Price from £ 20,240
Maximum speed 116mph
0-62mph 10.9 seconds
117g / km
In front of us is a boy in the back seat of the car. Every now and then, his hand appears out the window and holds a red toy from Dinky. He swings the little car up and down and pans left and right, reflecting the movement of the big car in which it is located. I can not see his face, but I know that it is a picture of happy concentration. I know because I did something. In fact, I probably spent hundreds of hours with it. Before a trip I choose the vehicle that would ride. If my parents told me to close the window, I would balance my small die-cast engine on the sill or carefully park it on the rear luggage rack. Seeing the boy in front of me fills me with nostalgia. I'm starting to be almost crying … But I'm grown up. That's ridiculous. I'm actually and drive a real car ̵
At this point, I wish I could tell you I would drive a flashy cabriolet with a bubbly engine and a sport exhaust. Actually, I'm at the wheel of the new Peugeot Rifter. But you know, that's exactly the car the little boy would love. It is built for adventure. It has sliding doors and a split tailgate. It has seven seats in three rows. It has a huge trunk and so much headroom that even Amy Winehouse would not have worried about her hive.
The Rifter (a name that seems to be part of the drifter and a goat) is the replacement for Peugeot's old Tepee – a better name for evoking campgrounds, smoky bonfires, and outdoor escapades. Those who are less romantic will think that the Rifter looks like a van that has been retrofitted as a car. Those more attuned to Peugeot's French whimsy will perceive it for what it is: "A completely new recreational vehicle with a distinctive style." In fact, these are a van, an SUV and an MPV. That sounds confusing, but climb in and it makes a lot of sense.
There is a growing market for cars that can lead a double life: day runners, night driving in limousines. The sale of pick-ups is also on the rise, as people are aware that you can use these tools on Saturday tools and on Sunday mountain bikes. The rear sliding doors allow easy access, the seats can be folded flat (I could stretch out completely on the ground) and there is a large tailgate with virtually no sill. For the comfort of guests there are power windows, automatic emergency braking and adaptive cruise control. The refinement is impressive, but the first impression you will have is the huge amount of usable space. The central space between the front seats is so large that you can put in a pair of hiking boots.
There are a number of engines, from a 109 hp 1.2-liter PureTech petrol engine with 1.23-liter automatic transmission to a wider range of diesel engines with a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission. I drove the 1.5-liter engine with 130 hp. Do not expect hair-raising performances, but this sturdy, powerful engine will work hard all day. Fuel consumption of over 64mpg in a car of this size is exceptional. Exactly what you need for these far-reaching adventures. And if you have a small person who needs to practice their maneuvers in the back, I can tell you that the windows are huge … Vrrrrruuuuummm!
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