Citroen Berlingo (2018–)

Last updated 12 June 2019

Berlingo buyers can pick from a range of Euro6 engines, including both petrol and diesel options – some of which are available with an automatic transmission, which could be a great benefit for those driving regularly in heavy traffic.

The entry-level engine is a 1.6-litre BlueHDi 75 diesel that produces 75PS and 230Nm. It’s only available with a five-speed manual gearbox and, so equipped, will accelerate from 0-62mph in 15.7sec in the lightest unladen X variant. Citroen claims CO2 emissions of 114g/km and an average consumption of 64.2mpg.

A BlueHDi 100 is also offered, which produces 100PS and 254Nm of torque. Although the torque figure isn’t much higher, it’s noticeable quicker on paper with Citroen stating a 0-62mph time as low as 12.5 seconds. Because it doesn’t have to work as hard, it can also be fractionally more economical; Citroen states this version can average up to 67.3mpg.

We tested the BlueHDi 100 carrying a 300kg load and it coped without fuss, accelerating comparatively swiftly – although steeper inclines would often require dropping down into a lower gear. The steering was also accurate and quick, making manoeuvring easy, and the brakes effective. It’s wasn’t overly noisy and it was smooth, too; all in, very little effort was required to drive the Berlingo.

The 1.5-litre BlueHDi 130 is the flagship diesel and produces 130PS and a substantial 300Nm, making it far quicker – the 0-62mph sprint takes around 10 seconds – and more adept at coping with heavier loads. It’s also offered with a six-speed manual transmission or a swift-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission; the manual version offers the highest maximum braked towing weight in the Berlingo range, clocking in at 1200kg.

In entry-level X variants, the driver benefits from equipment including hill start assist and automatic lights. In Enterprise or Driver specifications, however, the Berlingo also comes with upgrades that include cruise control, an automatic parking brake and more seat adjustments. Consequently, these are better options for those putting more miles on their vans. The Worker van, which is designed for use on construction sites, gets features such as an automatic parking brake and a traction-boosting Grip Control system with a hill descent mode.

Citroen also offers a range of driver assistance aids as optional upgrades. In Enterprise and Driver versions, for example, you can opt for a colour heads-up display. A Safety Pack is also available on all models and includes a lane departure warning system, speed limit warning, automatic emergency braking and distance warning. 

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