Citroen Berlingo Review |CarAdvice

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Citroen Berlingo


Competitive price; diesel efficiency; accommodating cargo simple dashboard layout; driving position

The Citroen is one of just a handful of compact available in Australia.

The Berlingo belongs to the sub-2.5-tonne van segment, is dominated by the Volkswagen Caddy per cent market share) and is home to the Suzuki APV. Combo. Renault Kangoo and the mechanical twin from company PSA, the Peugeot .

The Berlingo is a relatively modest in the segment. The majority of vans in Australia belong to the larger class, where vehicles the popular Hyundai iLoad and HiAce offer added and versatility. In Europe it is also as an MPV with rear seats, the C4 Picasso fills that for Citroen in Australia.

The Citroen is available in two distinct specifications in the short-body petrol-powered ‘L1’ and the ‘L2’ diesel. Priced at and $22,990 respectively, the Berlingo is the cheapest small vans on the comparing closely with the APV and undercutting the Combo ($21,280), ($21,990 to $36,490), Partner to $25,890) and Kangoo ($24,490).

Both L1 and L2 Berlingo variants the same 2728mm wheelbase, the L2 is 248mm longer than the L1 versus 4380mm). The extra which is all added to the rear expands the L2’s internal length from 1800mm to (3010mm to 3250mm with the passenger seat folded and sees load volume from 3.3m 3 to 3.7m 3. The L1 has a payload, however, rated at compared with the L2’s capacity.

Both Berlingo share a width between the arches of 1229mm and a maximum area width of 1620mm. The twin barn doors out to 177 degrees, allowing the Berlingo to be right up to a loading bay. The L1 standard with a passenger-side door and the option of a second one of the side ($1000), while the L2 standard with sliding on both sides.

Compared the segment-leading Caddy, the L1 has a marginally and more accommodating cargo with a greater payload, the L2 trails the long-body (and Caddy Maxi by 200mm in 0.5m 3 in total volume and up to in payload. Both Citroen are wider inside than Volkswagen counterparts.

The Berlingo also has a larger volume than the Combo 3 ) and Kangoo (3.0m 3 ), essentially dimensions to the Partner, and just the APV (3.4m 3 ) in the comparative L1 spec.

The Citroen Berlingo L1 is powered by a four-cylinder petrol engine produces 66kW of power (at and 132Nm of torque (at 2500rpm). exclusively with a five-speed transmission, the L1 accelerates from in a rather tardy 17.5 and uses 8.2 litres of fuel per on the combined cycle.

The diesel in the long-body Berlingo L2 matches the for power and displacement (66kW at turbocharged 1.6-litre), but trumps it for power with an additional of torque (215Nm in total, from 1750rpm). Also with a five-speed manual, the grunt helps shave 1.2 off the L2’s sprint time, fuel consumption is also 30 per sharper in the diesel variant at – a figure we came close to by 6.1L/100km in a week of predominantly suburban trips in our L2 test

The diesel engine shudders at and when turned off, and is clattery under acceleration. enough torque to make it capable around town a light load in the back, and it its best work between and 4000rpm – any lower and it labours; any and it’s just making

The steering has a sloppy feel, of a disconcerting degree of play in the at … centre. There’s to no feedback from the road, and a at lower speeds near the positions. Fortunately, there’s a steadiness to the wheel through that somewhat redeems the

The ride also lacks sophistication, banging hard surface joins and potholes and over undulations and bumps. decidedly more composed on roads, however, where it flat, rides quietly and is comfortable to be inside.

The view from the high seat is commanding, with forward visibility and great big mirrors to help you keep of the action behind and either Reversing the Berlingo is actually than you may imagine, with and wheels that are surprisingly to judge. Given its fully cargo section, vision reversing out of driveways is predictably making the $500 rear sensor option a worthy

The seats offer adequate although for some the seat will lack depth, your knees and thighs on support.

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The gear lever is a long way to the left, however, and those who sit close to the (reach- and wheel will have to to reach first. There’s a feel to the shifter although vagueness that makes it a difficult to pick gears The clutch pedal is light and but has an obvious grab point makes it easy to feel way around.

The cabin layout and effective. Audio and cruise stalks are positioned out of sight the steering wheel. There’s of information packed into the display screen, although some of the functions – in typical style – is a little unintuitive.

The interior plastics feel and sturdy, and the build quality and fit and is impressive – probably better you might expect. The glovebox is and rather poorly designed, there are myriad other spaces, including door cup holders, a dashboard hatch the instrument cluster, and a generous storage shelf that is for street directories, folders and knick knacks.

In two-seat the Berlingo comes with a between the seats, while in form the middle backrest forward to present a flat surface that is perfect for on to write.

Standard features 15-inch steel wheels, windows, manual air conditioning, CD trip computer, driver’s armrest, load compartment points and cargo area

Along with the differences mentioned above, the L2 adds a cargo matt, AUX/USB and Bluetooth phone connectivity audio streaming. Adding and Bluetooth to the L1 adds $700 to the

The standard safety package a single driver’s airbag, brakes (ABS), full-size wheel and cruise control speed limiter. The Berlingo earned a four-star ANCAP rating in 2011, although the tested was a European model with a passenger airbag, brakeforce distribution (EBD) and assist.

Australian customers can in electronic stability control for and a passenger airbag for another although the latter is only if you don’t tick the $500 to include the third seat in the

The Citroen Berlingo is covered by a warranty, which matches its for duration but trails the likes of and Renault for distance.

While the and handling lack overall and some of the interior ergonomics a bit to be desired, the Citroen Berlingo is priced, accommodating on the inside and to drive, and worthy of consideration if you a cheap, efficient, compact

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