Citroen Berlingo Multispace (2008–2018)

Last updated 28 November 2018

Practical and versatile family transport that's cheap to buy and run, lots of carrying capacity with individual folding rear seats.
Low thrills interior, rear-windows don't open fully, ride can be poor on twisty roads.
Updated 18 January 2017

Haynes Manual available for Citroen Berlingo and Peugeot Partner 2008 - 2016: Models covered are: Citroen Berlingo Multispace & Van (B9 or II model range) with 1.6 litre (1560cc) turbo-diesel engine...

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Introduction

When it comes to cheap and practical family transport, the Citroen Berlingo Multispace is a big and boxy bargain. Easy to drive, comfortable over long trips and capable of providing an official 68.9mpg, the Berlingo Multispace should cope with everything life - and your kids - will throw at it.

The Berlingo Multispace might never be the most fashionable MPV in town, but its 3000 litres of storage gives it unrivalled levels of everyday usability. The large and comfortable interior will easily accommodate five adults, while high trim models can be upgraded to seven-seaters. However, as with many van-based MPVs, the extra (and cramped) seats are only suitable for small children.

The engine line-up consists of one petrol and two diesels, with the latter providing the best performance and economy. The 1.6-litre petrol has a modest 95PS and will return an official 44.1mpg and 148g/km of CO2, but lacks pace when called upon.

The 1.6 diesel with 100PS is the engine to go for, with its 254Nm of torque providing a much welcomed boost in low-gear acceleration. It will also return an official 68.9mpg and 109g/km of CO2, when specified with engine start/stop, which puts it on part with some city cars. The range-topper is the 120PS diesel and this will return 60mpg+, which makes it a temping choice given the added performance. 

Behind the wheel the Berlingo Multispace feels fairly well rooted to the road, with responsive steering that makes it surprisingly compliant. However, while the Berlingo boasts plenty of grip and feel in the corners, the ride does suffer over bumps and potholes. The body is also prone to pitching heavily in the corners. Things improve on the motorway though and the big Citroen feels nimble in town, with a 10.5 meter turning circle that makes it easy to park.

The Berlingo Multispace is starting to feel its age - it was launched back in 2008 - but it is still good value, with its low running costs and cavernous interior making it great, affordable transport. Some might be put off by its van-like looks, but few MPVs can rival Citroen's big box on wheels for budget practicality. 

 

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