The BlueHDi 120 diesel engine demands a considerably higher asking price. It develops 118bhp, dusts off 0-62 in just 11.4 seconds but hardly fits in with the Citroen Berlingo MultiSpace’s affordable nature. That said, it’s still frugal, and can return 64.2mpg economy if you specify it with stop-start tech and a 6-speed manual transmission.
Both engines are workhorses that betray the car’s van origins. The bigger diesel feels more secure in poorer conditions, but neither is exciting to drive. The steering is overly heavy, and there is plenty of body lean in corners.
The diesel models are fairly cheap to insure, with the entry-level diesel sitting in group 10 out of 50.
Inside, there are lots of nods to the cars van roots – but that’s not always a bad thing. Head, leg and shoulder room is good, and it comes with up to seven seats.
The dash is a blandly utilitarian affair, although a recent facelift means you get a bit more cutting edge tech, as well as comfier upholstery. Go for the range-topping Flair model and you benefit from a smart 7” touchscreen.
The aesthetics can be off-putting, though. The grey atmosphere is incredibly gloomy, while the materials themselves are hard and old-fashioned. It’s not exactly the most inviting and friendly cabin you’ll ever step foot inside.
Worse still, getting comfortable isn’t easy.
On the flipside, practicality is good. The high seating position means visibility is good, while the massive sliding doors make for easy entry. There is plenty of room for you and all your six passengers, while the boot measures 675-litres. Fold both rows of rear seats and you can extend that to 3,000-litres.
If you want even more luggage capacity, you can add the ModuTop roof, which tops you up with 170-litres more luggage space.
Citroen – £16,600 – £20,865