We are acquainted with Citroen’s one.6-litre HDi diesel, many thanks to some present lengthy phrase spell having a C4 Picasso that has a 110bhp edition of that motor. To become sincere, the 90bhp incarnation within our Berlingo van does not really feel a lot slower, providing 215Nm of pulling energy to ensure that it’s not necessary to row it together with the gearlever in city use. That is essential simply because the Berlingo now suggestions the scales at gross car weights in between one,960kg and a pair of,130kg, based on your option of bodystyle, that is about 200kg much more compared to the authentic. Regardless of this good degree of grunt, gas economic climate continues to be extraordinary: we have been recording just below 50mpg within our time using the car. As we have currently recommended, the most recent Berlingo is really a far more advanced item than of previous. It utilizes impartial entrance suspension along with a transverse beam with angled shock absorbers in the rear with anti-roll bars that includes at each finishes. Around the street, this bigger Berlingo feels much less agile and instant in its responses compared to the authentic but most operators will take a slight reduction there, as well as in phrases of cornering physique manage, simply because the van’s trip ease and comfort and refinement are each extremely extraordinary. Street and motor sound are very well contained ensuring that large distances fly by and also the steering is mild, combining using the restricted 11m turning circle to assist manoeuvring. Our only gripe is the fact that the five-speed guide gearbox is one thing of the allow down with its sloppy lengthy toss motion. You will find two Berlingo bodystyles to think about and each are around the big aspect of what we anticipate from the compact van. Each variations share a two,728mm wheelbase however the lengthier L2 design has 248mm additional tagged on powering. We have received the smaller sized L1 but even that’s four,380mm in size – 243mm lengthier compared to the authentic Berlingo with 350mm additional within the wheelbase division. Payloads variety from 625kg to 850kg, a large carrying capability that edges awfully near to that of some little panel vans at its leading finish. The area within the rear is accessed via aspect hinged rear doorways which open up to almost one hundred eighty levels and expose a compartment that is one,800mm lengthy within our L1 edition and by no means lower than one,229mm broad. Sliding aspect doorways can be found as choices as is really a hinged roof flap by which lengthy products may be poked. The loading lip in the rear is good and reduced and also the load bay will get superb safety from its contents courtesy of panelling that extends midway up the perimeters from the car. The regular bulkhead is really a ladder body powering the driver’s seat only and an uncommon contact will be the load compartment mild that may be detached and utilized as being a torch. Citroen provides the Berlingo in two trim ranges, X and LX. Regular gear consists of Abdominal muscles brakes, a visit pc, a CD stereo, central locking, electrical entrance home windows and internally adjustable doorway mirrors. The LX provides distant central locking, heated electrical wing mirrors and an exterior temperature sensor. There is also the substantial pulling energy of the regular Trafficmaster Smartnav satellite navigation and car monitoring method. Internally, the Citroen Berlingo is definitely an extraordinary bit of function with great high quality supplies and neat style. The space for storing is plentiful and intelligent options abound prepared to swallow up all of the paraphernalia of one’s operating working day. Purchasers can select in between two entrance seats or perhaps a three-seater bench equipped to our check vehicle. Accurate, the center seat legroom is seriously impeded from the dash-mounted gearstick however it is helpful to possess if you have an additional kid along with you. Often, I’ve desired to thank Citroen for fitting it when situations have needed me to choose my more mature two children up from college around the way house from function. They appear to believe that Berlingo motoring is big enjoyable and, in relatively tempered style, I’m inclined to concur this is really a extremely likeable – and really usable – compact van that, nicely is not that compact. We are searching ahead to stretching its abilities a bit more within the months forward.
2015 Citroen Berlingo Van