2021 Peugeot e-Rifter interior
Just like Peugeot’s road cars, and like the regular Rifter, the e-Rifter has the brand’s i-Cockpit layout, which means you look over a small steering wheel at the instrument panel, rather than through it. A configurable digital instrument cluster is available as an option; this means you can have the sat-nav map, for example, directly in front of you. There’s also a separate 8.0in infotainment touchscreen on the dashboard that features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring.
You can select from three driving modes designed to either give maximum power or conserve energy, while you can adjust the level of regenerative braking to send extra energy back into the battery when you lift off the accelerator, with the side-effect of making the car slow down quicker.
You can opt for the e-Rifter with either five seats and a gargantuan boot, or seven seats and a boot still large enough to carry a family’s holiday luggage, measuring 775 litres. You can also select from standard (4.4m) and long (4.75m) lengths. In addition, depending on which version you go for, the middle and third rows of seats can either be folded down or removed altogether. For those wanting to tow, the e-Rifter can pull loads up to 750kg, which is enough for a trailer.
2021 Peugeot e-Rifter equipment and price
Optional safety and assistance kit includes a blindspot monitoring system, automatic emergency braking and lane departure warning. Entry-level Allure Premium trim includes rear parking sensors, a reversing camera and 16in alloy wheels, while GT versions receive larger, 17in alloys and sportier styling.
Like its Combo-e Life sibling, the e-Rifter is likely to command a price premium over the regular car on which it’s based, meaning a starting price of close to £26,000 is likely, before the Government’s £3000 grant for electric cars costing less than £50,000 is taken into account.
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