Citroen Berlingo Multispace (2008 - 2018)

4
reviewed by Anonymous on 28 July 2018
5
reviewed by Ian Garratt on 28 November 2017
5
reviewed by tonyz on 30 June 2017
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reviewed by Colin Agnew on 6 February 2017
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reviewed by sep on 26 March 2016
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reviewed by Anonymous on 29 August 2012
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reviewed by tonyz on 18 June 2012
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1.6 HDi (90) XTR 5dr Hatchback

reviewed by 1994 on 9 June 2012
3
Overall rating
3
How it drives
4
Fuel economy
4
Tax/Insurance/Warranty costs
4
Cost of maintenance and repairs
5
Experience at the dealership
4
How practical it is
2
How you rate the manufacturer
5
Overall reliability

practical, pretty economical, but really something between a car and a van, a bit of a hybrid

Firstly, I have driven the Belingo van version and found it more flexible to drive. I guess the gear ratios on this MPV have been 'tweaked' to meet passenger car performance requirements.
Comfort wise I find the seats rather firm so they don't 'hold you' well, making vehicle body roll more noticable and a bit uncomfortable when cornering. Trim wise it is virtually all plastic, functional rather than elegant. The build quality is only average, the roof panel seeming particularly flimsey when 'giving it a wash'. That said, it does have a lot of storage space and is versatile, the internal 'roof rack' proving to be more useful than I would have imagined. Ride wise it's a bit lumpy and bouncy, it rides much better with some form of payload. As metioned by a prevoius reviewer there are a number of rattles and clunks as you drive, but no worse than a decent panel van. Apart from the manual A/C there are a fair range of controls, though there are a few annoying features such as the radio going into 'economy mode' and switching itself off shortly after the engine has been turned off. In essence you can't listen to the radio whilst parked for more than just a few minutes. There are one or two other minor features I find annoying, the 'rev' counter' does not have a 'red line' to indicate max revs, making it not of much value in real terms. Also the KPH scale in the speedo is gradualted in 'French style' of 30, 50, 70, 90 & 110 KPH, is scaled in orange making it difficult to read in ambient light, though not really a problem [unless you are in France when it is!!]. Simple features that could have been 'sorted' with a it of fore thought, though they may have now been with the 'revamp'. The gear lever is heavily biased towards fifth gear making it a bit of a hard job if you want to double declutch [as is often recommended with dual mass flywheels] between first and second gear. Overall it's not bad vehicle, has been reliable over the last three and a bit years. Just a few niggling issues which may now have been 'sorted'. In essence it is as my French neighbour says 'tres pratique', that's it real strength!

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