Peugeot Rifter and Partner – A Great Double Act

Published on 22nd February 2019 at 15:20
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Peugeot Rifter

Replacing the Partner Tepee MPV is the new Rifter, which borrows SUV characteristics from the 3008 and 5008 SUVs - high ride height, large wheels, wheel arches and rear bumper protection – the result a very imposing roomy option for the private and commercial user.

Inside it comes with Peugeot’s i-Cockpit, with high levels of safety and comfort equipment and is available in two lengths, with 5 or 7 seats, the latter available for an extra €950. Where it gets really attractive is at the till, where you will be asked for €23,540 plus delivery for the introductory model – phenomenal value.

Available in two body lengths, boot space with five seats is 775 litres and 1050 litres respectively.

On a Cork to Dublin road trip, the Rifter was quiet and comfortable and being a seven-seater had no road noise booming from the rear, which can be the case with long multi-seat vehicles.

Good, high-backed seats provided support for the journey, where I stopped for a fifteen-minute break and then set out on the remaining mileage, the 8-speed automatic, 1.5 BlueHDi diesel, with its 130bhp a very willing companion, the benefit of cruise control a true guardian.

The Rifter is a definite option for those seeking space and seats for seven. It carries all the internal comforts necessary for short and long journeys, with a range of engines and transmissions to sit the lifestyle and pocket. The introductory price is not a typo - €23,540 plus delivery, for the 1.5 Active BlueHDi 75BHP. A must drive.   

Customers for the new Rifter can choose from three trims:


Rifter 1.5 Active BlueHDi 75BHP €23,540

  • 8” Touchscreen including M/screen
  • ADAS: AEB Lane Keeping Assist
  • Speed limit recognition & recommend
  • 16” Wheel trims
  • Manual aircon
  • Split folding rear seats
  • Side front airbags
  • Rear curtain airbags
  • 2 rear sliding doors
  • Overhead storage
  • Luggage cover
  • Rear tailgate, wash/wipe
  • 2XUSB
  • Tyre pressure monitoring
  • Full size spare wheel

Rifter 1.5 Allure BlueHDi 75BHP €25,570

  • 16” Alloys
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Visibility pack(Auto lights/wipers)
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Look pack including fogs
  • Individual front seat armrests
  • Electric parking brake
  • 2nd row central and floor storage
  • 3 individual magic flat rear seats, each with ISOFIX
  • Electric rear windows

Rifter 1.5 GT Line BlueHDi 100BHP €29,17

  • 17” Alloys
  • GT Line styling and badging
  • Keyless access and start
  • Safety plus pack (Headlight Beam Assist, eTraffic Sign Recognition, Driver Attention Alert 3)
  • Privacy glass
  • Rear tailgate opening glass Visiopark 180 camera
  • Dual zone Auto A/Con
  • Electrochrome rear view mirror

Peugeot Rifter Engines:

Two petrol engines and four diesel engines are on offer:

1.2 PureTech petrol 110bhp S&S 6-speed

1.2 PureTech petrol 130bhp automatic 8-speed S&S (April 2019)

1.5 BlueHDi diesel 75bhp 5-speed

1.5 BlueHDi diesel 100bhp 5-Speed

1.5 BlueHDi diesel 130bhp 6-Speed S&S

1.5 BlueHDi diesel 130bhp automatic 8-Speed S&S.


Peugeot Partner

Peugeot’s all-new Partner is the brand’s first light commercial vehicle to feature the Peugeot i-Cockpit as standard and is priced from €16,700 plus delivery, or from €13,615 ex-VAT.

The new Partner is available in both Standard and Long body and can accommodate goods measuring up 2.16m in length. It delivers a load capacity of up to 4.4m3 (2 Euro-pallets) and payloads ranging from 650KG to 1000KG. Its towing weight max braked is 1,500kgs.

A very useful ‘Overload Indicator’ at an extra €135 is an option many should avail off.

Six trims levels are available on the new 2019 Peugeot Partner:


Partner Access 1.6 BlueHDI 75BHP 650kg €16,700

  • 15” Steel Wheel Covers
  • C‐Screen Radio (USB, Bluetooth, Jack)
  • Single passenger seat
  • Driver & passenger airbag
  • Manual parking brake
  • Full steel bulkhead
  • Rear panelled doors
  • Overhead storage
  • Spare wheel

Active 1.6 BlueHDI 75BHP 650kg €17,700

  • Side sliding door
  • Cruise control and speed limiter
  • Dual passenger seat
  • Electric parking brake
  •  Plastic rear floor covering
  • Full steel bulkhead with modularity
  • Comfort’ driver’s seat


Active Plus 1.6 BlueHDI 75BHP 650kg €18,500

  • Manual aircon
  • Foglamp with cornering lights


Professional 1.6 BlueHDI 75BHP 650kg €19,500

  • Touchscreen radio incl. Mirrorscreen
  • Rear parking sensors
  • 15” full wheel cover
  • Visibility pack


·Professional Plus 1.6 BlueHDI 100BHP 1000kg €20,460

  • Front parking sensors
  • Surround rear vision


Grip trim 1.6 BlueHdi 75hp 1,000kgs €20,180 

Based on Active+ trim level with 1000kg payload

  • Raised ground clearance
  • Advanced Grip Control with Hill Decent Assist Control
  • Increased under-engine plate protection
  • Mud/Snow tyres
  • Load area pack including  LED lighting


Peugeot Partner engine menu 2019:

1.2 PureTech petrol 110bhp S&S 6-speed from mid-2019

1.6 BlueHDi diesel 75bhp 5-speed

1.6 BlueHDi diesel 100bhp 5-Speed

1.5 BlueHDi diesel 130bhp 6-Speed S&S

1.5 BlueHDi diesel 130bhp automatic 8-Speed S&S.


Tony Toner is a member of the Association of Professional Motoring Press and a voting juror on Irish Car & Irish Van of the Year. He is also a voting juror on Fleet Car of the Year.