Verdict

The third-generation Berlingo is genuinely plush in the event you purchase in direction of the prime quality. It’s higher to drive and constructed to a better customary than ever, and with solely electrical powertrains obtainable from 2022, the sooner petrol and diesel fashions could possibly be a superb funding for the subsequent few years.

When it involves pondering outdoors the field, Citroen has an extended and wealthy historical past of doing issues in another way. So when it thought up the van-derived people-carrier that was the unique Berlingo in 1996, we shouldn’t have been stunned.

Within a 12 months, Renault had retaliated with the Kangoo, and the van-based MPV quickly took off – extra so in Europe than within the UK, although, as a result of we’re much less eager on utilitarian transport. But for individuals who wished one thing low-cost, cozy and sensible, there was little that would contact the Berlingo. A second era arrived in 2008, with an all-new mannequin showing a decade later.

History

The third-generation Citroen Berlingo went on sale in July 2018 in Feel and Flair trims and five-seat M and seven-seat XL editions, with the latter being 35cm longer.

There was one 1.2-litre PureTech three-cylinder petrol engine with 109bhp or 128bhp, with six-speed handbook and eight-speed automated transmissions respectively. Diesel followers might purchase a 1.5-litre BlueHDi with 74bhp, 99bhp or 128bhp. The first two have been obtainable solely with a handbook gearbox, however the BlueHDi 130 could possibly be purchased with a six-speed handbook or eight-speed automated. All engines have been supplied with the Berlingo M, however the BlueHDi 75 wasn’t obtainable in XL kind.

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In June 2019 Citroen added Flair XTR trim, however solely with the BlueHDi 100 and 130 engines. The Rip Curl particular version of December 2020 got here with BlueHDi 100 or PureTech 130 powerplants. It didn’t characteristic any additional customary tools and was obtainable solely with white paint (gray or black have been extra-cost choices) together with distinctive decals and inside particulars. From October 2021 Rip Curl changed Flair trim.

In January 2022, all petrol and diesel Berlingos went off sale, with solely a completely electrical model obtainable. The e-Berlingo has a 134bhp electrical motor and is fitted with a 50kWh battery for a claimed vary of as much as 177 miles. There have been nonetheless M and XL editions, each obtainable in Feel and Flair XTR trims.

Which one ought to I purchase?

The BlueHDi makes essentially the most sense. It’s essentially the most available, essentially the most frugal, the most affordable to purchase and in addition has the longest vary. It additionally has loads of torque, so whether or not you’re loaded up or towing, it makes the lightest work of long-distance journeys.

The PureTech editions are good to drive and fairly cost-effective to purchase, however you’ll pay extra to run one, due to diminished gas economic system. The e-Berlingo is far more costly, however working prices can be decrease, though a real-world vary of 140-150 miles could be an issue for some.

Even the entry-level Berlingo Feel is fairly properly outfitted. As customary, Citroen fitted an eight-inch touchscreen, DAB radio, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, air-con, cruise management, electrical entrance home windows, rear parking sensors and auto emergency braking. The Feel additionally got here with 16-inch metal wheels and pop-out rear aspect home windows.

Flair added electrical home windows and privateness glass, power-folding door mirrors, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror and 16-inch alloys. The Flair XTR featured a head-up show, a rear digicam and 17-inch wheels.

Alternatives to the Citroen Berlingo Mk3

The Peugeot Rifter and Vauxhall Combo Life are successfully the Berlingo rebadged, with comparable engines, specs and costs. Launched in 2014, the Ford Tourneo Connect is sweet to drive, roomy, properly made and versatile, with a alternative of environment friendly petrol or diesel engines.

Also check out the Volkswagen Caddy Life, the most recent model of which was launched in 2021. Based on the identical platform because the Golf, it’s dynamically very succesful, properly made, appears sensible and has loads of versatile house.

What to search for

AdBlue

Citroen says the diesel Berlingo’s AdBlue tank wants filling each 14,000 miles, however 8,000-10,000 miles is extra typical.

Tyres

Which treads you match and what strain they’re stored at have an enormous impact on the way in which the Berlingo drives. Owners charge Michelin Cross Climates.

Spare wheel

Some Berlingos have been provided with a tyre mobility equipment relatively than a spare wheel, however full-size spares can be found from Citroen sellers.

Storage

The Flair XTR will get a panoramic glass roof and Modutop. The latter is an inside roof storage system, however XL editions didn’t get it, solely the M.

Common faults

Citroen achieved a disappointing twenty eighth within the 2021 Driver Power manufacturers survey, with 23 per cent of householders experiencing a fault of some description. Check the service and MoT historical past of any Berlingo you have a look at.

Interior

This is likely one of the Berlingo’s highlights. Whether you purchase a 5 or seven-seat model, you’ll have plenty of carrying capability: 775 or 1,050 litres respectively with the again seats in place, and three,500 or 4,000 litres with them folded.

Versatility is excellent, with the XL able to swallowing hundreds as much as three metres lengthy due to a folding entrance seat. There’s a lot of head and legroom for 5 occupants, too, though the seven-seater is a bit tighter within the rearmost row.

The eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system that got here customary with the Berlingo appears sensible sufficient, however the controls are a bit fiddly.

Running prices

BlueHDis and e-Berlingos want servicing each two years/ 25k miles, though the latter ought to have an inspection each 12 months or 12,500 miles. The intervals for PureTech fashions constructed as much as Nov 2019 are yearly or 16k miles; after that the restrict was diminished to 12,500 miles.

The schedule runs interim/foremost/interim/main for PureTech and BlueHDi automobiles. The interim is an inspection and fluid top-up. You can select between sample elements (£189) and real elements (£199). The foremost service is priced at £219 or £249; a brand new pollen filter is included.

The main service features a new air filter and a gas filter (diesel) or spark plugs (petrol). Dealers cost £309 or £369 for a serious BlueHDi service, however PureTech fashions are priced at £339 or £399. The e-Berlingo alternates between interim and foremost providers, at £70 and £229.

Fresh brake fluid is required each two years (£65). Every six years or 62,500 miles, the petrol unit has a cambelt change, which prices £569, or £449 with sample elements.

Recalls

Citroen has recalled the third-generation Berlingo seven instances. The first two campaigns have been in April 2019, one for a defective half within the handbrake mechanism, the opposite for a plastic element inside the exhaust which might injury the diesel particulate filter.

Two extra remembers got here in November and December 2019, the primary due to defective seatbelts and the second due to defective steering columns. A recall was issued in February 2020 as a result of the urea injector for the AdBlue system might turn out to be blocked.

Sub-standard tie rods within the entrance suspension have been the rationale behind recall quantity six in July 2020, then in January 2021 got here the latest marketing campaign, as a result of the timing belt might break up, resulting in the brake servo being broken.

Driver Power proprietor satisfaction

No Citroens appeared within the 2021 Driver Power new-car survey, however the earlier 12 months noticed 4 within the prime 75: Grand C4 SpaceTourer (twenty eighth), C3 Aircross (66th), C1 (72nd) and C4 Cactus (73rd). The Berlingo sells in too low volumes to seem, however Citroens typically sit within the decrease half of the rankings.

In our manufacturers survey, Citroen completed in 18th place out of 33 corporations represented, placing it above premium corporations comparable to MINI, Mercedes, BMW and (simply) Volkswagen.

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