged bumpers lend enough of an SUV-look to overcome the van-like profile.
Just over half of sales (56%) are expected to be diesel, but if your budget allows, this BlueHDi 130 makes a convincing case for itself.
With 129hp, this Rifter takes 10.4 seconds to go from 0-62mph, with a top speed of 116mph. The 300Nm of torque kicks in at 1,750rpm and helps the Rifter gain a decent amount of momentum in little time. It’s the minimum level of torque and power you’d want if you often carry at full capacity.
Despite the extra performance, the claimed average fuel consumption of 65.7mpg matches the lower-powered 100hp version. Having the extra sixth gear will help this, but this figure should also be more attainable during ownership as the engine will have to work less hard to get up to speed.
The gearshift quality itself is better than the five-speed’s and the brakes shed speed with confidence.
You can find out the full list of equipment on the Features page but when you choose GT Line, it comes with larger 17-inch wheels. However if you opt for Advanced Grip Control to maximise low-grip conditions, these go down to smaller 16-inch ones.
The ride quality is far from uncomfortable, but there is a firm edge to it with the larger wheels fitted. This could improve under the added weight of passengers and cargo, but it never really settles down on bumpy roads.
There is a small trade-off for this. While the ride quality is not the supplest on these wheels, the handling is a little more reassuring than you may expect for such a tall vehicle. Again there’s only so much you can do with a top-heavy van, but the suspension balance trades an isolated ride for slightly more body control. It’ll never be classed as ‘sporty’ but one that’ll terrify occupants less.
Where the Rifter hasn’t moved the game on is in refinement. The engine is hushed, but the resonance in this amount of space means road and wind noise is ever present.
The Parkers Verdict
Is this GT Line the one to get? The added looks may make or break that decision for you, but the extra practicality of the seats and additional storage spaces might need justifying considering the extra outlay over the Allure model.
If you regularly have the Rifter at full capacity, this could make for a valid case, otherwise you may just be paying for features you won’t use.
In regards to this engine, the extra power and six-speed gearbox is more of a no brainer if your budget allows.
- July 2018 – Peugeot Rifter available to order with a choice of PureTech and BlueHDi diesel engines in Active, Allure and GT Line trim levels
Buying a new Peugeot Rifter MPV
- Wide range of engines and trims to choose from
- Allure and GT Line models most desirable
- Opt for the BlueHDi 130 if the budget allows
With three trim levels and a range of engines, there’s plenty of choice on offer when it comes to buying a new Peugeot Rifter.
Top-spec GT Line models will be appealing to many – especially if you’re used to creature comforts – but will be costly. It’s worth trying to haggle some money off or some optional extras thrown in, but don’t be surprised if this is tricky as the car is so new.
If the budget allows, the BlueHDi 130 engine suits the Rifter very well as it provides enough get-up-and-go (especially if the car is loaded up) while remaining economical, too.
Buying a used Peugeot Rifter MPV
- Few used Rifters for a while
- Aim for one in higher-spec trim
- Check for signs of a hard life
Used examples of the Rifter should represent good value. Van-based MPVs don’t traditionally hold their value all that well, which is great if you’re looking for a used example with just a few thousand miles on the clock.
Peugeot markets the Rifter as a more adventurous option compared with its Citroen and Vauxhall counterparts, so check for any body or wheel damage for signs of a hard life of being knocked around.
Similarly, the interior is designed to be functional, so make sure it’s in good condition in case the previous owner has treated it like a van, or if there have been children wearing anything out.
The Rifter feels solid enough, so it should stand up to everyday wear and tear fairly well.
If you’re not sure of a car’s history, take out a Parkers Car History Check.
Selling your Peugeot Rifter MPV
- Advertise your Rifter in the best way possible
- Provide plenty of info and detailed pictures
- Appeal to the relevant target audience
When the time comes to sell your Rifter, make sure you construct a comprehensive advert highlighting all of the car’s best bits – ask yourself what appealed to you when you bought it and make sure potential buyers are aware of what’s good.
Make sure the pictures that accompany the advert are of a clean, well-maintained car (get any scrapes or kerbed alloy wheels fixed before sale) and have it in presentable condition with service history for when someone comes to view it.
To avoid any time wasting, get a Parkers Valuation so you know you’re asking the right price for your car.