Citroen's Berlingo Multispace - A Fresh New Look | Part Four

Looks (And The Character To Go With It!)

Outside, its appearance has achieved a more subtle yet robust appearance, giving it the true look of a leisure vehicle with its commanding presence on the road, reinforced by a new deep grille and wraparound bumpers, distinctive chrome chevrons and large clear-lens headlamps embedded in the redesigned, more horizontal, ribbed bonnet.

Its wider wings underpin this rugged new look, whilst the body colour coded side rubbing strips and door mirror housings combine with optional styling touches such as front fog lamps and the availability of 15-inch alloy wheels to give it a more stylish appearance.

Customers choosing the Modutop roof option gain five separate ‘mini-sunroofs’, while the roof bars and parallel ribs ensure that it neatly complements the car’s overall look. Alternatively buyers can choose the world’s largest electrically operated cloth sunroof, perfect for flooding the cabin with light on sunny days.

Inside Story

Once inside the New Look Berlingo Multispace, any preconceptions that the vehicle is utilitarian in its approach to creature comforts are left behind. Bigger, brighter and taller than the average car, Citroen’s latest model has now become even more comfortable, more refined and better equipped.

The interior boasts a new, hard-wearing, two-tone, colour coded seat upholstery which coordinates with the seatbelts, door trim, carpets and front folding armrests.

A completely redesigned dashboard features smart, stylish lines framing the funky C3-style air vents, colour coded instrument dials and centrally-located digital display screen. Controls for the heating, electric windows and central locking and the steering wheel mounted stereo controls are all ergonomically designed.

Storage areas abound with the upper part of the dashboard containing two open, recessed areas, one just the right size for a mobile phone. The central console also provides a home for a variety of objects and includes a cigarette lighter, an additional 12 volt socket and three recesses that can be used to hold drinks cans or the movable ashtray.

All models offer at least 20 different stowage areas, including an overhead shelf at the front, bins in the front and rear doors, elasticated nets above the side doors, pockets on the backs of the front seats and under floor storage at the rear.

Spacious & Comfortable

Thanks to its class-leading design and clever use of space, the New Look Berlingo Multispace is able to offer five generous and slightly elevated seats, a capacious boot, numerous storage compartments and more head and elbow room than most executive cars.

A king-of-the-road style seating position, together with a tall door aperture, helps make getting in and out of the New Look Multispace exceptionally easy, while access to the rear seats is facilitated by the twin sliding side doors.

The 60/40 split rear bench seat can accommodate three adults in comfort, with more elbow room than many executive cars. To maximise carrying capacity, it can be easily folded forward against the back of the front seats to provide a large flat load area.

Access to the boot is via a vast tailgate, which can be opened high enough for a six-foot tall individual to load the vehicle without crouching. And with the seat and retractable luggage cover in place, the Multispace offers 624 litres of boot space.

Withdraw the luggage cover and the useable space soars to 1,450 litres if loaded to the roof. Tip the rear seat forward and the capacity is expanded to a staggering volume of 2,800 litres – enough for two mountain bikes, upright.

And if all that wasn’t enough, Citroen’s innovative Modutop roof option provides an extra 100 litres of space. This unique aircraft-style overhead storage system houses a wide range of additional functions such as air vents above the rear seats, extra lighting, an overhead cassette or CD holder, a 12 volt socket and, of course several extra storage compartments.

On top of this, the Modutop is equipped with individual tinted sunroof panels for each occupant as well as hugely practical roof bars that, unusually, can be unscrewed and pivoted to fit either lengthways and crosswise – the Allen key required is even clipped neatly away inside the Modutop!

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Published 21 November 2002 Melanie Carter
 
 

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