Citroen Berlingo (2018–)

Last updated 12 June 2019

The interior has been completely reworked to deliver a far more modern look and improved usability. Aside from comfortable seats, the Citroen benefits from a plethora of storage points – including overhead storage bins and door pockets that can hold 1.5-litre bottles. Visibility out of the cab is also good and further improved with the optional Surround Rear Vision system that emulates a rear-view mirror. In any configuration, the Berlingo’s car-like dimensions and behaviour make it painless to drive.

Both front doors open wide and the standard 60/40 split rear panel doors open up to 180 degrees, making loading and unloading straightforward. A variety of body configurations with one or two sliding doors are also available and these doors have been lengthened by 78mm for the new Berlingo, further boosting access to the rear.

Load volumes range from 3.3 cubic metres to 4.4 cubic metres, depending on variant and whether the Extenso folding front passenger bench seat is fitted – which, if you fold the front seat down and have the through-loading bulkhead, can increase the payload length by almost 1.3 metres to a potential maximum of 3.4 in XL versions. Similarly, depending on engine and options, payloads range from 667kg to 1050kg – giving it an edge over rivals such as the Fiat Doblo and Ford Transit Connect.

The rear load bay, in any case, is fitted with six tie-down hooks to help you secure any load – but Worker variants, which feature 30mm of additional ground clearance and underbody protection, also get four mid-height load securing rings. Fortunately, this is also available as a cost option on other versions for those regularly transporting taller objects.

The Worker model also comes as standard with an overload indicator, which warns the user if the van is approaching or exceeding its maximum payload. This useful addition is also available as a cost option on other models.

Even entry-level X models come with a USB port, an auxiliary audio jack, a 12V socket and Bluetooth connectivity – so most shouldn’t find the Berlingo lacking on the connectivity front. Neatly, the Worker version even includes a 220V socket. There’s plenty of storage space on offer, too, so you won’t struggle to find a place to stow documents, bottles and tools. X and Worker variants don’t come with air conditioning as standard, though, but it is available.

Usefully, the middle seat in the three-abreast Extenso seating arrangement can be folded down and features an integral pivoting writing table in its back – so the Berlingo can serve as a mobile office. The X has a single passenger seat but all other versions come with the three-seat Extenso set-up. A Crew Cab variant, offering a folding second row of seats to up the total count to five, is also available in XL variants.  

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