Citroen Berlingo (2018–)

Last updated 26 October 2018

Comfortable and easy to drive, high payload capacity, economical, lots of high-tech options.
Many innovative features are optional, automatic transmission only available in flagship engine variants.
Updated 11 October 2018
Citroen Berlingo van to start from £15,825+ VAT

Available in two sizes (M and XL) Berlingo comes in four trim levels (X, Enterprise, Worker and Driver). The new range features an overload Indicator and Euro6 diesel engines, including the 1.5-litre...

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Introduction

The Citroen Berlingo first arrived in 1996 and, since then, it has proven a popular choice– with over 1.5 million first- and second-generation vans being built. The new third-generation version builds on its predecessors’ successes and capabilities by adding a range of new features, more powerful engines and modern options.

More prominently, it’s also capable of handling heavier payloads – up to 1050kg in some configurations. It still has the same 1.2 metre load width between the wheel arches, too, so Euro pallets will slide right in.

The Berlingo, which is the result of a joint PSA project, features a revised platform that’s shared with the Peugeot Partner and Vauxhall Combo. The revamped underpinnings, improved payload aside, grant a shorter front overhang and a smaller turning circle. Consequently, the Berlingo is more nimble and agile than before.

The engine line-up starts with a 75PS 1.6-litre BlueHDi diesel but a more powerful 99PS variant dubbed the 100 is also available. A five-speed manual transmission is standard; there’s also a 1.5-litre BlueHDi 130 diesel that puts out 131PS, which is offered with a six-speed manual transmission or an eight-speed automatic.

A 110PS 1.2-litre PureTech petrol is also available, in conjunction with a six-speed manual transmission, and a more powerful 130PS automatic. Running costs should be low, in any case; as an example, all the diesel versions are claimed to average in excess of 60mpg – making them ideal for those covering higher mileages. The most frugal is the mid-range BlueHDi 100, which is reputed to average up to 67.3mpg.

Two sizes of Berlingo are offered – M and XL – which are 4.4 and 4.7 metres long respectively. There are several trim levels available, too; there’s the entry-level X, the rugged Worker variant, the well-equipped Enterprise and the plusher Driver model. A host of new features are also on offer, including an overload indicator, a surround-view camera system and adaptive cruise control.

In any case, the third-gen Berlingo represents a notable improvement over its predecessor. It’s not expensive to run, it can deal with heavier loads and it’s still a comfortable, easy van to drive. Plus, for those willing to fork over the cash, it’s available with a range of advanced and useful equipment. 

 

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