Citroen Berlingo MPV (2018–)

Last updated 7 January 2019

One of the criticisms levelled at the old Berlingo Multispace was Citroen’s lack of effort when it came to hiding the vehicle’s crude van-origins. On this part, the Berlingo MPV looks and feels more car-like than ever before, with brightly coloured seats, upmarket cloth trims and the option of a smart panoramic glass roof with ambient night lighting. That said, the Berlingo still has a lot of tough, scratchy plastics that will be hard wearing and easy to clean.

Standard equipment levels are impressive, with all vans getting DAB radio, touchscreen infotainment and heated electric door mirrors. Top spec models add folding tray tables for the rear seats, electric rear windows and touchscreen navigation.

The Berlingo MPV is available as a five or seven-seater - branded as M and XL respectively - with the largest being 350mm longer than the standard 4.4 metre Berlingo M. There are lots of useful storage areas in the cabin, with underfloor compartments, large door bins and a full width overhead shelf. This makes the Berlingo great for families, with spaces for toys, drinks and jackets. You also get two generous sized glove compartments in the dashboard. An unobstructed floor in the front means driver and passenger can get out either side.

The Berlingo XL gets seven seats as standard and the third row can slide forwards, backwards or be removed. The second row folds completely flat and, with the front passenger seat down, the Berlingo provides 4000 litres of space and a load length of over three metres. However, with all the seats in place, boot space drops to just 332 litres, which means an optional roof box will be needed if you want to carry enough luggage to accommodate all seven of your passengers.

Owing to its high roof and wide body, the Berlingo provides lots of head, leg and elbow room for passengers. Entry level models get a height adjustable seat for the driver, but you have to pay more if you want lumbar support and an arm rest. The firm fabric seats generally provide good back support, but a lack of side bolsters will result in passengers sliding from side to side when the Berlingo navigates a series of tight bends in the road.

The five-seater version will be sufficient for most family car buyers, with 775 litres of boot space and a two position parcel shelf that can be raised to conceal valuables or lowered to increase boot capacity. All Berlingos get two side sliding doors as standard and this makes it easy to get children and adults in and out, without bashing door ends. 

Unfortunately the large and heavy tailgate is rather cumbersome to open and close. Citroen doesn’t offer a powered tailgate option, although a tailgate window is available as an optional extra.

 

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