we did feel it was lacking an extra gear but it was never raucous...
The Berlingo Multispace has been with us in one form or other since 1998 when Citroen first introduced us to the van based MPV. Despite its van like looks and utilitarian appearance the current second generation model is based on the underpinnings of the Citroen C4 which makes it more car like to drive.
At the time of testing the prices for the Berlingo Multispace started at £13,285 OTR for the entry level petrol VT model and rise to £17,905 OTR for the XTR HDi 115. Depending on the trim you have a choice of petrol or diesel engines, on the petrol front there is a 1.6-litre and the diesels comprise of a 1.6-litre with three power outputs 75, 90 or 115 bhp.
It is possible to opt for the £845 family pack which adds two rear seats to the Berlingo to make it a 7-seater – with a 2+3+2 seat configuration.
There is a choice of four trim levels ‘VT’, ‘VTR, ‘Plus Special Edition’ or the top-of-the-range ‘XTR’ edition - core equipment on ‘VT’ models comprise RDS Stereo radio/MP3 compatible CD player, split folding/tiltable and removable rear bench seat, remote control central locking with deadlocks and electric child locks, front electric windows and a multi-function on-board trip computer. The ‘VTR’ gains the Look Pack comprising of LED daytime running lights, front fog lights with chrome surrounds, a chrome front bumper insert and body coloured side rubbing strips, bumpers, door handles and door mirrors. There is a height adjustable driver’s seat, an over windscreen storage shelf, front seat back pockets, an auxiliary socket in the glovebox and a carpeted boot floor.
The ‘Plus Special Edition’ adds the Silver Pack made up of daytime LED running lights, front fog lights with chrome surrounds, body colour side rubbing strips, bumpers, and door mirrors as well as silver on the front and rear lower bumpers, silver door handles plus 16” Tikehau alloy wheels, a leather steering wheel, air conditioning and black paint.
The XTR models come with air conditioning, roof bars, LED daytime running lights, front fog lights with chrome surrounds, a chrome front bumper insert plus black side rubbing strips and silver lower bumper inserts. Plus you get the All-Road Pack with under body/engine protection and raised suspension, a Serenity Pack with electrically heated/folding door mirrors and rear parking sensors and a Child Pack with a child surveillance mirror, side window blinds in row 2 and a central storage console. Other equipment fitted to the XTR includes a Connecting Box (Bluetooth & USB) front armrest and storage drawer under the driver’s seat. The XTR also has front lateral airbags, air conditioning, 16in Tikehau alloy wheels, three individual split/folding/tiltable/removable rear seats, an additional 12V socket, longitudinal roof bars, a split opening tailgate and dark tinted rear side & tailgate windows.
What we tested
We tested the top-of-the-range Citroen Berlingo Multispace XTR HDi 115 which at the time of testing cost £17,905 OTR plus £520 for the Shake Grey Metallic Paint. Our test car was also fitted with eMyWay £750, automatic pack £465, cruise control £165, safety pack £310 and the Modutop at £700 – making a total on the road price of £20,185.
Driving and Performance
We drove the diesel powered 1.6-litre HDi 115 which produces 115 HP at 3,500 rpm / 240 Nm of torque from 1,500 rpm. This equates to a reasonable 0-62 mph time of 12.1 seconds and a top speed of 107 mph.
Where 0-62 in 12.1 seconds does not seem that quick by today’s standards in reality it felt more than adequate, we never felt that it was underpowered even when overtaking. Although with a five-speed manual transmission we did feel it was lacking an extra gear but it was never raucous and it felt relatively refined.
Official NEDC figures record that the 1.6-litre HDi 115 diesel unit is capable of 49.6 mpg on the urban cycle, 58.9 mpg extra urban and 55.4 mpg on the combined cycle with CO2 emissions of 134 g/km.
We were achieving on average 47.1 mpg doing the school run and local trips – on the motorway we able to achieve 61 mpg on a trip of around 100 miles, this data was taken from the car’s trip computer.
We were pleasantly surprised at how well the Berlingo Multispace drove but it does share its platform with the Citroen C4. The ride is very compliant - we live down a rough track and it rode well over the potholes that blight other cars.In summary nothing really to complain about, the Berlingo Multispace may not be the most dynamic of cars or even MPVs but it is decent to drive and will accommodate all but the most demanding of driver’s.