We have had this deisel car for 3 years and loved it!.........we even moved home in it! No problems with reliability.Only thing was the stupid floor pockets broke. Would I have another one..............YES!..........OH,and a good 50mpg.
I had a Berlingo SX 1.6 HDi 90 for 9 days as a hire car in Spain, and found it to be a fantastic car. Model was a Spanish spec SX, which I guess is the base model as it didn't have 3 seperate seats in the back, but was still very well equipped. The cons: It's huge, so on tight and twisty Spanish roads meant it did take some getting used to. You have to climb into the car, and the rear door openings felt too small. You need to leave a lot of room to open the back doors (split side hinged on ours). There's nothing to hold luggage in place in the boot, and the cubby holes aren't ideally sized. The pillars severely obstruct all round vision. Pros: Although it's based on the C4 Picasso it felt much better to drive than the C4 Grand Picasso I hired 3 years ago! The engine felt as powerful as the 2 litre in the Picasso, but much more economical. High driving position gave very good view, although this was impeded by the pillars. There was no bare metal inside, just like a car, with no hint of being a van. Very comfortable. Although it was a base model it came with Ipod connection that worked brilliantly. It also had cruise control and an adjustable speed limiter- once set the car would not exceed the limit. An excellent addition with lower speed limits in Spain now, and the Police on a bonus scheme with quotas for catching speeders (officially to save fuel- but with Spains economy in crisis more like a stealth tax!). Overall, I loved it- as did my 2 young girls!
I am not keen on French engineering and purchased a Citroen because most of the self employed contractors that I know either have a Dispatch or a Berlingo. My base 1.6 75bhp multispace was offered at a pre-registered cost of £9250 with 10 miles on the clock. I have to say that I think it's brilliant in every way. Comfortable and certainly not underpowered. The plastics look good to me and the paint work looks superior to most - especially the Japanese. Economy is over 45mpg when fully laden. I like the dash layout and how the rear wiper works automatically when reverse gear us selected. Even an mp3 player and a useful information display. I particularly like the ride. It is an absolute bargain! I never even asked for a test drive and just asked the dealer if he could drop the car to me. Citroen also dealt with my insurance. I have no complaints what so ever and just enjoy driving the car! I have no idea why I have to record my mpg as being 50% of the official figure!
After almost two years ownership I can confidently say this is the most practical and enjoyable car I have owned in 35 years of motoring, I cannot think of any current car I would prefer to own that would not cost at leat 3 times as much to purchase, and even then I'm not sure I would change.
The comfort and space is really great and although a few other van derivatives may offer the space, they still look very van like, while the Berlingo, especially in XTR Guise looks more Sports Utility than the others.
I have found the loading bay to be vast, and makes other cars like a Mercedes Estate look puny in comparison.
I often use the interior roof bars to carry light loads and some of my friends have commented that they would find them brilliant for transporting the wing sections of their radio controlled planes.
I have a towbar fitted to the Berlingo andit tows very well indeed and with stability.
The 90BHP Diesel is quite powerful enough for any driving circumstances I have encountered, easily powering a fully laden car up steep motorway gradients in top gear easily maintaining the legal limit and more. In fact, I have to be very careful on the open Road to keep within speedlimits as the car easily cruises at 80mph plus.
I have no doubt that at the end of three years this will be replaced with another Berlingo. Reliability and service have also been faultless and bits don't fall off either (unlike previous Citroens I have owned.
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