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Citroen Berlingo MPV Review

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      Launch year
      2018
      Body type
      MPV
      Fuel type
      Petrol, Diesel
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Van-like and very spacious

Best bits

  • Masses of interior space
  • Standard infotainment has everything you need
  • 130PS diesel is punchy and cheap to run

Not so great

  • Not exactly the last word in style
  • Rolly polly in bends
  • Basic models don’t have proper opening rear windows

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Overall verdict

"The Citroen Berlingo is well worth considering if you’re looking for plenty of space and couldn’t give a monkey’s about style. It’s not even that unstylish so long as you go for a Flair model with alloy wheels, you could even say that the Berlingo has a fun, just-back-from-the-beach look. "

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What there’s no debate over is just how spacious it feels inside. There’s loads of room in the front and the back and the boot is enormous – fold down the back seats and the Berlingo transforms itself into a plush removal van. Or you could go for an XL model that has an extra pair of seats in the back.


Even the cheapest Berlingos come with an eight-inch infotainment screen as standard, which has Android Auto and Apple CarPlay fitted, so you can use your phone’s functions – for things like music playback and sat-nav – on the car’s big screen.


Hit the road and there’s plenty to hint at the Berlingo’s van DNA. You get a tall driving position that makes it feel a bit like you’re driving an SUV and the car’s raised suspension means it copes well with speed humps. Light controls make the Berlingo easy to drive in start-stop traffic and an eight-speed automatic is an option worth considering if you’ll often drive in town.


In the city, the Citroen’s suspension is bumpy, but it settles down on the motorway, smoothing out bumps and taking the edge off poor surfaces. The only problem is wind noise that’s more pronounced than in a normal low-slung family hatchback.


You get three engines to choose from. The 110PS petrol has plenty of oomph for town driving, but the 130PS diesel is a better all-rounder. Unlike the 100PS diesel, it shifts the Berlingo along at a decent rate of knots giving it enough pace to overtake slow traffic on A and B roads, cruises quietly on the motorway and doesn’t feel overawed when the car has a full load of people and luggage. 


Whichever engine you go for, the Berlingo never feels particularly sporty, it suffers from a reasonable amount of body lean and the steering is too light to inspire confidence when you’re cornering quickly. 


What the Citroen lacks in agility it makes up for in versatility, though. Fitted with Citroen’s clever Grip Control system, the front-wheel-drive Berlingo can haul itself through snow and sand that would leave a rear-wheel-drive BMW looking red-faced.


Okay, so the Citroen isn’t going to convince many people to hand over the keys to their BMW, but if you want a relatively inexpensive way to transport the family in luxurious levels of space, few can beat it. It’s a worthy alternative to more conventional family cars like a Ford Focus or Volkswagen Golf.

Is the Citroen Berlingo right for you?

The Citroen Berlingo is right for you if you want a practical car at a very reasonable price. It might not woo you with huge infotainment screens and a super stylish interior, but what it does give you is luxurious levels of space that a posh SUV would be proud of.


Okay, so the Berlingo isn't great to drive, but the 130PS diesel provides plenty of poke and the optional eight-speed automatic gearbox takes the pain out of long journeys and stop-go traffic. So if you want more space than an SUV for less than the price of a regular hatchback such as the Volkswagen Golf then the Berlingo will be right up your street. 

What's the best Citroen Berlingo model/engine to choose?

If you’re planning on buying a Citroen Berlingo then consider the top-of-the-range 130PS diesel in mid-range Flair trim. The 130PS diesel engine is a great choice combining affordable fuel bills with plenty of grunt to keep the Berlingo moving when it’s fully loaded, plus its sixth gear makes it quieter on the motorway than basic diesel with a five-speed gearbox.


Flair trim is worth paying a little bit extra for because it adds reversing sensors that make it easier to get the big Citroen parked and proper electric rear windows that let air in, unlike the pop-out versions fitted to basic cars. 

What other cars are similar to the Citroen Berlingo?

The Citroen Berlingo most obvious rivals include the mechanically identical Peugeot Rifter and Vauxhall Combo Life, as well as other van-based family cars such as the Volkswagen Kombi Life. 


That said, the Berlingo is also worth considering against a family estate car such as the Volkswagen Golf Estate, which has far less interior space, or a large SUV that’ll cost a lot more to buy and run than the Citroen. Space is what the Berlingo does best – you could say you won’t find more for less.

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Citroen Berlingo MPV Interior

On the inside

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Driving

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How much does it cost to run

Citroen Berlingo MPV Boot

Prices, versions and specification

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