Citroen Berlingo van review

The Citroen Berlingo is a mid-size van from the French manufacturer that blends some typically off-the-wall Gallic looks with impressive functionality.

Slotting in between the Citroen Nemo and the Citroen Dispatch in the French manufacturer’s light commercial vehicle range, the Berlingo van is a medium-sized van that is also offered in passenger car format as the Citroen Berlingo Multispace.

The Berlingo van offers between 3.3-3.7 cubic metres of storage space and a payload of between 625kg to 750kg in its boxy load area, and it’s large enough for two European pallets. Folding the front passenger seat down also allows for more storage space.

There’s good room for two at the front in an airy and elevated seating position, while the driver’s seat and sterring wheel can both be adjusted.

Two rear doors open through 180 degrees to allow easy loading access, but sliding side doors or a tailgate can also be specified.

There are also binnacles and cubby holes dotted all over the Berlingo’s cockpit, meaning you’ll never go short of storage spaces.

There’s a functional lay-out up front but the Berlingo confounds expectations by providing a comfortable driving experience, with an adjustable steering wheel making it easy to adapt the driving position.

Citroen also claims the Berlingo offers the comfort of a passenger car, with CD audio player as standard. Indeed, the cockpit is a high-quality area for a van, and should prove a real plus point for buyers. Higher trim levels offer even more passenger car luxuries.

The Berlingo is powered by a choice of flexible and economical HDI diesel engines, including an excellent 1.6-litre HDI we took for test drive that comes with an ample 75bhp of power and 185Nm of torque. Fuel economy in this engine almost reached 50mpg – impressive stuff for a load-lugger.

Buyers looking for more grunt should consider the 90bhp version of the same engine, with a chunk more torque at 215Nm but returning exactly the same 48.5mpg.

There’s also a 1.6-litre petrol engine for a little more responsiveness, but diesels will be the right choice for most who buy the Berlingo van. Five-speed manual boxes come with every powertrain.

The Berlingo provides a relaxed, hushed drive that should provide plenty of easy hours of cruising, but it also feels planted on the road, with steering giving good feedback and the light clutch meaning driving in urban environments does not get tiring.

Available in a number of specifications and engine choices, the Citroen Berlingo commercial vehicle offers flexibility, practicality and economy. In the CV world, the Berlingo ticks all the right boxes.