WE'VE probably all heard of the long-established Citroen Berlingo and now it’s been repackaged with the badge of its stablemate, Peugeot.

This replaces the old Partner Tepee and practicality continues to be the name of the game, but, perhaps with a bit more of a focus on people rather than cargo.

To that end there is a lot of storage.

There’s storage in the roof space, for one – right the way along the cabin.

It’s above the boot space behind the rear seats. It’s pretty much everywhere you look.

Moreover, you have width and height – there’s plenty of room inside.

The rear sliding door is rather handy, too, as is the flat rear floor.

It’s a variation of the usual Peugeot trim levels on offer – Active, Allure and GT Line.

Standard kit includes five seats on the standard version and seven seats on the ‘long’ version.

You also get lane-keeping assist, speed limit recognition, cruise control, speed limiter, electric front windows, the i-Cockpit infotainment system, Bluetooth, digital radio and automatic lights and wipers.

A decent list, then, and it’s added to on Allure trim by rear parking sensors, electric rear windows, tray tables on the back of the front seats, smartphone integration and alloys.

GT Line, which we drove, gets dual zone climate control, independent rear seats that fold flat, keyless entry and start, an opening tailgate window and other bits.

It drives nicely with the diesel we tested – the BlueHDi 130 ¬¬– pulling well, if not spectacularly.

We managed about 40mpg, give or take, in most scenarios, town and motorway.

That compares to an on-paper figure of, well, actually it’s not been officially declared yet.

Aside from this one, there are 75 and 100hp versions of the diesels. From our experience we’d head for the 130 if you want a bit of poke.

The petrol option is the 1.2 PureTech found in many a Peugeot and Citroen, with either 110 or 130hp.

Combined MPG on paper for the 110 is 42.4.

You can choose between five or six-speed manuals or the eight-speed auto. The six-speed manual was in our tester and it’s a light and easy gearbox. The group’s automatics are also, in our experience, nice and smooth and don’t over-rev.

The Rifter’s handling is tidy for a tall car and there’s not too much roll ¬– it’s a comfortable ride.

Inside is a pleasant and smart place to be, if a little plain.

Rear legroom is decent and the boot is big, plus you have the height.

Put simply, the Rifter gives you plenty of practicality without sacrificing a decent drive or, indeed, a bit of style.

Prices start at £19,689 and top out at £27,359.