Citroen Berlingo (2008 – 2018) Review

Citroen Berlingo (2008 – 2018) At A Glance


+Comfortable ride and reasonably nimble handling, good load space in both wheelbase versions, opening roof flap adds to versatility.

-Lower power engine struggles on the motorway, optional third seat is cramped for centre passenger, fuse box is prone to water ingress, locks are prone to breaking.

Introduced in 2008, the second-gen Citroen Berlingo is a much improved and more useful version of the massively popular French van. It didn't quite replace the original, which soldiered on renamed as the Berlingo First until 2011, but this newer version is a big step forward in quality and refinement making it a dependable used choice.

Citroen offers the Berlingo van in two sizes, standard L1 and stretched L2 versions that share the same wheelbase and offer owners further scope to tailor the van to their needs. Both platforms are based on the Citroen C4 of the same age, giving this van a comfortable ride on bumpy roads.

Other features that have made the Berlingo popular include Citroen’s Ready to Run range that offers factory-fitted options such as refrigeration and carrying racks. Add in other extras such as a third passenger seat and roof opening flap to accommodate longer items such as ladders or poles and the Berlingo is as versatile as it gets in this class.

Engine choice is kept simple with a straight division between 1.6-litre petrol and diesel motors. The 95PS petrol will suit those using the van for short hop deliveries or town work, while the diesel is offered in 75PS and 90PS versions that deliver up to 55.4mpg average economy and emissions as low as 133g/km. There is also a low emissions Airdream model with CO2 of 125g/km.


Used Buying Guide - Citroen Berlingo 

The Citroen Berlingo offers plenty of choice and good versatility, too, while the most recent version is proving reliable, which is good for any business user who’ll come to rely on it. 

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Ask Honest John

Why is the battery always flat on my Citroen Berlingo?

"In June 2021 we bought a Citroen Berlingo, which had been adapted for wheelchair access, from a specialist dealer. The vehicle is used only for short runs - perhaps 20 miles a day, three days a week. From the start, we have had problems with a flat battery. The dealer finally provided us with a trickle charger, which wasn't convenient as the car is kept on the drive. Eventually, we took the vehicle to the local Citroen dealer who advised that an incorrect battery had been fitted. Since the change, there hasn't been a problem until now. The van has been unused for a week (because of the bad weather) and the battery is again flat. The handbook suggests that the battery should be disconnected if the car isn't to be used for a month. Is there a known problem with the electrics in the Citroen Berlingo or is it more likely to be a problem with this van, which the garage failed to spot?"
Could be a case of parasitic battery drain, with the battery continuing to draw power after the car has been parked up and switched off. I would expect the garage to do a test to establish this (as a newish battery shouldn't be going flat after a week). But you can do some troubleshooting yourself, by ensuring potential live circuits are switched off. The radio/infotainment system and interior lights are common causes of parasitic battery drain. You can start by switching these off when you park to see if it fixes the problem. Otherwise, the garage will need to perform a further investigation to identify the cause.
Answered by Dan Powell

Replacement for Citroen Berlingo?

"I love my 2005 Citroen Berlingo, it has done everything I need. Now it is showing signs of age and I wonder if there is an electric alternative. Boot size is crucial, just for going to the tip and sleeping. Every car seems to be getting wider and wider and we live in Devon with narrow lanes, so something narrower would be good, and no pinging when you meet a blade of grass. "
The latest Citroen Berlingo is now electric-only, although it'll be quite a lot bigger than your 2005 model so might not be ideal for Devon country lanes. As an alternative, we'd recommend an MG 5 EV - it's one of the few electric estate cars on the market and represents very good value for money. You could also look at a hybrid alternative like the very versatile Honda Jazz.
Answered by Andrew Brady

Can you recommend a cheap van that will meet the ULEZ rules?

"I have to get rid of my vehicle in October because of where I live in London. I really don't want to and I cannot afford to get an updated version of what I already have. I need a small van. I currently have a Citroen Berlingo. Can you advise me where to go to look for another van of similar size that is reasonably priced and will be ULEZ compliant?"
The ULEZ is based on the total tailpipe emission levels and not necessarily the Euro rating of the engine. This means some Euro5 diesels will qualify for exemption from the charge. You can check this with our ULEZ checker tool here: If you are planning to use the van for short journeys then you may want to consider a petrol van. Both the Citroen Berlingo and Peugeot Partner are available with petrol engines and these are less polluting than diesel, which means Euro4 models (registered from 2005) are exempt from the ULEZ charge. Otherwise, I would suggest the diesel Ford Transit Connect:
Answered by Dan Powell

Can you recommend a ULEZ-compliant van that will fit our bicycles?

"We have a 2008 Citroen Berlingo Mulispace, which is perfect for putting bikes in without taking off the wheels, but it now doesn't comply with the London emission standards. The newer Berlingo is bulkier. Are there other models with the sort of headroom at the back as our current car without being bigger?"
It's a sad fact of automotive life that new cars are generally larger than the ones they replace - this is because new vehicles are required to meet tougher safety standards, with crumple zones and new tech pushing the vehicles to new dimensions. The compact Fiat Qubo is available as a Euro6 diesel. However, you'll get less interior space and it might not accommodate your bikes: You might want to consider the Ford Tourneo Connect: Or a Volkswagen Caddy Life:
Answered by Dan Powell
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