Rifter name replaces Partner Tepee, it’s one of three van-based MPVs from PSA group. The Vauxhall Combo Life completes the trio
Jimi Beckwith
21 February 2018

The Peugeot Rifter has been revealed as Peugeot’s offering in the three-prong PSA group assault on the van-based MPV market.

The Rifter is mechanically identical to the Citroen Berlingo Multispace and Vauxhall Combo Life, being based on the previous-generation cars, with the EMP2 platform front end allowing for greater driver assistance technologies, such as Advanced Grip Control (PSA’s traction control system), automatic emergency braking and adaptive cruise control.

Like the Berlingo Multispace, the Rifter will be available in five or seven-seat variants when sales begin in summer, although the larger car won’t arrive on driveways until 2019. 

Peugeot claims storage capacity of 775 litres up to the window line, which rises to 4000 litres up to the ceiling for the long-wheelbase version, with the seats folded flat. Identical to the Berlingo, the short Rifter is around 4400mm long, and the long-wheelbase version is 4750mm in length. 

While the Citroën Berlingo has been refreshed with a new SUV-like look, the Rifter and Combo Life remain more MPV-like in their front ends.

Engines are shared across the three cars, meaning 1.2-litre Puretech petrols in 109bhp and 128bhp flavours, and four 1.5-litre BlueHDi diesels, ranging in power from 74bhp to 128bhp. Both 128bhp engines are available with eight-speed automatic gearboxes. 

It’s a new entry into the market for Vauxhall, but Peugeot and Citroën have seen great success here; 2987 sales across 2017 puts the Rifter’s predecessor, the Partner Tepee, atop the sales charts for the segment, while Citroën’s 2644 sales place it third. The model is Citroën’s second-best-selling model worldwide. 

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21 February 2018

The Vauxhall looks tragically bad compared to the Peugeot and Citroen. Given the current Combo is based on the FIAT Doblo, this is the first Vauxhall post PSA purchase.

22 February 2018

It looks a lot better than the current Combo!

21 February 2018

Shame that whoever came up with the Rifter name wasn't familiar with Scottish slang....

2 June 2019

I despair at current car design.I still drive a Peugeot 806 quicksilver, which has a restrained, practical exterior, masses of internal space, (2 metres behind the front seats - so you can sleep in the back) and very importantly is not too wide for country lanes.It has a RH hand-brake, rotating front seats and a non-intrusive dash-mounted gear change and masses of flat floor space between and ahead of the front seats. This enables you to get through from side to side and into the rear from the front, plus I often carry 4.8 metre long timbers and also 1.2x2.4 metre boards in the back with the hatch slightly open. I cannot fault the external design and the engine is just incredible, willing and nippy.The Partner and the Rifter is too wide and has way too much front overhang, plus it does not offer the amazing loadspace of the 806.Why do we now have to buy less practical vehicles than the older designs? The only vehicle that could replace the 806 is the Nissan NV200, but door access, the handbrake and the intrusive gear change pod make it a much poorer design...

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