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  • Space and practicality are Rifter’s trump card
  • Vast interior means room for up to seven
  • Boot is huge, plus there’s lots of extra storage

Practicality is the Rifter’s raison d’etre, so it comes as no surprise that its boxy van-like body shape means it’s easily one of the most versatile family cars you can buy.

In standard length, the Rifter comes with plenty of space for five adults thanks to a wide cabin, high roof and three individual rear seats.

Go for a seven-seater with the longer body and headroom is very impressive in the third row, but the lack of a footwell means those in the back will have their knees quite high in relation to their body, even if there’s plenty of room for legs when compared with more traditional seven-seat MPVs.

In standard length, the Rifter is fairly easy to manoeuvre, while the high, van-like driving position means visibility is good. The flat sides mean it’s easy to judge the extremities of the vehicle, and plenty of glass helps here, too, although the wide dashboard can make it feel a little larger than it really is.

Peugeot Rifter 2018 Allure front seats

Opt for the longer Rifter and things change a little. That extra body tacked on the back makes it a very long car (over 4.7m in length), and will be a bit trickier to manoeuvre in town and in car parks. You’ll want a Rifter that comes with parking sensors at the very least.

Go for the five-seat Rifter and boot space on offer is 774 litres, trumping pretty much every other five-seat MPV on sale. Fold the rear seats down and this expands to a total load capacity of 3,000 litres.

Choose the seven-seater and boot space with the first two rows in place weighs in at 1,050 litres, while folding the middle row down frees up 3,500 litres of space. With the car in seven-seat mode, boot space on offer is 209 litres up to the parcel shelf, making it quite tight if you’ve got a full complement of passengers and luggage.

To boost usability, the Rifter’s middle row of seats fold completely flat into the floor, while the front passenger seat will also tumble forwards to allow for extra-long loads to fit into the cabin.

Peugeot Rifter rear seats folded

Safety

  • Four-star Euro NCAP crash-test score
  • Lots of safety kit comes as standard
  • Should prove to be a safe family car

The Peugeot Rifter should turn out to be a very safe option thanks to a healthy list of standard and optional safety equipment. Certainly it received an acceptable four-star rating - as did its Citroen and Vauxhall equivalents - when tested by Euro NCAP in 2018.

WATCH: Peugeot Rifter MPV Euro NCAP crash test

On GT Line models with its three individual rear seats, the Rifter also comes with three Isofix child seat points; offering something many other MPVs and family cars don’t offer.

A full complement of airbags is standard, while various driver assistance kit is available, including adaptive cruise control, Advanced Grip Control, lane-keep assistance, blindspot monitoring, autonomous emergency braking, driver attention assist, self-parking and traffic sign recognition.

Peugeot Rifter front

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Peugeot Rifter MPV.

  • ABS
  • Audio remote
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front electric windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Folding rear seats
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
  • Steel wheels
  • Traction control

Active equipment

Active standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Folding rear seats
  • Steel wheels
Active optional equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Traction control

Allure equipment

Allure standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Folding rear seats
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
Allure optional equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Traction control

GT Line equipment

GT Line standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
GT Line optional equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Traction control

Euro NCAP Rating – 4 stars

The Peugeot Rifter MPV was tested by Euro NCAP in 2018 and was awarded a 4 star overall rating. This overall rating is calculated from the following individual ratings:

4 star rating
Test 2018
Individual safety ratings
Adult Occupant: 91%
Child Occupant: 81%
Pedestrian: 58%
Safety Assist: 68%

Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The safety ratings are determined from a series of vehicle tests, designed and carried out by Euro NCAP. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.