Practical Peugeot Rifter loads up with 2020 Irish MPV of the Year award19/03/2020
When it comes to car-like vans and van-like cars, Peugeot have long been the masters of blurring the lines for maximum practicality.
The new Rifter is the latest incarnation of Peugeot’s MPV mastery, combining space and practicality galore with comfort and drivability, not to mention one or two surprising design flourishes along the way. No surprises, then, that the new Peugeot Rifter is the 2020 Continental Tyres Irish MPV of the Year.
In our latest video episode, we invited ICOTY jury members Leah Carroll and Caroline Kidd to take us inside the new Rifter and explain what swayed the judging panel. Here’s what they had to say!
“The French have a long history with MPV-based people carriers,” explains Leah Carroll. “With the Rifter, you’ve got excellent access using the sliding rear doors leading to a wide-based interior that’s also easy to access and you’ve also got the option of either 5 or 7 seats
“It’s got a very wide load opening bay, a low loading lip and a great grip in the boot to carry any boxes or parcels you wish to put in,” Leah says. “The exterior looks nice and rugged and the interior has been well thought-out. This is a vehicle that’s been designed with the SUV crossover market in mind.”
Fellow juror Caroline Kidd, meanwhile, was especially taken with the rugged Rifter’s design and styling.
“The Peugeot was competing in a category with a number of similar van-based MPVs but what clinched it for the Rifter was a number of Peugeot’s design features that are inspired by the company’s passenger car range,” she says.“ These include the LED headlights and the skid plate down at the bottom.
“Fun, friendly and robust”
“This is a fun, friendly and robust vehicle that really scored well with the judges for its design,” says Caroline.
“One of the main reasons that Peugeot have done so well in the MPV sector is because they have a long history of making van-like cars, but it’s their usability as well,” enthuses Leah Carroll. “The interior space is really well laid-out and you’ve got around 180 litres of cubby space above, around the driver, and dotted throughout the cabin. It’s brilliantly laid-out.
“Where the Rifter really excels is in its usability,” she says. “It’s been designed to be really easy to access and to load. It’s also excellent – really excellent – when it comes to parking, with a small steering wheel that makes it easy to manoeuvre into tight spaces, while on long motorway hauls you’re very well catered for in terms of comfort and visibility thanks to the high driving position.
“The i-Cockpit is really easy to access,” says Leah. “You’ve got all the dials and buttons on the touch screen plus some access via analogue buttons and the steering wheel which is great as you don’t have to take your eyes off the road. You’ve got SatNav, Bluetooth, Apple Car Play and Android Auto.
“Overall, the judges were impressed with the Peugeot Rifter thanks to its practicality, efficiency and affordable pricing.”