Check out the new 3rd-gen Citroen Berlingo! A stalwart of the small van world since 1996, over 1.5 million Citroen Berlingo have been built and it's now available in its third-generation version. But is it the new dawn for the Berlingo range that Citroen is promising? Vanarama's Tom Roberts reports.
I'm not joking when I say that the new Citroen Berlingo Van marks a huge leap forward in terms of styling and equipment. It's incredibly robust and unmistakably Citroen, even while gaining some impressive extra comfort and storage solutions.
Couple that with all the cutting-edge tech you'd ever need – including 20 driver assistance systems and 4 connectivity options – and the new BlueHDi 1.5 diesel, the PureTech 1.2 petrol and the EAT8 automatic gearbox, and the Berlingo looks like a great choice to lease (available NOW).
If I'm not mistaken, it's a little bigger than previous versions too. So, good start but let's dig deeper – after you've watched our exclusive review...
Not just a van…now geared to professions
First thing's first, the new Berlingo is available in two sizes, M and XL – an M version measures 4.40m long with a 2.78m wheelbase and an XL version measures 4.75 m long with a 2.97m wheelbase. The XL model is very well proportioned in terms of wheelbase and rear overhang designed to make everyday manoeuvring relatively easy. Citroen have even created two design philosophies (seriously) around two core potential users – Worker and Driver.
Worker: This version targets professionals who regularly transport equipment and workers. It features three front seats, raised ground clearance (+30 mm), a protective plate under the engine and enhanced traction through Grip Control with Hill Assist Descent. This model features large wheels (690mm) with Mud & Snow tyres, a plastic-covered floor, extra payload of up to 1,000 kg and a loading pack which includes enhanced lighting in the load area, 12V power socket and mid-height load securing rings.
Driver: This version is designed for professionals making long trips or numerous deliveries in urban areas. For day-to-day efficiency, this version packs ride comfort, acoustics and driver assistance systems. It is available with an acoustic pack, dual zone air conditioning, seats with lumbar adjustment, a rain and light sensor, a cruise control/speed limiter system, electric parking brake, connected radio with an 8" screen, and Surround Rear Vision system for reverse parking.
Open her up, whichever way works for you
Citroen want to make the Berlingo the most versatile small van around, which is already clear, but it doesn't stop at "design philosophies" it continues with the doors – available in a variety of configurations, with 0, 1 or 2, sliding side doors…take your pick.
At the rear, the van has standard 60/40 panel rear doors, the smaller door on the right, opening to 180°. It can also be equipped with optional glazed swing doors (60/40, opening 180°) with heated windows and wipers on the left-hand side only, or with a glass tailgate with a heating window and wiper.
My favourite bit, however, is the new model's hinged rear roof flap for transporting long objects such as stepladders or ladders. Tradespeople, such as electricians and painters, can use the hinged rear roof flap to stash something and still drive with the doors closed. It should be pointed out that this option is available only on versions with rear swing doors and the bar supporting the height load has a maximum capacity of 100kg – but that's enough, right?
That driver tech though…
I mentioned the driver assistance tech earlier, and there's so many I'm not sure where to start. Okay, here we go:
- Overload indicator
- Surround rear vision
- Colour head-up display
- Automatic electronic parking brake
- Adaptive Cruise Control
- Activ (sic) Lane Departure Warning system
- Driver Attention Alert
- Coffee Break Alert
- Traffic sign recognition
- Blind Spot Monitoring
- Distance Alert
- Active Safety Brake
- Intelligent Beam Headlights
- Cornering Light Function
- Keyless entry and start
- Hill Start Assist
- Side Park Assist
- Reversing camera
- Trailer Stability Control
- Grip Control with Hill Descent Assist
And that's not even counting the connectivity options for Apple Air Play, MirrorLink, Citroen Connect Nav, SOS and Assistance Pack and wireless smart phone charging.
It's safe to say that THIS version of the Berlingo is without a doubt the most well-equipped I've looked at in a long time - check out the pictures in full HD glory on the latest episode of Loadspace.
The final verdict
It's not available yet, but the new Berlingo is going to make a splash when it's available to lease. It's compact, comfortable, versatile and overflowing with options. Keep an eye on this small van, and we'll keep you updated when it's available from Vanarama.
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