Citroen Berlingo MPV (2018–)

Last updated 7 January 2019

Few family cars are as comfortable or as relaxing to drive as the Berlingo MPV. The stress-free experience is aided, in no small part, by the van's raised driving position, wide doors and high levels of equipment. Indeed, all Berlingo MPVs get automatic lights, front fog lights, touchscreen phone connectivity and cruise control as standard, along with an auto dimming rear view mirror, DAB audio and Android Auto/Apple CarPlay.

Ride quality is an area where Citroen traditionally shines,and nothing changes here with the Berlingo's soft suspension providing a satisfying, supressed thud over potholes. Passengers do experience a little turbulence on twisty B roads, with the high roof and soft suspension resulting in a fair amount of body lean in the corners. The large door mirrors also generate a fair amount of wind noise, although the Berlingo is a lot quieter than many of its van-based MPV rivals.

On the road the Berlingo feels laid back, with its light steering and compact turning circle of 10.8 metres making it surprisingly easy to guide the van around town. The wide windscreen, huge door mirrors and optional parking sensors do a great job of covering the vehicle's blind spots, while a rear view camera and semi-autonomous parking system are available as optional extras.  

The engine line-up is split between the four-cylinder 1.5-litre BlueHDi diesels and three-cylinder 1.2-litre PureTech petrols. The most efficient - on paper - is the entry-level 75PS 1.5 BlueHDi, with an advertised 68.9mpg. 

Due to the bulk of the Berlingo, it's recommended to choose one of the more powerful 110PS or 130PS engines. The 75PS diesel, for example, takes 17 seconds to reach 62mph.

When it comes to diesel, the 130PS is our pick of the bunch, with its swift progress covering the 0-62mph dash in a respectable 10 seconds. The 130 BlueHDi also gets the choice of a six-speed manual or eight-speed torque converter auto. 

The 1.2 PureTech is available with 110PS or 130PS, with the latter being limited to the eight-speed auto only. Claimed economy for the 130PS unit is still to be confirmed, but the 110PS is advertised with around 50mpg.

Most of the diesels and petrol engines are available with Citroen's Grip Control system, which optimises the front-wheel drive set-up to cope with wintry road conditions. Controlled by a dial on the dashboard, Grip control will allow the Berlingo on all-season tyres to cope with snow, ice or muddy roads.  

List Price from £16,280 +VAT
Buy new from £10,995 +VAT
Contract hire from £138.00 +VAT pm
Lease from £125.00 +VAT pm
 

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