CITROEN

CITROEN BERLINGO ESTATE 1.2 PureTech Feel M 5dr

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionManual

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph11.5s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2146 g/km

BUDGET SPACE

Citroen's Berlingo MPV offers a lot of space and flexibility for the money, thinks June Neary

Will It Suit Me?

I must be honest and say that the 'van with windows' formula has never been one that has much appealed to me. However, you have to say that it's a cut-price way of providing many of the benefits of one of those Scenic-like family MPVs without the prohibitive cost. Whilst a Renault Scenic costs from nearly £22,000, the Citroen Berlingo MPV featured here can be yours from only around £19,000 - quite a difference if you're buying on a family budget. When this car first arrived in the UK badged as the 'Berlingo Multispace', it was a very basic thing indeed, but the launch of the second generation version in 2008 ratcheted up the quality factor quite a few notches. In the Summer of 2018, this third generation version was introduced, with smarter looks, more efficient engines and a nicer cabin. This demanded re-evaluation of the car on my part and in general, I came away impressed.

Practicalities

The first thing you notice about this Citroen after living with it for a little is its versatility. Here's an example: we used it for a picnic and it started to rain, whereupon we were able to take shelter beneath the raised tailgate. At over 4ft wide, this doubles up as a large umbrella and raises high enough for party of six footers to stand beneath it. As before, there are two wide sliding side doors and they feature electric windows. There are two body styles - 'M' and 'XL'. And buyers choose between 5 or 7-seat variants. Another advantage of the LCV-inspired shape is that the van design's high roofline means enough headroom for the most vertically challenged passengers (up to 6ft 6in). It also, not surprisingly for a vehicle of this type, means a huge amount of luggage space - more indeed than you'd find in a large executive estate car. So yes, mountain bikes, scuba gear and surfboards can all be accommodated with ease. Loading heavy items in is aided by a reinforced rear bumper which can withstand up to 150kgs. Citroen claims even more interior versatility this time round, with three individual seats in the rear that can be folded down with a simple movement using the 'Magic Flat' controls in the boot. Combined with a folding front passenger seat, this feature provides a perfectly flat floor and a load length of up to 2.70m for the standard 'M' version and 3.05m for the lengthier 'XL' model. That class-leading boot volume I mentioned has been increased by 100-litres to 775-litres for the 'M' version. The boot is easily accessible thanks to the opening rear window in the tailgate and two different height positions for the luggage cover. Around the cabin, there are 28 large and ingenious storage spaces such as the new-generation Modutop multi-function roof that also lets more light into the interior. The 'Top Box' glove box is unique to the segment thanks to the 'Airbag in Roof' system. Neat touches abound around the cabin, with no fewer than 15 different storage areas that can accommodate anything from large bottles to small change. Above the front seats, a massive full-width overhead shelf is designed for maps and newspapers, whilst expandable pockets above and below the rear seat side windows provide handy storage for odds and ends. In addition, there are twin gloveboxes, incorporating cup and penholders. The dashboard looks a lot classier on the latest car than in early models with a large multi function display letting you know what's going on.

Behind the Wheel

Bearing in mind this car's commercial ancestry, I was expecting a less than exhilarating driving experience - but it wasn't too bad. Engine-wise, you get to choose between a 1.2-litre three cylinder Puretech petrol unit (with 110 or 130hp) or a 1.5-litre BlueHDi diesel (with 75, 100 or 130hp). For auto transmission, you'll need one of the 130hp variants. All models feature compliant rear suspension to make them feel less like the van this car is based on. The result isn't something you'll be finding excuses to drive, but a vehicle that doesn't handle too badly either, with surprisingly little roll considering the height of the vehicle.

Value For Money

Prices start at around £19,000, rising to around £26,000 for the top 1.5-litre BlueHDi XL Flair model. That flagship 'Flair' variant is very generously equipped, including features like an 8.0in central infotainment screen, dual-zone climate control, a head-up instrument display, a 360-degree manoeuvring camera, a top-spec interactive navigation system, sophisticated connectivity on four different levels and a so-called Modutop system consisting of panoramic glass roof panels as well as all manner of shelves, gadget compartments and an ambient lighting show above occupants' heads. Citroen is also including its latest camera-driven safety tech too.

Could I Live With One?

Yes. To be honest, I'd want to take a careful look at one of these kinds of vehicles before investing so much in a mid-sized MPV like a Scenic or a Vauxhall Zafira Tourer. Van-based mid-sized People Carriers like this Citroen make that much sense.

  • Electric front windows
  • Heated rear windscreen
  • Automatic triggered rear windscreen wiper in reverse gear
  • Front windscreen wiper with multi speed setting
  • Pop out opening rear side windows

  • Anti-locking braking system with electronic braking distribution and emergency braking assistance
  • Electronic stability program with hill launch assist
  • Front/rear disc brakes
  • Electronic parking brake

  • Bluetooth telephone facility

  • Rear parking sensor
  • Programmable cruise control and speed limiter

  • Start/stop system

  • Mirror screen with mirror link, apple carplay and andriod auto
  • Multi function trip computer
  • 8" touch screen

  • Electric heated door mirrors
  • Body colour door mirrors

  • DAB Digital radio
  • USB socket
  • 6 speakers radio with mp3 compatible

  • Airbump
  • Chrome chevrons front grille
  • Body colour door handles
  • Twin sliding side doors
  • Body coloured front bumper

  • Halogen headlights
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Headlights left on audible warning
  • Front fog lights with cornering function
  • Two tier light signature
  • White fog light surrounds and airbump coloured surround on first capsule

  • Air conditioning

  • Fixing rings 4 in load compartment
  • Gear shift indicator
  • 12V socket
  • Full width front overhead storage shelf
  • Top box glove compartment
  • 2 height parcel shelf
  • Mica cloth upholstery
  • Electric power steering with reach and rake adjustable steering column
  • Nemo grained interior ambiance
  • Driver and passenger dashboard mounted cup holders

  • Front interior light with 2 reading spotlights and rear interior light with timer

  • Safety pack - Berlingo
  • Visibility pack - Berlingo

  • Front three point retractable seatbelts with force limiters
  • Adaptive driver and front passenger airbags with passenger airbag deactivation function
  • Tyre pressure sensor
  • Front and rear curtain airbags
  • Child locks on rear doors
  • 3x3 point rear seatbelts
  • 3x Isofix child seat fittings in the second row
  • 3x Front optimised safety headrests and rear retractable headrests with height adjustable
  • Driver and front passenger side airbag
  • Front and rear seats seatbelt unfastened on the move audible and visual alert

  • Height adjustable driver seat with adjustable lumbar support under seat storage and elbow rest
  • Foldable passenger seat with under seat storage and elbow rest
  • 1/3 to 2/3 split folding rear seats
  • Tray tables at the back of the front seats

  • Automatic hazard light activation upon heavy brake application
  • Deadlocks
  • Remote central locking
  • Electronic code immobiliser
  • Automatic door locking when moving off

  • 16" Steel wheels with twirl wheel trim

  • Compressor with puncture repair kit

  • Noise Level dB(A): 68
  • CO: 0.444
  • HC: 0.022
  • NOx: 0.052
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: 0.0014
  • CO2 (g/km): 122
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 146
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min: 172
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max: 184
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min: 140
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max: 164
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min: 127
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max: 152
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min: 160
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max: 196
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 167
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 146

  • Engine Code: EB2ADT
  • Cylinders: 3
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 12
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Compression Ratio: 10.5:1
  • Transmission: MANUAL
  • Gears: 6 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 77
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 90.5
  • CC: 1199

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • EC Urban (mpg): 44.8
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): 56.5
  • EC Combined (mpg): 51.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: 39.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max: 36.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min: 48.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max: 40.9
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min: 53.1
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max: 43.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min: 42.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max: 34.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 45.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 38.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min: 7.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max: 7.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 5.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 6.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min: 5.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max: 6.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min: 6.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max: 8.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 6.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 7.4

  • Generation Mark: 3
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Coin Series: Feel
  • Coin Description: PureTech
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 60000
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 91
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 81
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 58
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: 68
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 4
  • Badge Power: 110
  • Badge Engine CC: 1.2
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 10E

  • Engine Power - KW: 81
  • Engine Power - RPM: 5500
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 151
  • Engine Torque - NM: 205
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1750
  • Engine Power - BHP: 109
  • Engine Power - PS: False
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 11.5
  • Top Speed: 108
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 20.9

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP

  • Tyre Size Front: 215/65 R16
  • Tyre Size Rear: 215/65 R16
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 16" STEEL
  • Wheel Style: N
  • Alloys?: False
  • Space Saver?: False

  • Width (including mirrors): 2107
  • Height: N
  • Height (including roof rails): 1844
  • Length: 4403
  • Width: 1921
  • Wheelbase: 2785

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1366
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2050
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 60
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 775
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1150
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 720
  • Max. Loading Weight: 684
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 3000
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 10.8

  • 180 degree colour reversing camera: £150

  • Metallic paint: £545
  • Solid paint: Included
  • Additional special solid paint: £545

  • Family pack with child rear view mirror and blinds on rear side windows - Berlingo: £100

  • Metallic - Soft sand: £545
  • Metallic - Copper: £545
  • Metallic - Deep blue: £545
  • Metallic - Platinum grey: £545
  • Metallic - Cumulus grey: £545

  • Solid - Polar white: £0

  • Additional special solid - Onyx black: £545

  • Thatcham category 1 alarm: £200

  • Detachable towbar with 13 pin + Trailer Sway Mitigation: £500

  • Mica cloth - Green: £0

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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