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Citroen Berlingo – Your Best Mid-Sized Van

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If you are looking for the perfect mid-sized van, the Citroen Berlingo is a great choice. With many excellent features, you can choose from a range of body styles. In this article, we look at this useful vehicle and weigh up the pros and cons.


There are five options available, from the smallest 625 L1 to the 725 L2 crew van. Both models use the same wheelbase although the body lengths are different, with the L2 having a longer load area.


Both models are available in a 75bhp or 90bhp diesel engine, and the L1 also has a 1.6 litre petrol engine option. Recently, a entirely electric model has been added to the range, the L1H1. The Airdream model is a great choice for those looking to lower their harmful emissions.


New Berlingos come with all mod cons, including sat nav and vehicle tracking devices together with subscriptions to both Trafficmaster Smartnav and Trackstar for three years. Buyers also benefit from three months of free subscription to safety camera alerts.


The Berlingo benefits from a choice of bulkhead options and seat configurations, including a model that seats five.

Running Costs

Buyers will be pleased to note that the Berlingo is one of the most efficient vans in its class, achieving 62.8mpg in the Airdream model. The electric L1H1 gives drivers 106 miles of trouble free driving after a 12 hour charge It even has a power boost feature giving 80% capacity after just 35 minutes of charging time. The Berlingo also comes into the category of one of the lowest priced insurance groups, making it great value for money.


The Berlingo offers an excellent load space which can even be extended up to 3,000mm. When compared with similar models from other manufacturers, the Berlingo has both a longer load area and can hold two Euro pallets.


The safety record of this vehicle is very good and no serious manufacturing problems have been reported on even the oldest vehicles of this type.

Pros And Cons


Offers a dual passenger seat and five seater models
Option for low emissions


Cramped seating in crew model
Smaller load space than some other makes.

How To Keep Your Work Van Tidy

Isometric White Van Flooded in Two Positions

‘Work is worship’ and ‘cleanliness is next to godliness’ are sayings that have been there since ages, and a corollary emerging from them is the concept of a neat and tidy workplace. Research shows that a clean and organised work area enhances efficiency and productivity – be it your office cubicle or work van. Let me walk you through some tips on how to keep your work van tidy.

Your work van talks about you. A spick and span work van goes a long way in lauding your work habits and telling how methodical you are. It should not look like a junkyard with paper, napkins, wrappers and soda cans/ coffee cups strewn all around, or seats/cushions stomped over with spilt beverages.

First, all the junk should be disposed off as soon as generated. Neck deep in work, we tend to forget the mess created when we eat and/or drink something in the van or stash away invoices in the seat compartments of our work van. All the junk should immediately be thrown away or recycled, and the useful stuff not belonging to the car carefully put where they belong. Always keep a trash bin handy.

Second, the stuff in the work van should be restricted and properly organised. Usually, we look at the mess in our work van and decide to deal with it later. Thereafter, we forget and trash keeps piling up. The key is to contain the stuff carried in to the van and avoid any eatables inside. The longer the mess is around, the easier it is to get accustomed and ignore it. It is very essential that unnecessary items are kept out of the work van. Kids’ toys, pacifiers, cardboard boxes/ board games and most importantly pets are not meant to be inside work vans. Neatly put all the stationery in folders and pockets meant for them.

Lastly, the dust and dirt should be kept off. Dusting the van daily and vacuuming its interiors are good to keep it clean. A soft cloth to clean the windows and timely cleaning of the upholstery are essential to keep dust away. Keep wipes (wet & dry) handy. Washing the van every week will just clinch it.

Worship your work and keep your temple clean; that’s the mantra to keep in mind forever.

Citroen Relay: The Ultimate Van



The Citroen Relay has been in Citroen’s range of small/medium commercial vehicles for many years. So many in fact, its rivals, the Mercedes Sprinter, Ford Transit, and Volkswagen Crafter, were getting away from it. In 2014 Citroen decided it was time for a makeover.

Built on similar lines to the Fiat Ducato and Peugeot Boxer, the new Relay has improved body styling which includes a new grille and headlights copied from the new car range, and larger than usual chrome chevrons. Optional LED headlight strips are also available and add that little extra styling.

Engine and Body Types:

The engine is the basic 2.2 litre diesel with a variety of power options from the small 110, 108 brake horse power unit; to the largest 150, 148 brake horse power version.

As one would expect from commercial vehicles Citroen have spent a long time looking at overall running costs, and fuel economy across the whole range is impressive. The smallest of the range returns a decent 41.5mpg. The 130, with the stop-start system, returns slightly higher figures at 42.8, while the L3H2, although not the largest model returns 39.2mpg.

CO2 emissions are well within range with the smallest van returning a low 175g/km, and all vans less than 3.5 tonnes, returning less than 200g/km.

Body types range from tipper, flatbed drop-side, chassis cab, and Luton box, with carrying capacity from 1,115 kg to a good 1,900 kg. Freight volumes range from eight cubic metres, to a decent 17 cubic metres in the largest L4H3 model.

Cab and Body:

Durability and reliability has been improved with the new Relay, with a view to keeping overall wear and tear costs to a minimum, while at the same time upgrading an old model to meet the rigorous requirements of today’s owner driver. Cab doors have been improved and driver’s airbag is standard.

Braking has been upgraded to include emergency and ABS. Hill start assist, and stability control are fitted as standard on all Relay models, and there are a variety of optional extras to help get away from the ‘basic’ feel of many commercial van cabs. Auto-wipers, a lane change warning system, tyre-pressure sensors, sat-nav, and reversing cameras are available.


Citroen have invested a lot of time and money in upgrading a vehicle which was beginning to feel its age. Over 2.5-million miles of test driving has been carried out, and the doors have been slammed 500,000 times. With the new cab styling, and upgrading of engine efficiency and fuel economy, it shouldn’t be too long before Citroen begin to see a return on their investment.

Britain’s 7 Fastest Vans

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Finding the fastest vans in Britain can be a daunting task. There is so much choice on the market that it can be confusing to sift through all the options. To help you decide, we have listed the top 7 fastest vans in this article.

The Mercedes Sprinter
The Sprinter is one of the fastest vans in the world. It comes with a long trim on the wheelbase, which makes this van quite enjoyable to drive. You can easily change directions thanks to the stability control. These vans are undoubtedly the safest and most stable as they are well engineered.

Ford Transit
The Transit is a real contender in the van world and this time, Ford have managed to please their customers once again by injecting a little of the chassis magic into their vans. This is a truly pleasant car to drive, especially around the circuit. Its safety and strong suspension grip are really impressive. If you put your foot on the brake pedal too quickly, the stability control intervention comes into play. The Ford Transit is a well-balanced van with excellent handling, which is why so many commercial customers prefer it over other models.

Isuzu D-Max
This van offers low running costs and comes with a 3.5-tonne towing capacity. You can choose between the single cab or the double cab configurations with a maximum load capacity of 1000 kg, making the D-Max model exempt from VAT.

Ford Ranger
This rugged pick-up truck also comes with an impressive 3.5-tonne towing capacity, with a choice between rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive. It’s not only suitable as a working van for commercial use, but the lifestyle-oriented buyers can also find basic models that are perfect as family cars.

Fiat Doblo Cargo
This van comes in a wide range of body styles and interior sizes. It’s smooth to drive and offers 58mpg fuel economy. The secure handling is thanks to the powerful rear suspension, making this mid-weight van the best in the market.

Nissan Navara
The double-cabin Navara isn’t cheap but remains the best 4×4 pickup on the market. It’s perfect for off-road and offers lots of space in the cabin. Nissan Navara has an enviable reputation for safety and reliability and has all the storage you could ever need.

Vauxhall Movano
This versatile heavy-weight van ranges from 2800 to 4500 kg and is available in 4 body lengths. You have the option of 125bhp or 150bhp diesel power. There is also the minibus option that seats up to 17 passengers.

7 Car Essentials You’ll Need This Summer


In the winter everyone remembers their coat and ice scraper, but there are some important essentials that you’ll also need to have in the summer. Below is a list of the top 7 items that will ensure a happy family when the hot weather arrives;
1. Sun cream

This deserves to be first place on the list. Getting caught in the rain is annoying at worst, but sunburn has far more serious implications. By having a tube in the car at all times, you can be sure to protect your skin from any harmful rays.

2. SnacksKeeping some handy snacks i.e. crisps and juice in the car at all times will mean that as well as staying hydrated, you can quell the children’s hunger cravings until you reach the local pub for some lunch.

3. Car Entertainment

A colouring book and some pencils will stop the incessant nagging from the children of, ‘are we there yet?’. Happy children mean a relaxed mum and dad, so this is a big must have!

4. Outdoor game

You’ve reached your destination and set up the picnic, so why not pull out the Frisbee, or set of swing ball to entertain everyone?

5. A change of clothes (including a sweatshirt)

Whilst we can grow accustomed to the good weather and live in shorts an t-shirts during the summer, it is known to change very quickly and catch us out. Keeping a sweatshirt handy will mean that you can stay warm and continue to enjoy your day.

6. Change of clothes

Keeping a whole change of clothes handy ensures that when the children decided to dive, fully clothed into the river to cool off, they won’t have to go home shivering in the backseat.

7. Water Water Water

Stay hydrated, always have some bottled water handy. You don’t want a lovely day in the sun to turn into a hospital trip for sunstroke.

Sticking with these basics will make your family day trip pleasant and free of nasty surprises; these items van all fit in a single bag that you can put to one side in your boot. Just don’t forget to replace whatever you use straight away to avoid being caught out!

Citroen Dispatch: All You Need to Know

The current Citroen Dispatch, launched in 2007 and given a facelift in 2011, is the result of a joint venture between PSA Peugeot Citroen and Fiat. It is a much bigger van than its predecessor and competes with the likes of the Vauxhall Vivaro and Volkswagen Transporter. The Dispatch is a versatile van and is available as a standard panel van, crew van and a minibus. It is available in two different wheelbase lengths and two different roof heights with a variety of seating and load options. 

The Dispatch has twin rear doors fitted as standard and two sliding side doors. The sliding doors open to a width of 924mm – enough to load a Euro pallet. The smallest Dispatch can carry two Euro pallets and has a payload of almost a tonne (988kg) while the longer wheelbase Dispatch can carry three Euro pallets and has a payload of up to 1,200kg. 

There are two diesel engines to choose from; the 90bhp 1.6-litre, which is only available in the lower roof vans, returns 42.2mpg and the 125bhp 2.0-litre which is more efficient returning 44.1mpg. Service intervals are 12 months or 20,000 miles and insurance costs should be competitive ranging from group 3E to 4E.

Driver comfort has not been forgotton with an adjustable driver’s seat and adjustable steering column, electric windows and built-in SatNav system. A five-speed manual gearbox is fitted to the 1.6 Hdi models and a six-speed manual gearbox features on the 2.0 Hdi models. Every Dispatch has a twin passenger seat and there are numerous storage bins and cubby holes, including a large glovebox, deep passenger side bin and overhead storage shelf. 

Air suspension is an optional extra enabling the rear of the van to be lowered to 491mm, ideal for manual loading. The system is self-levelling, maintaining a constant ride height, and includes tyre pressure monitoring. The system will automatically reset itself to the correct height if you forget before driving off.

Citroen says: “If your business needs to carry more – then the Citroen Dispatch is the answer. It takes up no more road space than a big people carrier and yet offers up to 1,200kg carrying capacity.”

Van Maintenance 101


Whether your van is required for personal or professional use, proper maintenance is extremely critical to make certain that it continues to function optimally. While there are inevitably times when the vehicle will require professional work, the best way to avoid the bulk of unforeseen circumstances is by performing a few regular tasks. Let us take a look at some do-it-yourself habits to adopt.

The Engine

Of course, the engine always needs to be running properly. Oil levels should be checked on a regular basis; preferably once every month. The same holds true for transmission and brake fluid. Still, there are some other mechanical devices that will need to be examined. Every 3,000 miles, make certain that the fan belt is tight and not frayed. Take a look at any hoses. If they appear to be cracked or signs of wear are observed around their connections, they should be replaced. Nonetheless, there may be other signs which are difficult to diagnose. If you begin to hear squeaks, rattles, “pings” or if the colour of the exhaust smoke changes, bring your van to a repair shop.


Check the treads of all tyres to make certain that they are not “bald”. Worn treads can present a real braking hazard and even decrease the efficiency of the van. Once every week (particularly if you use the van every day) check the pressure of the tyres to make certain that they have not deflated. Note that improperly inflated tyres can decrease their lifespan by as much as 20 per cent!


Even the smallest chip within your windscreen can quickly evolve into a major problem. Any fracture should immediately be rectified with the use of do-it-yourself windscreen repair kits. These can be found at your local automotive store. If the crack is larger than six centimetres, it is wise to take the van to a professional repair facility. Not only can a crack obstruct your vision while driving, but never forget that your van is not likely to pass an MOT inspection should an imperfection be present.

Of course, you should also take a look at your headlamps and warning lights; these will fail from time to time. Proper van maintenance is an important responsibility that must always be taken seriously. By doing so, you can be assured that your vehicle will provide you with years of reliable service.

Keeping Cool In Your Car This Summer

The heat of the summer can make driving an uncomfortable experience. If you don’t enjoy intense heat, especially when you get into your car that has been parked in the sun for many hours, you may find the following tips regarding staying cool in the car useful:

Keeping the car cool before driving

When your car is not in use, leave some blankets on the seats. These will shield the seats from exposure to direct sunlight. An alternative to blankets is using sunshade. You can find sunshades that are made of aluminum foil and are designed for back seat and front seat windows. Parking the car in the shade is also highly recommended whenever possible. 

Keep your belongings out of the sun

Tapes, sunglasses, water bottles, or any other items in your car must be kept away from direct sunlight. Try storing these underneath the seat and make sure you cover them with a blanket. Alternatively, you may conceal your belongings in the boot of your car. 

Park in a garage or carport when possible

If your home has a garage or carport, even if it is warm inside the garage, it will still be beneficial to park the vehicle away from direct sunlight. 

Keeping the car cool whilst driving

To combat the sun whilst driving, try and install tinted glass as this allows light to pass through without heating the windows. Some tinted windows allow up to 70 per cent light to pass through the window depending on how dark the tint is. 

Be sure to keep coolant in the car

Antifreeze or coolant will keep the engine cool and prevent it from reaching high boiling point. In case of long distance road trips, it is best to keep an extra bottle of antifreeze in the boot of your car. 

Use window visor

Many car owners swear by the effectiveness of window shades to keep the vehicle cool in the surging temperatures. Every time you exit your car for longer than half an hour, put up a window visor to keep the interior cool. 

Buy a solar-powered fan for inside the car

When you are going on a road trip with your family, why not opt for a solar-powered fan to keep the inside of your car cool and pleasant. Even in the hottest summer days, these fans will extract hot air from your car by constantly circulating the air to decrease the overall temperature. This will make your driving experience in the summer months a highly enjoyable one. 

The 5 Best UK Driving Roads

Glasgow to Fort William – A82
This 140 mile route along the A82 begins in the heart of Glasgow, travelling northwest through some of the city’s famous suburbs including, Kelvinside, Anniesland, and Clydebank before heading North along one of the most dangerously narrow roads in Scotland, peppered with hair-pin bends around the shores of Loch Lomond to Tarbet. Travelling on to Fort William you pass Rannoch Moor and go through Glen Coe. From Fort William the road skirts the west coast of Loch Ness, with stunning views of Ben Nevis in the background.

Black Mountain Pass – A4069
Stray sheep and difficult bends are some of the pleasures of traversing this 23 mile stretch rising to a height of 493m (1,617ft)over the Black Mountain, in the Brecon Beacons, Wales. This is a challenging road which since being featured on BBC’s Top Gear, attracts drivers, but watch out for Mobile Speed Cameras (hidden in things like horse boxes, and workmen trucks). The road connects Gwaun-Cae-Gurwen with Llandovery via Brynamman and Llangadog.

The Cat and Fiddle – A537
This 12.5 miles rollercoaster of a road runs through the Peak District National Park from Buxton to Macclesfield. Considered one of the most dangerous roads in the UK, it presents a challenge to motorists and motor cyclist alike with its steep climb, stray sheep and many tight bends. The biscuit tin views are well worth the effort though. The route gets its name from the Cat and Fiddle pub at the summit.

The Evo Triangle – A543, A5 and B4501
So named because EVO Magazine road test cars they review along it. Sweeping bends and beautiful, big sky scenery takes the driver on a 20 mile circular route over Welsh moorland. The drive incorporates a stunning view of the Llyn Brenig Lake as you drive onto Pentrefoelas before heading back to the village of Cerrigydrudion

The Buttertubs Pass
This route from Thwaite to Hawes takes the driver through 5.5 miles of the Yorkshire Dales along a C road referred to as “England’s only truly spectacular road” by Jeremy Clarkson; a Yorkshire man himself. The scenery is spectacular, beginning with a steep climb for the first couple of miles out of Thwaites to the peak which provides views of the dramatic limestone scenery and the potholes formed by the rock face where, it is said, farmers used to stored their butter; hence the name. From the peak the road descends rapidly through High Shaw and Simonstone into Hawes where you might just be able to pick up some real Wensleydale cheese.

Finding Citroen Nemo


The Citroen Nemo is the perfectly formed latest offering from the well established French car makers. This motor is far from disappointing and the following are a few reasons why.

Superior Safety

As usual, Citroen have refused to comprise on comfort and safety. The ABS breaking and airbags as standard are just the tip of the iceberg. Citroen also offer a range of options to ensure that your load is kept well away from you, even in the unfortunate event of an accident. The range of different style bulk heads means that you can personalise your van to your preferred look, whilst also keeping you and your passengers safe.

Efficient and Economical

The fuel efficiency and co2 emissions ratings for this small but mighty van are record breaking. The economical HDi 75 diesel engine means that you will be filling up a lot less than you would with a comparative van, but you still have the load space.

Larger Loading

The Citoren Nemo is the smallest, biggest van on the market; with an exceptionally compact size of just 3864mm, this van is a magician, as it has a load volume of a mighty 2.8m and a load length of 2491mm. The large sliding side loading doors, asymmetric rear swing doors and low loading sills mean that as well as getting a lot in this little van, you can do it with ease.

Awesome Aesthetics

To provide you with the ultimate comfort and design, the cab in the Citroen Nemo has been made to look and feel like a car; with 12 storage compartments and a great driving position, you will soon forget that you are in a van at all.

Terrific Toys

This incredible van doesn’t stop there. With rear parking sensors, an integrated Bluetooth system and a passenger seat that transforms into a table, you really have no need for a separate office space. This is just a taster of the extras available on the Citroen Nemo.

With all of this at prices starting from just £11,225.00, the Citroen Nemo really should be your first choice when looking for a works van. There is a lot more to this little van then meets the eye; after all, great things come in small packages.