Citroen Berlingo Van Review; Specs, Performance & MPG – Inseparable from the Peugeot Partner since 1996, the Citroën Berlingo also makes its revolution for this third generation. The chevron van is equipped with innovative technologies and a Worker version, more intended for construction site use, which should appeal to a certain part of professionals.
In the light commercial vehicle category, Citroën has made history. Several models have become iconic. Pelt-mêle, enthusiasts remember the Type H, launched in 1948, which opened the way to compact vans. In 1951, the chevron mark presented the first van with a utility version of the 2Hp. The latter will be produced more than 1.2 million copies before the end of its production decided in 1978. The C15, finally, marketed from 1984, still remains a utility widely used in French campaign, in spite of the end of its production in 2006. It is true that this model was produced with 1,181,471 copies and showed an incredible robustness. But today, modernity with this third generation of Berlingo. As a reminder, the first appeared in 1996 and the second in 2008.
Citroen Berlingo Van Dimensions
By observing the technical characteristics, the evolutions appear obvious. Like passenger cars, the measurements of utilities increase from generation to generation. Thus, the Citroen Berlingo Van now displays a length of 4.40 m (M version) and 4.75 m (XL) against 4.38 m and 4.62 m on the previous vintage. Useful growth for utilitarian capacities as Citroën announces, for example, useful volumes of 3.3 to 4.4 m3 on the rise. Similarly, the payload allows a load weighing from 650 kg to 1000 kg. The maximum loading lengths are 1.81 m or 2.16 m. Note that the Extenso system (folded passenger seat), can reach 3.09 m (M) and 3.44 m (XL). The width at the wheel arches (1.23 m) facilitates the transport of two euro pallets. The maximum towable mass goes up, as for it, to 1500 kg. Finally, let us also mention a work on the openings. The engineers explained that they managed to optimize the opening of the sliding side door by 78 mm to now 675 mm. Also on this chapter, the swing doors back panel is divided into 40/60 with 180 ° opening (small side on the right). Practical every day.
The latest addition to the Berlingo Van lies in the possibility of choosing for a thorough cabin. Available in XL version, it offers the possibility to carry five people. Citroën insists also on the comfort of the occupants because the seats rank 2 come from the version VP and the space with the knees is sufficient for the big templates. The screen partition can, moreover, be advanced or retreated in order to opt for the transport of passengers or goods or both.
Citroen Berlingo Van Performance
The offer is identical to the Peugeot Partner and the Opel Combo Cargo. In essence, the 1.2 PureTech block is available in 130 hp S & S coupled to an 8-speed automatic gearbox EAT8 (available in 2019) and 110 hp with stop & start and 6-speed manual gearbox. On the diesel side, the Citroen Berlingo Van benefits from a 1.6 BlueHDi of 75 and 100 hp or a 1.5 BlueHDi of 130 hp. The transmissions are ensured by two mechanical boxes with 5 or 6 gears as well as an automatic EAT8 (only for 130 hp). Finally, to limit pollution, these blocks contain a particulate filter and a post-treatment with Adblue thanks to selective catalytic reduction (SCR). In force since 1 September 2018, the Euro 6d-TEMP and Euro 6b emission standards are therefore complied with.
After the Peugeot Partner Asphalt BlueHDi 100 hp 5-speed manual transmission, fits Citroën Berlingo Van BlueHDi BVM5 … Worker to understand the differences between the “road” and “construction” versions. As a reminder, the latter has been designed to satisfy professionals who regularly visit hard-to-reach sites. It has a raised ground clearance of 30 mm, a protection plate under the engine and especially the Grip Control system with Hill Assist Descent. In parallel, large wheels (690 mm) associated with Mud & Snow tires, a loading floor with plastic coating, a payload increased to 1000 kg and a Pack “loading area” including reinforced lighting, a 12V socket and half-height lashing rings equip the Worker.
At the conclusion of this test, the dynamic balance remains positive because the Berlingo distills a driving license superior to its competitors. Nevertheless, the Worker displays real differences that are not always to his advantage. Because of the equipment (large wheels, raised ground clearance, etc.), the comfort is degraded compared to the Berlingo Driver, typical road. The holes and bumps on the roads are thus more felt. Similarly, the noise of the engine goes back further in the cabin especially during the climbs inevitable when doubling. The fault at a power of 100 hp a little light especially with loading. These hazards can, however, be quickly forgotten so much the Grip Control system is practical. In “sand” mode, the Berlingo has, for example, easily out of situations where his twin driver was struggling or even stuck. Effective.
Citroen Berlingo Van Interior & Features
For the French manufacturer, safety was obviously also a priority during the design. The Berlingo can indeed receive 20 driving aids in series or optional. The Surround Rear Vision (700 € HT) should logically appeal to users. This new system increases visibility by driving and maneuvering. With two cameras in the foot of the passenger mirror and at the top of the rear-hinged doors, the outside environment is visible on a 5-inch screen, installed in place of the interior rearview mirror. To change the view (right side, rear, rearview camera), simply press the end of the commodo to the left of the steering wheel.
Other equipment includes Head-Up Display, Electric Parking Brake, Adaptive Cruise Control, Active Lane Departure Warning, Low Alert, Panel Recognition and Speed Recommendation. , blind spot monitoring system, collision warning, automatic emergency braking, automatic high beam change, static lighting, hill start assist, stability control hitch, etc.
In terms of the passenger compartment finally, the driver will easily find his driving position within particular the ability to adjust the steering wheel in depth and height. Ergonomics is also pretty well thought out. On the presentation side, no i-cockpit, the Berlingo has its own environment to distinguish itself from the Peugeot Partner. A closed storage is, for example, located on the dashboard between the windshield and the steering wheel. In total, Citroën announces 113 l to arrange the interior. Good point elsewhere for the second upper glove box closed in front of the passenger. For the connections, 2 USB sockets, 2 12V sockets, and 1 220V socket have been installed.
Citroen Berlingo Van Equipment
Like the Peugeot Partner, the Citroën Berlingo takes the same organization of its range with different names. From a first level of finishing called Control, professionals can choose a definition of their van according to their needs. Thus to benefit from equipment in number exists the finish Club. Alongside the latter are the Berlingo Worker and Driver.
Entry level Control contains 6 lashing rings, ABS, AFU, ASR, ESP, hill start assist, driver airbag, automatic dipped beam headlamp, solid partition, central locking, under-inflation detection , Magic Wash front wipers (windshield wiper nozzles), power windows, 60/40 swing-open rear doors with 180 ° opening, 12V socket, electric and heated exterior mirrors, fixed passenger seat with large storage under tilting seat, steering wheel adjustable in height and depth.
Club top finish adds rear parking assist, nasturtium, manual air conditioning, automatic windscreen wiper (on BlueHDI 130 EAT8), electric parking brake, Bluetooth hands-free kit with USB plug, cruise control / speed limiter, sliding side door right, fog lights with static intersection lighting, comfort driver seat, adjustable passenger seat, 2HP MP3 audio system, PVC mat in the load cell.
The Worker name carries, in addition to the equipment present in the Club, an Extenso cabin (three seats, foldable backrest and adjustable writing tablet, storage under central seat, retractable side place for long load), nasturtium, automatic windscreen wiper (on BlueHDI 130 EAT8), electric parking brake, Bluetooth hands-free kit with USB plug, cruise control / speed limiter, right sliding side door, fog lights with static intersection lighting, comfort driver seat, adjustable passenger seat, 2HP MP3 audio system , PVC mats in the load cell, building site pack (Grip Control with Hill Assist Descent, 30 mm raised ground clearance, engine protection plate), pack Loading area (reinforced lighting with LED, 4 rings) halfway up,12V socket in the load cell).
Finally, the Berlingo Van Driver, for riders, has a nasturtium, Citroën Connect Box with SOS Pack and assistance included, air conditioning, automatic windscreen wiper, electric parking brake, sequential front electric windows, cruise control / speed limiter , Acoustic package, right sliding side door, fog lights with static intersection lighting, electrically folding exterior mirrors, comfort driver seat (armrest, height and depth adjustment, under seat storage), adjustable passenger seat, Surround Rear Vision, multifunction steering wheel.
Thanks to the list of optional equipment, customers can enjoy a rear glass door with de-icing and windscreen wiper (510 € HT), Surround Rear Vision and blind spot monitoring system (900 € HT), passenger airbag (150 € HT), hitch hook mixed on platinum (550 € HT), tow hitch on platinum (450 € HT), glazed partition (50 € HT), sliding side door left paneled (250 € HT), indicator of overload ( 240 € HT), etc.