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Citroen Berlingo Van Review

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"Well thought through small van"
  • Launched: 2018
  • Van
  • Petrol, Diesel

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Quick overview

Pros

  • Comfortable and easy to drive
  • High payload capacity
  • Economical, lots of high-tech options.

Cons

  • Many innovative features are optional
  • Automatic transmission only available in flagship engine variants
  • Not much in this and Peugeot/Vauxhall versions

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Overall verdict

"The Citroen Berlingo first arrived in 1996 and, since then, it has proven a popular choice– with over 1.5 million first- and second-generation vans being built."

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This version builds on its predecessors’ successes and capabilities by adding a range of new features, more powerful engines and modern options.


More prominently, it’s also capable of handling heavier payloads – up to 1050kg in some configurations. It still has the same 1.2 metre load width between the wheel arches, too, so Euro pallets will slide right in.


The Berlingo, which is the result of a joint PSA project, features a revised platform that’s shared with the Peugeot Partner and Vauxhall Combo. The revamped underpinnings, improved payload aside, grant a shorter front overhang and a smaller turning circle. Consequently, the Berlingo is more nimble and agile than before.


The engine line-up starts with a 75PS 1.6-litre BlueHDi diesel but a more powerful 100PS variant dubbed the 100 is also available. A five-speed manual transmission is standard; there’s also a 1.5-litre BlueHDi 130 diesel that puts out 130PS, which is offered with a six-speed manual transmission or an eight-speed automatic.


A 110PS 1.2-litre PureTech petrol is also available, in conjunction with a six-speed manual transmission, and a more powerful 130PS automatic. Running costs should be low, in any case; as an example, all the diesel versions are claimed to average in excess of 60mpg – making them ideal for those covering higher mileages. The most frugal is the mid-range BlueHDi 100, which is advertised with 67.3mpg.


Two sizes of Berlingo are offered – M and XL – which are 4.4 and 4.7 metres long respectively. There are several trim levels available, too; there’s the entry-level X, the rugged Worker variant, the well-equipped Enterprise and the plusher Driver model. A host of new features are also on offer, including an overload indicator, a surround-view camera system and adaptive cruise control.


In any case, this Berlingo represents a notable improvement over its predecessor. It’s not expensive to run, it can deal with heavier loads and it’s still a comfortable, easy van to drive. Plus, for those willing to fork over the cash, it’s available with a range of advanced and useful equipment. 


Similar vans to consider include the popular Ford Transit Connect, the Volkswagen Caddy and the Peugeot Partner.


If you're looking for the MPV version, you need our Citroen Berlingo MPV (2018-) review.

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Cost to run

Citroen Berlingo loadspace

Prices and Specs

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