The Rifter comes in a choice of two wheelbases, like the Partner van on which it’s based. Pleasingly you get a five or seven-seat option with both, but the short-wheelbase seven-seater is likely to satisfy the needs of most families.
The upright driving position offers good visibility, and the slab sides and short nose make the Rifter easy to place on the road or park. However, the car’s real forte is the amazingly well thought-out cabin storage – there’s 180 litres of space in the various lockers, cubbies and door bins, and that’s more than the boot space in some city cars. The door bins can hold several big bottles of water, there’s a locker in the dashboard that will store a laptop and an overhead locker folds down airline-style for passengers in the rear.
The short-wheelbase Rifter measures 4,403mm from bumper to bumper, while the long version is 4,753mm – and the extra length is all behind the third row of seats, so you get phenomenal boot space. All models are 1,848 wide and 1,849mm high, with roof rails.
For comparison, the Ford S-MAX MPV measures up at 4,796mm long.
Leg room, head room & passenger space
There are plenty of ways to configure the seats in a Rifter, because the rear seats are available with a 60:40 split or as three individual seats with the Magic Flat system which can be folded to the floor. The third row consists of two individually removable seats.
The Rifter is blessed with a massive boot, and Peugeot claims a load volume of up to 4,000 litres for the long-wheelbase version with all the seats folded flat. When the seats are in place, you still get a whopping 1,050 litres. The standard-length Rifter five-seater offers 775 litres of boot space, which grows to 3,000 litres if you drop the seats.