Our Cars: Peugeot Rifter GT Line BlueHDi 100

4 February 2019: We're not stupid - we're running a Rifter

The Details

Current mileage 103 miles
Claimed fuel economy tbc
Actual fuel economy 45.0mpg

“The Peugeot Rifter is the kind of car that stupid British people won’t buy,” said HJ, after driving the Rifter for the first time last year. Strong words.

It’s essentially a van with windows and seats. A practical people carrier that puts functionality over everything else - including performance and trendy looks. After having a blast running the Volkswagen e-Golf for six months, I was due to take on a Nissan Leaf to continue my mission to prove that electric vehicles can be used every day.

Classics editor Keith took a shine to the Leaf and, the long and short of it is, I’m now spending six months proving that I’m not stupid by driving a Rifter. In fairness, as a contributor to Honest John Kit, I’ve got a lot of stuff to transport in the coming months - bikes and tents and the like - and what better car than a Leisure Activity Vehicle (LAV - Peugeot’s words) for doing that?

My Rifter is a GT Line model so comes with a panoramic roof including fancy lighting, as well as an eight-inch multimedia display with 3D navigation and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto. Options include metallic paint (£575), the Park Assist pack including a reversing camera with overhead view (£700) and a smartphone wireless charging plate (£100). There’s also the £100 Family Pack with a small mirror located below the normal rear-view mirror (great for keeping an eye on kids in the back) and blinds on the rear side windows.

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The engine is a 1.5-litre BlueHDi diesel with 101PS and a five-speed manual gearbox. It emits 113g/km CO2, while Peugeot is yet to confirm fuel economy figures. There is a more powerful 129PS version available with a six-speed manual gearbox - it’ll be interesting to see if, during my time with the Rifter, I find myself wishing I’d gone for the more powerful engine.

Since taking delivery, the Rifter's been put straight to use. Aside from my 20-mile cross-country commute, I spend a lot of time driving on the crowded motorways of the South East. And for that, the Rifter’s a surprisingly pleasant thing.

I enjoy its high-up seating position and the fact that it’s not particularly powerful is, in a way, a positive. You find yourself cruising happily at around 65mph and not bothering hustling with the premium executive cars in the outside lane.

Will my impressions still be positive in six months time? And just how well will the Rifter cope with lugging bulky loads? Watch this space...

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