Citroen Berlingo: A Medium-Sized Masterpiece
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.
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 percent power will take a meagre 35 minutes, so eat your heart out, Mercedes and Ford.
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.
People don’t generally buy vans for performance, and although the Berlingo isn’t the fastest it gives a great all-around performance. At an 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.