The MPV Peugeot changed its name and look to give you the air of adventure. It’s still the king of loading, but can this Peugeot Rifter GT Line also compete with SUVs?
BlueHDi 130 engine, EAT8 gearbox, i-cockpit operator station, GT Line finish, door sill protectors, front and rear hooves, Grip Control: no, we are not talking about the Peugeot 3008 but an MPV. The new Rifter chuck indeed to the king of SUV a good part of its recipes. Even its chassis has something of the 3008 since both models are built on the same EMP2 platform. Price side, our test Rifter has nothing to envy to a compact SUV: € 31,300! It remains to be seen whether, in use, this MPV has the same power of seduction. This Peugeot Rifter GT Line receives a fighter livery that distinguishes it from other MPVs. It exists in a long chassis version with 7 seats (+ € 1,000).
New Peugeot Rifter GT Line BlueHDi 130 EAT8 Price
More than 30 000 € is expensive for a utility derivative. At € 31,300, our version is the most expensive of its segment. At this price, the Rifter offers its best: coupling 1.5 BlueHDi 130 with EAT8 gearbox and GT Line finish. The latter focuses on aesthetics: 17-inch diamond alloy wheels, GT Line monograms, checkered and Black Onyx for the grille outline, roof bars, and mirror hulls. The standard equipment in GT Line is also more generous than that of the Allure sold € 2,050 cheaper: opening rear window, electrochromic rearview mirror, mat, three individual rear seats, and key free hands complete its range.
Peugeot Rifter GT Line Test Drive
The access on board is very easy and one finds himself sitting as in a utility with a posture very straight that some appreciate. Unlike the Citroën Berlingo cousin, the Rifter receives the cockpit i-Cockpit with small double-flat flywheel and instrumentation in the high position. On the other hand, no digital slab for counters like in the 3008, but a more classic presentation. A look at all the furniture confirms that we remain in the utilitarian world despite some presentation efforts and a well-executed assembly. The dashboard is very massive and the entire cabin is dressed in hard plastics. Storage, often large, are abundant and some will be real dust nests in use.
The first turns of wheels indicate the progress of this MPV. By moving from Partner to Rifter, the MPV won a more modern platform and specific gear settings. The first impression is the excellent ride comfort: the Rifter seems to slip on the road and many SUV cannot say as much. The soundproofing of the diesel is correct and the operation is done smoothly in association with the automatic transmission.
With 130 hp and 300 Nm of torque, the recoveries are satisfactory and the Rifter has a good road capacity. Despite the poor aerodynamics, we found a consumption of 6.2 l / 100 km on our road course. Comfortable and stable, the Rifter quickly puts in confidence. The tranquility reigns on board up to 130 km / h, a speed at which the air noises become insistent. The small steering wheel adds a feeling of agility on the road but it should not be excited because, in turn, the mass and the center of gravity high remind that one is driving a utility. If the behavior is not as rigorous as that of a 3008, it does not have much to envy some SUV, not always so sharp on the road.
Peugeot Rifter GT Line Interior & Volume
The dashboard of the Rifter is massive and the central screen jumps a little in the face. The GT Line finish tries to enhance the presentation with plastic elements painted Brown Quente.
The counters of the Rifter are classic. The checkered bottom is specific to the GT Line finish. The automatic gearbox is controlled via this rotary switch which replaces the lever.
Three real seats at the back of the Rifter and a good space for each passenger. Compact SUVs can not say that much. The Casual Fabric upholstery is specific to the Rifter GT Line. Easy access and straight posture characterize the front seats. Low threshold, wide access, nice volume (xxx to xxxx), individually retractable second-row seats in the floor on GT Line: in terms of loading, the Rifter offers more than any compact SUV. Even the front passenger seat retracts to gain cargo length.
Peugeot Rifter GT Line competition
The Rifter BlueHDi 130 EAT8 GT Line is at the top of the range and, at 31 300 €, this version is also the most expensive of all MPVs. The cousin Citroën Berlingo is displayed at € 30 150 in Shine with the same mechanism, but a less attractive presentation. The Opel Combo Life built on the same PSA platform is limited to € 29,300 with the same mechanics and generous equipment in Innovation. If the Rifter is expensive in its class, it still remains less expensive than a compact SUV. Expect € 37,750 for a Peugeot 3008 BlueHDi 130 EAT8 GT Line and € 34,900 for a Renault Kadjar dCi 130 X-Tronic Intent.
The Peugeot Rifter GT Line is more convenient and easier to load than any other SUV. Its excellent comfort and its three true rear seats surpass both SUVs. And in this version, his driving pleasure is rather a pleasant surprise. So better than an SUV? Yes, on quite rational points; no, on more subjective elements on which the SUV built their success: design charm, the impression of security and the feeling of being valued. The Rifter will remain the target of those who will go to the basics and want to afford the most SUV lopper … up to its price.