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CITROEN BERLINGO DIESEL ESTATE

1.5 BlueHDi 130 Flair XTR XL 5dr [7 seat]

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Citroen's Berlingo People Carrier has come a long way. Jonathan Crouch checks out the third generation version and wonders if families really need to pay more for pricier mid-sized MPVs.

Background

Some cars aren't too precious about the lives they need. Take Citroen's classic post-war 2CV. You could drive it across a ploughed field, hose it clean, subject it to a fearful leathering, then pass it on like a family heirloom. It was uniquely French, uniquely Citroen and its modernday successor was the first generation of this car, Citroen's Berlingo. The Belingo has been on sale as both a van and a van-based MPV for over two decades now, the MPV version previously badged 'Berlingo Multispace'. This third generation model is to be known simply as 'Berlingo'. Whatever you want to call it, this model line has been a successful one for Citroen (and for Peugeot whose Partner Tepee model was effectively a re-badged version of the same design). So much so that there have only been two iterations of people-carrying Berlingo in 22 years; until now.

Driving Experience

You'll probably be very pleasantly surprised by how the Berlingo drives. The old bump, thump and reverberations that characterised previous versions have well and truly gone. I know it's a bit of a cliche when discussing this sort of MPV but there is a lot of truth in describing this boxy Citroen as 'car-like'. For what is quite a tall, high vehicle, there's none of the tippy feeling that characterised the previous generation version of this design, helped in no small part by beefier anti roll bars. And a much improved suspension set-up. Which in turn has made possible the kind of ride quality you'd like to expect from a Citroen: in other words absorbent and very well tuned for our terrible roads. It's an important thing to consider, for I reckon that aside from safety and practicality, ride quality needs to be one of your key criteria when making a decision on an MPV-style vehicle. Too firm and you'll never manage to get the kids off to sleep on a long journey at night: too soft and they'll get car sick. The Berlingo strikes a good balance because it's a little softer than you might expect in compression and rebound - in other words, over the bumps - but a little firmer than you'd think in roll - in other words, around the corners. Engine-wise, you get to choose between a 1.2-litre three cylinder Puretech petrol unit with 110hp. there's also an auto transmission 130hp version of this unit. The combustion alternative is a 1.5-litre BlueHDi diesel (with 100 or 130hp). Or you can go full-electric with the e-Berlingo, which uses a 50kWh 100kW EV powerplant with a 170 mile range.

Design and Build

This third generation Berlingo sits on the PSA Group's latest EMP2 platform and gets the same kind of two-tier light signature frontal treatment we've seen on the company's recent models. There's a more forward-set windscreen and a higher and shorter front end, plus even 'Airbump' plastic panels protecting the flanks from supermarket scrapes. As before, there are two wide sliding side doors and they feature electric windows. There are two body styles - 'M' and 'XL'. And buyers choose between 5 or 7-seat variants. Citroen claims even more interior versatility this time round, with three individual seats in the rear that can be folded down with a simple movement using the 'Magic Flat' controls in the boot. Combined with a folding front passenger seat, this feature provides a perfectly flat floor and a load length of up to 2.70m for the standard 'M' version and 3.05m for the lengthier 'XL' model. There's a class-leading boot volume, increased by 100-litres to 775-litres for the 'M' version. The boot is easily accessible thanks to the opening rear window in the tailgate and two different height positions for the luggage cover. Around the cabin, there are 28 large and ingenious storage spaces such as the new-generation Modutop multi-function roof that also lets more light into the interior. The 'Top Box' glove box is unique to the segment thanks to the 'Airbag in Roof' system.

Market and Model

Let's face it, cash-strapped families don't want to spend too much on the car that'll move them about. The good news with this Berlingo is that they don't have to. Prices range in the £22,000-£28,000 bracket for combustion model - the all-electric e-Berlingo starts at around £30,000 after subtraction of the available government Plug-in car Grant. Either way, there's the option of a seven-seater variant if you want it. If you do, you'll want the lengthier 'XL' body style, which demands a £1,700 premium over the five-seat 'Size M' body shape. In the combustion range, there are three trim levels - 'Feel', 'Flair', 'Rip Curl' and top 'Flair XTR'. For e-Berlingo customers, there are 'Feel' and 'Flair XTR' options. The flagship 'Flair' variants are very generously equipped, including features like an 8.0in central infotainment screen, dual-zone climate control, a head-up instrument display, a 360-degree manoeuvring camera, a top-spec interactive navigation system, sophisticated connectivity on four different levels and a so-called Modutop system consisting of panoramic glass roof panels as well as all manner of shelves, gadget compartments and an ambient lighting show above occupants' heads. Citroen is also including its latest camera-driven safety tech too.

Cost of Ownership

Day-to-day running costs are kept well in check. The 110hp 1.2-litre PureTech petrol variant most will want manages 45.8mpg on the combined cycle and 146g/km of CO2. The BlueHDi 100 diesel improves those stats to 57.4mpg and up to 134g/km. Of course, you'll have to do your bit as a driver in order to get anywhere near the published fuel figures. To help you, the centre dash infotainment screen's 'Trip Computer' section gives you read-outs for current fuel consumption and remaining range. Plus it will tell you how long the Stop & Start system has been functional for on any given trip - though I'm not really sure why you'd ever want to know that.... The e-Berlingo has a range of up to 170 miles and supports up to 100kW rapid (DC) charging, with an 80% re-charge taking less than 30 minutes. A full charge from a 7.4 kW single-phase wallbox takes 7.5 hours thanks to the 7.4kW on-board charger. Enough on powertrain efficiency. What about other financial considerations? Well, regular service intervals come round every 16,000 miles or 12 months, depending on which comes sooner. If you engage in what Citroen calls 'Arduous' conditions of use, then you'll need a servicing visit every 10,000 miles or every year. The bottom line is that most owners will need to budget around an annual dealership appointment; there are plenty of Citroen outlets to choose from, so you should never be too far from one. So you can budget ahead, the French maker offers its 'Citroen Maintenance' scheme that lets you pay either a one-off fee or monthly instalments to cover the cost of the routine upkeep of your car for as long as three years and 35,000 miles.

Summary

Older Citroen Berlingo Multispace models tended to be enormously endearing. Like a faithful family hound, your people-carrying Berlingo wouldn't be flashy and could be a little agricultural in its manners but would never let you down. This third generation design though, sets out to add a little pedigree to the breed and in doing so, changes the rules quite significantly, positioning this model as a more desirable family accoutrement. Spend enough on this current generation version and it can be as stylish, safe and high-tech as you could possibly want. Going that route of course dilutes much of the price advantage that so sets more basic variants apart from more conventional - and arguably more car-like - compact MPVs. But it doesn't negate it completely. Which means that you can specify this Berlingo precisely the way you want and still end up with one of the most affordable five or seven-seat people carriers on the market. And a car that's far more spacious and practical than most of its contemporaries into the bargain. Which of course is why Berlingo sales remain so strong - and why you need to try one of these if you're looking for a good value set of family wheels. You can thank me later.

Key Information

Transmission Type
Transmission TypeManual
Fuel Type
Fuel TypeDiesel
Fuel Efficiency
Fuel Efficiency64.20mpg
Emissions
Emissions142.00g/km
Top Speed
Top Speed116mph

Full Details

Standard Equipment

Driver Convenience

  • 8" touch screen
  • Bluetooth telephone facility
  • Citroen connect box emergency assist system
  • CONNECT Navigation
  • Head up Display
  • Mirror screen with mirror link, apple carplay and andriod auto
  • Multi function trip computer
  • Start/stop system

Entertainment

  • 6 speakers radio with mp3 compatible
  • DAB Digital radio
  • USB socket
  • Voice recognition for radio, navigation and telephony features

Exterior Features

  • Airbump
  • Automatic triggered rear windscreen wiper in reverse gear
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body coloured front bumper
  • Chrome chevrons front grille
  • Electric front windows
  • Electric heated and power folding door mirrors
  • Electric rear windows
  • Front and rear scuff plates
  • Front fog lights
  • Front windscreen wiper with multi speed setting
  • Gloss black door mirrors
  • Gloss black roof bars
  • Halogen headlights
  • Headlights left on audible warning
  • Heated rear windscreen
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Opening tailgate window with dark tinted rear and side windows
  • Orange fog light surrounds and airbump coloured surround on first capsule
  • Twin sliding side doors
  • Two tier light signature
  • XTR badging

Interior Features

  • 12V socket
  • 2 independent and removable sliding third row seat
  • Cloth upholstery
  • Driver and passenger dashboard mounted cup holders
  • Dual zone automatic climate control
  • Electric power steering with reach and rake adjustable steering column
  • Fixing rings 4 in load compartment
  • Foldable passenger seat with under seat storage and elbow rest
  • Front interior light with 2 reading spotlights and rear interior light with timer
  • Full width front overhead storage shelf
  • Gear shift indicator
  • Height adjustable driver seat with adjustable lumbar support under seat storage and elbow rest
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Resada green interior ambiance
  • Retractable parcel shelf
  • Top box glove compartment
  • Tray tables at the back of the front seats

Packs

  • Visibility pack - Berlingo

Safety

  • 3x Front optimised safety headrests and rear retractable headrests with height adjustable
  • 3x3 point rear seatbelts
  • Adaptive driver and front passenger airbags with passenger airbag deactivation function
  • Anti-locking braking system with electronic braking distribution and emergency braking assistance
  • Child locks on rear doors
  • Driver and front passenger side airbag
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Electronic stability program with hill launch assist
  • Front and rear curtain airbags
  • Front and rear seats seatbelt unfastened on the move audible and visual alert
  • Front three point retractable seatbelts with force limiters
  • Front/rear disc brakes
  • Tyre pressure sensor

Security

  • Automatic door locking when moving off
  • Automatic hazard light activation upon heavy brake application
  • Deadlocks
  • Electronic code immobiliser
  • Keyless entry and start
  • Remote central locking

Technical

  • Diesel particulate filter

Wheels

  • Steel spare wheel

Technical Data

Emissions - ICE

  • CO
    0.09
  • CO2 (g/km)
    113
  • HC
    Not Available
  • HC+NOx
    0.056
  • Noise Level dB(A)
    68
  • NOx
    0.034
  • Particles
    0.0008
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb
    142
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max
    154
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min
    142
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max
    180
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min
    155
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max
    141
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min
    119
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max
    171
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min
    147
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max
    149
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min
    126

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Yes
  • CC
    1499
  • Compression Ratio
    16.4:1
  • Cylinder Layout
    IN-LINE
  • Cylinders
    4
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm)
    75
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
    84.8
  • Engine Code
    DV5RC
  • Engine Layout
    FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Fuel Delivery
    COMMON RAIL
  • Gears
    6 SPEED
  • Number of Valves
    16
  • Transmission
    MANUAL

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Combined (mpg)
    64.2
  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    No
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg)
    67.3
  • EC Urban (mpg)
    58.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max
    5.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min
    5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max
    6.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min
    5.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max
    5.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min
    4.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max
    5.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min
    5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max
    5.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min
    4.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max
    48
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min
    57
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max
    41.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min
    49.5
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max
    54.3
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min
    65.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max
    48.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min
    56.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max
    51.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min
    61.7

General

  • AdBlue
    Yes
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    No
  • Badge Engine CC
    1.5
  • Badge Power
    130
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    BlueHDi 130
  • Coin Series
    Flair XTR
  • Generation Mark
    3
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    14E
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
    12
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
    3
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    91
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    81
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    4
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    58
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    68
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
    60000
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
    3
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs)
    10.7
  • Engine Power - BHP
    129
  • Engine Power - KW
    96
  • Engine Power - RPM
    3750
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    221
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    30.6
  • Engine Torque - NM
    300
  • Engine Torque - RPM
    1750
  • Top Speed
    116

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level
    RDE 2

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Size Front
    205/55 R17
  • Tyre Size Rear
    205/55 R17
  • Tyre Size Spare
    TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style
    SPIN
  • Wheel Type
    17" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    Not Available
  • Height (including roof rails)
    1849
  • Length
    4753
  • Wheelbase
    2975
  • Width
    1921
  • Width (including mirrors)
    2107

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    53
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    2310
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    3500
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    209
  • Max. Loading Weight
    770
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    1250
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    750
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    1540
  • No. of Seats
    7
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    11.5
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Customer Reviews

   
Sean Annells

Sean Annells

"First class service from start to finish. Great communication and very competitive on pricing. Always wanted to help and nothing was to much trouble. Tom always replied to my emails as soon as he could and always went the extra mile to answer my questions. Would definitely recommend Silverstone Fleet to anyone."

"a week ago"

Alun Davies

Alun Davies

"When I started looking to get a new (personal) lease car I contacted a number of leasing companies. Silverstone were by far the most responsive and helpful. They were able to order exactly the model of car I wanted at an excellent price. Every aspect of their service from setting up the lease contract to overseeing the delivery of the car was exemplary. They were attentive and responsive but never 'pushy'. Thouroughly recommended. A big thank you to all the Silverstone team, especially Holly who dealt with all my enquiries quickly and efficiently."

"2 months ago"

Dan Jones

Dan Jones

"Superb service. After having been really let down by another leasing company, Silverstone saved the day. Really professional, quick and pleasant staff. Clear communication and quality service from start to finish. I was so pleased with the service I leased another car from them! Thanks especially to Aby, who was a superstar. I leased a Tesla Model 3 (and now a Fiat 500 too!)"

"3 months ago"

Susan Frampton

Susan Frampton

"I cannot fault the service received from Silverstone Fleet Management, for Start to finish it was seamless. I was regularly kept in the loop with information and what was required from myself to proceed. Holly Palmer who is one of the SFM Sales Support Executive was very prompt in responding to my emails and sending me anything that I needed to complete for the process and acknowledging anything that I returned. Tom Bailey who is one of the SFM Account Managers was very prompt at sending me the original quotes and adapting them to suit my needs and alongside Holly keeping me informed at every point during the start to end process. The whole process took at the most 3 weeks from quoting, ordering to the delivery/collection. although I appreciate this was a stock vehicle and not ordered purposely for my requirements. I had to go and collect the vehicle in the end as there were no available drivers to deliver for the date that I needed the vehicle, but this was not a fault of SFM, who tried their best to get the vehicle to me for the requested date, but had I not needed the vehicle to go on holiday then I would only have had to wait a couple more days for delivery. I would totally recommend SFM to my family and friends and hopefully I will be able to put people/business their way. When my lease is up I would not hesitate to use SFM again and hopefully this review will persuade others to take a leap of faith in SFM as they really do deliver the fantastic service that they advertise"

"in the last week"

Madeline Biggs

Madeline Biggs

"Received my car this week and I cannot recommend this company enough!! They helped me find my perfect car and then helped every step of the way till it's delivery. Even after that they checked to see if I was happy. They went above and beyond and I have already been recommending them to my family and friends. Thanks to all the the team at Silverstone Fleet Management - car leasing in Northampton"

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