CITROEN

CITROEN BERLINGO ESTATE 1.2 PureTech 130 Feel M 5dr EAT8

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 60 mph-

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2152 g/km

Try and picture a van-based compact people carrier. Bet you weren't imagining anything quite as nice as this. The MK3 model version of Citroen's much more civilised third generation Berlingo people carrier has been further distanced from its predecessors' basic commercial roots. With smarter styling, more equipment and efficient PureTech petrol and BlueHDi diesel engines, plus a full-electric version, this value-for-money five or seven-seater is now a vehicle that demands to be taken very seriously indeed. If you're after a budget family carry-all, it's well worth a look.

FRENCH SENSE

Citroen's Berlingo People Carrier has come a long way. Jonathan Crouch checks out the third generation version and wonders if families really need to pay more for pricier mid-sized MPVs.

Ten Second Review

Try and picture a van-based compact people carrier. Bet you weren't imagining anything quite as nice as this. The MK3 model version of Citroen's much more civilised third generation Berlingo people carrier has been further distanced from its predecessors' basic commercial roots. With smarter styling, more equipment and efficient PureTech petrol and BlueHDi diesel engines, plus a full-electric version, this value-for-money five or seven-seater is now a vehicle that demands to be taken very seriously indeed. If you're after a budget family carry-all, it's well worth a look.

Background

Some cars aren't too precious about the lives they need. Take Citroen's classic post-war 2CV. You could drive it across a ploughed field, hose it clean, subject it to a fearful leathering, then pass it on like a family heirloom. It was uniquely French, uniquely Citroen and its modernday successor was the first generation of this car, Citroen's Berlingo. The Belingo has been on sale as both a van and a van-based MPV for over two decades now, the MPV version previously badged 'Berlingo Multispace'. This third generation model is to be known simply as 'Berlingo'. Whatever you want to call it, this model line has been a successful one for Citroen (and for Peugeot whose Partner Tepee model was effectively a re-badged version of the same design). So much so that there have only been two iterations of people-carrying Berlingo in 22 years; until now.

Driving Experience

You'll probably be very pleasantly surprised by how the Berlingo drives. The old bump, thump and reverberations that characterised previous versions have well and truly gone. I know it's a bit of a cliche when discussing this sort of MPV but there is a lot of truth in describing this boxy Citroen as 'car-like'. For what is quite a tall, high vehicle, there's none of the tippy feeling that characterised the previous generation version of this design, helped in no small part by beefier anti roll bars. And a much improved suspension set-up. Which in turn has made possible the kind of ride quality you'd like to expect from a Citroen: in other words absorbent and very well tuned for our terrible roads. It's an important thing to consider, for I reckon that aside from safety and practicality, ride quality needs to be one of your key criteria when making a decision on an MPV-style vehicle. Too firm and you'll never manage to get the kids off to sleep on a long journey at night: too soft and they'll get car sick. The Berlingo strikes a good balance because it's a little softer than you might expect in compression and rebound - in other words, over the bumps - but a little firmer than you'd think in roll - in other words, around the corners. Engine-wise, you get to choose between a 1.2-litre three cylinder Puretech petrol unit with 110hp. there's also an auto transmission 130hp version of this unit. The combustion alternative is a 1.5-litre BlueHDi diesel (with 100 or 130hp). Or you can go full-electric with the e-Berlingo, which uses a 50kWh 100kW EV powerplant with a 170 mile range.

Design and Build

This third generation Berlingo sits on the PSA Group's latest EMP2 platform and gets the same kind of two-tier light signature frontal treatment we've seen on the company's recent models. There's a more forward-set windscreen and a higher and shorter front end, plus even 'Airbump' plastic panels protecting the flanks from supermarket scrapes. 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. 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. There's a class-leading boot volume, 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.

Market and Model

Let's face it, cash-strapped families don't want to spend too much on the car that'll move them about. The good news with this Berlingo is that they don't have to. Prices range in the £22,000-£28,000 bracket for combustion model - the all-electric e-Berlingo starts at around £30,000 after subtraction of the available government Plug-in car Grant. Either way, there's the option of a seven-seater variant if you want it. If you do, you'll want the lengthier 'XL' body style, which demands a £1,700 premium over the five-seat 'Size M' body shape. In the combustion range, there are three trim levels - 'Feel', 'Flair', 'Rip Curl' and top 'Flair XTR'. For e-Berlingo customers, there are 'Feel' and 'Flair XTR' options. The flagship 'Flair' variants are 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.

Cost of Ownership

Day-to-day running costs are kept well in check. The 110hp 1.2-litre PureTech petrol variant most will want manages 45.8mpg on the combined cycle and 146g/km of CO2. The BlueHDi 100 diesel improves those stats to 57.4mpg and up to 134g/km. Of course, you'll have to do your bit as a driver in order to get anywhere near the published fuel figures. To help you, the centre dash infotainment screen's 'Trip Computer' section gives you read-outs for current fuel consumption and remaining range. Plus it will tell you how long the Stop & Start system has been functional for on any given trip - though I'm not really sure why you'd ever want to know that.... The e-Berlingo has a range of up to 170 miles and supports up to 100kW rapid (DC) charging, with an 80% re-charge taking less than 30 minutes. A full charge from a 7.4 kW single-phase wallbox takes 7.5 hours thanks to the 7.4kW on-board charger. Enough on powertrain efficiency. What about other financial considerations? Well, regular service intervals come round every 16,000 miles or 12 months, depending on which comes sooner. If you engage in what Citroen calls 'Arduous' conditions of use, then you'll need a servicing visit every 10,000 miles or every year. The bottom line is that most owners will need to budget around an annual dealership appointment; there are plenty of Citroen outlets to choose from, so you should never be too far from one. So you can budget ahead, the French maker offers its 'Citroen Maintenance' scheme that lets you pay either a one-off fee or monthly instalments to cover the cost of the routine upkeep of your car for as long as three years and 35,000 miles.

Summary

Older Citroen Berlingo Multispace models tended to be enormously endearing. Like a faithful family hound, your people-carrying Berlingo wouldn't be flashy and could be a little agricultural in its manners but would never let you down. This third generation design though, sets out to add a little pedigree to the breed and in doing so, changes the rules quite significantly, positioning this model as a more desirable family accoutrement. Spend enough on this current generation version and it can be as stylish, safe and high-tech as you could possibly want. Going that route of course dilutes much of the price advantage that so sets more basic variants apart from more conventional - and arguably more car-like - compact MPVs. But it doesn't negate it completely. Which means that you can specify this Berlingo precisely the way you want and still end up with one of the most affordable five or seven-seat people carriers on the market. And a car that's far more spacious and practical than most of its contemporaries into the bargain. Which of course is why Berlingo sales remain so strong - and why you need to try one of these if you're looking for a good value set of family wheels. You can thank me later.

  • 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

  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 152
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 173
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 152

  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 77
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 90.5
  • CC: 1199
  • Cylinders: 3
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 12
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • Gears: 8 SPEED

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: True
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: 35.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max: 32.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min: 45.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max: 38.6
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min: 51.5
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max: 43.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min: 40.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max: 33.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 43.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 36.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min: 7.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max: 8.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 6.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 7.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min: 5.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max: 6.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min: 6.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max: 8.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 6.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 7.7

  • Generation Mark: 3
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 13E
  • 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: 130
  • Badge Engine CC: 1.2
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Coin Series: Feel
  • Coin Description: PureTech 130
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 60000
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12

  • Engine Power - BHP: 129
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • Top Speed: 124
  • Engine Power - KW: 95
  • Engine Power - RPM: 5500
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 170
  • Engine Torque - NM: 230
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1750
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 23.5

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP

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

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

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1410
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 775
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 3000
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 10.8
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2090
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 60
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1200
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 740
  • Max. Loading Weight: 680

  • 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: £2,000

  • 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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