Citroen Berlingo Multispace Diesel Estate
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Review Of The Citroen Berlingo MultiSpace Diesel Estate
As long as you’re not looking to make any fashion statements on the road, the new Citroen Berlingo MultiSpace Diesel Estate is a very compelling proposition. It’s spacious, offers excellent value for money and has a gigantic 3,000-litre boot that few will be complaining about.
It’s based on a van, but rather than put people off, Citroen wants us to see the advantages of this. For one thing, it means more space, and for another, it means that it’s going to be the kind of practical MPV that outdoorsy types will love.
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On The Road
The Berlingo is hardly the fastest thing on four wheels, but Citroen has recently updated its engine range so that it’s livelier than last time. Out on the road, it’s a steady-Eddy that’s capable and dependable. When the conditions allow, it can even be a bit zippy.
That said, no one is going to buy a car like this for its performance values. Instead, we want power and security, and the Berlingo can offer both.[vc_single_image image=”78072″ img_size=”article-image”]However, if you’ve driven a modern SUV recently, you’ll definitely notice a difference in the way this car drives. Inspiring? It is not, and it’s going to feel very old-fashioned. Had Citroen fitted it with a sixth gear, we would have had more to shout about, but alas the lack of a sixth gear means that high-speed cruising is difficult.
Body lean is an issue due to the car’s size but it’s not so bad that you would actually lose confidence in bends.
In terms of the engines, the 1.6-litre petrol unit kicks things off. This is the entry-level power plant that develops a modest 94bhp. That might not sound like much, but it’s the engine that will suit those on a budget. It completes the 0-62 dash in 12.8 seconds.
The turbocharged 1.2-litre petrol engine develops a more respectable 108bhp and feels a lot peppier. It’s also more economical. If your budget stretches far enough, it’s well worth a test drive.
The diesel engines are gruffer but suit the Berlingo MultiSpace better. The BlueHDi 100 is our top pick. It produces 98bhp and can get you from rest to 62mph in 12.4 seconds.
Citroen Berlingo MultiSpace Diesel Estate Interior, Design & Build
[vc_single_image image=”78071″ img_size=”article-image”]Buyers will, of course, have a few apprehensions because this MPV is based on a van. However, it’s not as basic as you might expect.
Its van roots are there to see, but they come with a few advantages. We’ll get to those practical benefits in a moment, but it’s worth pointing out that the dashboard is about as utilitarian as you can imagine. A 2015 update saw Citroen add a few niceties, such as smarter upholstery and advanced tech, while the Flair model gets treated to a 7” touchscreen.Overall, however, interior quality and imagination are lacking. Compared to modern, premium rivals, the Berlingo looks dated. Scratchy materials dominate and it feels and looks more like a van than a car.
Getting comfortable won’t be easy, either.
Is the Citroen Berlingo MultiSpace Diesel Estate practical? Its boot is absolutely gigantic and measures 3,000-litres when the rear seats are folded. Even with the seats up, it offers an impressive 665-litres of load space.
The car comes with five seats as standard but an extra third row is optional. Even with three rows of seats, legroom is still good upfront and in the back, while access is made easy by the massive sliding doors.
Overall, this is easily one of the most practical cars on the market right now, with an aeroplane-style overhead storage system just one of many clever practical touches that mark it out from its rivals.
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Equipment & Safety Of The Citroen Berlingo MultiSpace Diesel Estate
There are two trim levels on offer and both are reasonably well-equipped. The entry-level model gets a USB connection, Bluetooth, a stereo, air conditioning and electric windows, while the range-topping Flair model adds airline-style overhead storage, 16” alloys, roof rails, individual row-two seating, privacy glass, a split-opening tailgate, electric door mirrors, front electric windows and remote central locking.
There aren’t too many optional extras to choose from, with highlights including a £300 roof bar and £320 front curtain airbags. For both trims, sat-nav is optional and costs £400.
In terms of safety, this is where the Berlingo MultiSpace disappoints. It scored only 3/5 when crash tested by Euro NCAP, with adult occupant protection rated at just 56%. Moreover, autonomous emergency braking isn’t included as standard but costs an extra £450. If safety is your number one priority, you might want to look elsewhere.
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Costs Of The Citroen Berlingo MultiSpace Diesel Estate
Prices for the new car start out from £16,800 and rise to £21,055. For more information on our leasing deals, check out our page here.
In terms of its running costs, the diesels make the car a very attractive-looking package. The BlueHDi 100, when fitted with stop-start tech can return as much as 67.3mpg and emit just 109g/km of CO2. For such a large car, these numbers are impressive, although they might be hard to achieve in the real world.
If you opt for the same engine but decide against adding stop-start tech, you can average returns of 65.6mpg while emitting 113g/km of CO2.
The bigger Blue HDi 120 variant returns 64.2mpg at best if you pair it up with stop-start and a 6-speed manual transmission.
Pros and Cons Of The Citroen Berlingo MultiSpace Diesel Estate
Seven seats are optional, the sliding side doors are super useful, and the boot measures a massive 3,000-litres.
If buyers are still unconvinced by the car, it’s hard to know what more Citroen could give families for less than £17,000.
Good to Drive
No, it’s not exciting as such, but it’s lively and – for the most part – hassle-free.
Pleasant To Look At
It’s typically quirky for a Citroen, which helps it stand out in what is usually a drab-looking sector.
It does look fairly easy on the eye but it lacks image, which isn’t helped by how old it now is.
Citroen Berlingo MultiSpace Diesel Estate vs Ford Tourneo Connect Diesel Estate vs Fiat Doblo Diesel Estate
Let’s see how the car fares against its rivals in the comparison section of our 2018 Citroen Berlingo MultiSpace Diesel Estate review.
Citroen Berlingo MultiSpace Diesel Estate vs Ford Tourneo Connect Diesel Estate
The new Ford Tourneo Connect Diesel Estate is more spacious than the Ford CMAX but costs a lot less to buy. Like the Citroen, it isn’t going to win any prizes for looks.
On the road, the way it drives will be perfectly fine if all you’re looking for is a practical van-based car that can get you from A to B without any hassle. It won’t entertain you, and its harsh suspension setup means that you won’t be all that comfortable, but its car-based underpinnings mean that it’s pretty well connected to the road.[vc_single_image image=”78070″ img_size=”article-image”]In terms of its engines, diesels suit it best. There is only one available – a 1.5-litre unit – but it’s available in two power guises. The smallest of the two develops 99bhp, while the bigger variant develops as much as 118bhp.
There isn’t much by way of performance, but the 118bhp gets a sixth gear, something that the Citroen really could do with, too. This makes it more refined on the motorway.
The 99bhp variant can cover the 0-62 dash in 14.0 seconds, while the bigger 118bhp variant covers it in 12.6 seconds and has a max speed of 106mph.
Running costs? The 99bhp variant returns as much as 64.2mpg when paired up with a 5-speed manual ‘box and optional stop-start, which makes it a very affordable proposition.
Inside, the Ford benefits from a smarter design than the Citroen. In fact, it looks a lot like any other modern Ford.
Look hard enough, however, and you will spot scratchier plastics.
The driver’s seat adjusts any way you can think of, the seats are plenty supportive but the boxy shape of the car means that external noises will enter the cabin with ease. Wind whistling is a particular problem at speed.
Is the Ford Tourneo Connect Diesel Estate practical? It’s super spacious, with the driver in particular treated to an abundance of room. The driver sits fairly high up but headroom is still excellent. Indeed, with zero sloping rooflines in sight, headroom is good for all.
Three adults will be more than happy with the space on offer in the rear, while seven seats are available as an optional extra. However, the third row of seats is suitable for kids only.
The boot, meanwhile, measures 332-litres with three seats up and 1,286 with the third row folded. Remove all seats and the boot offers 2,410-litres of space. That’s a lot but nowhere near what the Citroen can offer.
Citroen – £16,800 – £21,055
Ford – £18,860 – £24,680
Citroen Berlingo MultiSpace Diesel Estate vs Fiat Doblo Diesel Estate
The new Fiat Doblo Diesel Estate is another budget-friendly MPV that’s spacious and very practical.
Like the Citroen, the Fiat is much more suited to diesel engines than petrols. However, it would help a lot if the diesels were more refined. As it is, they’re pretty damn gruff.
Both are variants of a 1.6-litre MultiJet engine. The smallest of the two develops 105bhp, while the bigger of the two develops 118bhp.[vc_single_image image=”78069″ img_size=”article-image”]The 118bhp variant is better suited to the motorway, but both engines require a lot of work from you if you’re to get the best out of them. On start-up, they’re both noisy and get noisier still as you go above 2,500rpm.
In terms of the way it drives, the Doblo fares well. It’s good with corners, can boast accurate steering and sharp handling, and there’s plenty of grip on offer, too. Body roll is nowhere near as bad as last time either.
Running costs? Impressive, with even the biggest diesel able to return over 51mpg while emitting just 144g/km of CO2.
Inside, the Doblo benefits from soft springs and is able to offer a reasonably smooth ride. The soft seats help with this. Insulation is good too, and wind noise shouldn’t be an issue on the motorway.
However, design-language is basic and compared to modern rivals, the Doblo’s cabin looks dated.
Is the Fiat Doblo Diesel Estate practical? This is an area where it excels. Seven seats are available as an affordable optional extra, but if you stick to the five-seater version, the boot measures almost 800-litres with all the seats up.
Access is made easy by the sliding rear doors, while a parcel shelf can support an extra 69kg.
Fiat – £14,240 – £20,145
Verdict Of Our 2018 Citroen Berlingo MultiSpace Diesel Estate Review
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