On the road with the Citroen Berlingo

Citroen Berlingo

Citroen Berlingo If you look at the Citroen Berlingo Multispace for more than a few seconds, you will automatically think ‘is that a van’ and I would have to agree that it does look kind of van-ish,

but I can assure you that the Berlingo is a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

The design brief for the Berlingo would of course been simple for Citroen ‘family or leisure use with the ability to carry a large amount of gear and the kitchen sink with a capacity of up to seven seats with as many storage holes as humanly possible’.

I’m not joking regarding the storage holes either – I have never seen so many storage holes and secret compartments in a car – it’s like sitting inside James Bond’s duffle bag.

Power and Efficiency:
The Berlingo I have on test is powered by a 120hp 1.6 litre diesel engine that performs well and I think is one of Citroen’s best engines that will happily return 64mpg (combined) Top speed of course is of no concern here, because the Berlingo was designed to be a family and adventure friendly vehicle.

The important bits like Torque figures are more relevant because of the nature of what the Berlingo will be doing and carrying. That 1.6 BlueHDi diesel engine produces 300Nm which is great for all those green fields you will be hitting while out on your adventures.

On the road:
The Citroen Berlingo provides a decent ride and is actually very comfortable and well thought out. The suspension also felt good with no sign of a harsh ride, even when fully loaded. Also, it actually felt very relaxing to drive and I enjoyed driving the family around in it all week because it fitted in nicely with all we have to do as a busy family unit.

Design and Interior:

This is the Berlingo’s party piece ‘storage & carrying’ below is just some of what I was talking about when it comes to space; there is a overhead storage area above the passenger and driver’s head, drawers under the driver’s seat, plus many litres of storage in the centre console and 675 litres of boot space which can then be increased by up to 3000 litres using the modularity of the folding rear seat (seats down up to the roof).

Citroen Berlingo  Citroen Berlingo




Driver and front passenger airbags, two isofix seating points, cruise control with speed limiter, 7inch touchscreen with Bluetooth and digital radio (incl. USB and Aux Sockets), Automatic Pack includes – automatic lights on, automatic air conditioning, rain sensing wipers. Plus, LED daytime running lights are just some of kit you can expect in the new Berlingo.

To sum up: The Citroen Berlingo Multispace is a fantastic little machine. Go and find your next adventure – you won’t be disappointed
Price (from) £20,620 (as tested – Inc options) By Anthony Yates

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