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

Easy To Drive

Endowed with new variable assistance power steering, an elevated, king-of-the-road seating position, excellent all-round vision and a height adjustable steering wheel, the New Look Berlingo Multispace is easy to drive and effortless to manoeuvre at all speeds.

For improved handling and road holding the more powerful models possess a wider track and are equipped with 15" wheels as standard, whilst all models feature independent suspension with front and rear anti-roll bars and low-profile trailing arms with near horizontal shock absorbers to minimise intrusion into the boot.

The braking system has also been redefined with large ventilated discs fitted at the front, complemented by the optional ABS with EBD.

An acoustically engineered floorpan is indicative of the attention paid to minimising in-cabin engine and road noise and together with comprehensive sound deadening, gives the New Look Berlingo Multispace a quiet and more refined feel on the move.

Power Rangers

A choice of four engines – two petrol and two diesel units – coupled to a five speed manual gearbox, provide an attractive balance of power, performance and economy for the New Look Berlingo Multispace range.

Citroen’s 110hp 1.6i 16V petrol powerplant can accelerate the new model to a top speed of 107 mph via a 0-62 mph time of just over 11 seconds. Producing a maximum torque of 108 lb ft at 4,000 rpm this model can still clock up 45 miles for every gallon on a motorway journey while returning a CO2 figure of 175 g/km.

With a top speed of 94 mph the sprightly 1.4i New Look Berlingo Multispace develops 75hp at 5,500 rpm and produces a maximum torque of 89 lb ft at 3,400 rpm. Yet this model returns CO2 emissions of 176 g/km and close on 40 mpg on the government combined measure.

Diesel connoisseurs can choose the refined 90hp 2.0HDi version, capable of producing up to 151 lb ft of torque at just a little over tick-over speed. Sixty-two miles per hour is reached in around 13 seconds on the way to a top speed of 99 mph. But the best bit is that this willing engine can stretch a gallon of fuel for almost 58 miles in out of town driving while emitting just 152 g/km of CO2. The other diesel option is the ever popular, conventionally aspirated 71hp 1.9D model.

Helping to keep running costs down, the petrol and HDi diesel versions have service intervals of 12,500 miles whilst the 1.9D model requires servicing every 10,000 miles.

Published 21 November 2002 Melanie Carter
 
 

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