the side doors there is not a powered option, so some may find it a little heavy...
What's It Like to Live With
It is fairly easy to get into the front seats, the seat height is higher than a normal car but the roof line is high and the sills are low. One thing you might miss is the lack of grab rails to help you in or out – a serious omission in our opinion. Access to the rear seats is via two sliding doors, which manually open there are no powered options.
Getting into the ideal driving position is easy with a height adjustable driver’s seat and a steering wheel that is adjustable for height and reach. Some driver’s may find that they have to reach for the gear lever or some of the other controls such as the electric mirror adjustment.
We did not like the steering wheel which for some reason is not leather, despite the lower spec ‘plus’ model being leather – it felt too hard.
All round vision is good – but it is hampered by a very thick ‘B’ pillar which blocks over the shoulder vision which is not particularly good when pulling out of road junctions. The adjustment of the mirrors is not that good either but this is very dependent on your seating position/height etc.
It is reasonably easy to park even though it is quite long and being an XTR model it has rear parking sensors as standard.
Where the Berlingo Multispace really excels is that it can accommodate an awful lot of cargo, in all shapes and sizes turning it into a mini-van. Even with the five-seats in place it can easily carry 675 litres of luggage which compares to the Skoda Yeti’s 416 litres – with the rear seats removed this increases to a useable 3000 litres (1580 litres Yeti). The boot lip is low and there is easy access through the wide tailgate. The three rear seats can be folded down independently and can be removed to give you a completely flat floor – the front passenger seat can fold forward to increase the load space. On the ‘XTR’ model there are also longitude roof bars, should you wish to add a top box and all models have underfloor storage compartments in the second row.
The tailgate is heavy and like the side doors there is not a powered option, so some may find it a little heavy to operate and it does open fairly wide so you need watch where you park. It does have a split glass top section which is great for loading the Berlingo and keeping your dog’s safely inside.
There are front electric windows but the rear sliding doors are fitted with pop-out windows, which parents do not have any control over but you do benefit from electronic child locks, which means you can control when a child can open the door remotely. Although caution needs to be shown as the doors are quite heavy and could slide shut on a small child. There are folding aircraft tables on the back of the front seats and the middle seat folds flat to reveal a picnic table between the two outer rear seats.
Being an XTR edition there were some nice touches like power fold in mirrors, auto wipers and auto on follow me home headlights with cornering function – these are halogen rather than xenon but you do get some nifty LED daytime running lights on this model. There is dual-zone climate control to stop you fighting over the ideal interior temperature.
Plus our test car was fitted with the optional(£700 option) which comprises of an airline inspired overhead locker with a 50-litre storage box and shelving with additional air vents with perfume dispenser.