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Citroen Berlingo: A Medium-Sized Masterpiece

Citroen Berlingo Multispace

Even though the Citroen Berlingo has been around for about seven years, there is something new about the face-lifted 2015 version. This is more a case of the engineers and designers at Citroen tweaking the body and engine rather than drastically changing a van that has been remarkably successful in its niche market sector. Here are some of the changes.

Engine

Like all of its competitors, the Berlingo is suitably equipped to make sure that it is inside the strict European guidelines for CO2 emissions. You can now buy this vehicle with a 1.6-litre petrol engine (VTi) that delivers a commendable 94bhp. The Berlingo also has an all-electric version for green motoring. The majority of people, however, will go for the diesel engine, with the BlueHDi a very popular option in the showrooms around the globe.

Transmission can be five or six speed in either manual or automatic versions, and, of course, this vehicle will take advantage of start-stop technology for extra fuel savings.

If you are looking for fuel economy, then the BlueHDi 100 (automatic) will give you 68.9 mpg and emission levels of just 109g/km.

The ‘buzz’ word around the automotive industry today, is electric, and the Berlingo Electric can be charged-up using a domestic power socket and then provide 12 hours of motoring with a range of 106 miles. The beauty of this van is that it has a quick charging facility that actually does what it says. For zero to around 80 per cent power will take a meagre 35 minutes, so eat your heart out Mercedes and Ford.

Capacity

Let’s face it; if you buy a van, then you want something that has a big capacity for carrying stuff. The Citroen is a medium size masterpiece that has panels that can be removed and thus extend the load capacity from 1,800mm to 3,000mm.

Safety and reliability

The Berlingo has ESC (Electronic Stability Control) fitted across the range along with ABS and Hill Start Assist. Since its introduction in 2008, the van has had an excellent safety record, which is on a par with its competitors in this sector.

Performance

People don’t generally buy vans for performance, and although the Berlingo isn’t the fastest it gives a great all-around performance. At entry level, 0-62mph can be achieved in 16.6 seconds. This can be improved if you go for the 90bhp that gives a slightly better time of 12.8 seconds.

Inside the cabin

While the cab is not the biggest in its class, it is roomy, functional and logically designed. There is an optional USB phone charging socket

Overall this van is built for reliability and flexibility; it is a steady worker-horse that will never let you down.

Citroen Berlingo – Your Best Mid-Sized Van

Citroen Multispace

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.

Bodystyles

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.

Power

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.

Equipment

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.

Interiors

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.

Practicality

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.

Reliability

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

Advantages:

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

Disadvantages:

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