Had it 3 yrs. 80k miles. Lot of 1000 mile in 2 day trips. Hugely practical. 3 new alternators in first two years. Very comfy, even after 400 miles with one stop. Good seats. Upright "truck position" seats perfect for the bad back brigade. Easy to get in and out of. V good storage. Good viz. Steers well, Brakes good. Economy excellent. Fast. Brake and accel pedals dangerous, as per reviews of others. Rotten in snow/ice with ordinary tyres. Road/tyre noiseat speed/motorways hellish. Very heavy on tyre wear when using Michelin. Good long distance vehicle. Despite those faults, a wonderful and much loved vehicle. A real soldier.
I have owned my Berlingo for 18 months and covered 11,000 miles.
The engine is slightly disappointing as it is a bit noisy at low speed and lacks torque below 1600 rpm. It feels quiet and refined on the motorway though.
It is well screwed together but there are some annoying rattles from the trim. Economy is around 52 mpg. The seats are comfortable but slightly lacking in thigh support.
Handling is not a strong point - too much body-roll and understeer for B roads, it is best cruising on the motorway.
Security is poor, as there are no deadlocks and the spare wheel is vulnerable to theft.
I have been in the motor trade most of my working life and have sold vans and commercials for 50 years and honistly say that this is one of the best vehicles I have owned Iam not a great believer in over servicing ,This car has only had 2 oil changes in 50,000 miles, I have not spent a penny on repairs except wiper blades and it runs as new, just run from near Hull to Eastborne and back on nearly one tank .Ilike the seats ,,I can make it a van in one minute and it tows a big trailer full of antiques when I want it to
I am surprised that nobody has mentioned the tyre roar or the tendancy of the car to bounce over small ridges when it is unladen with either goods or passengers.
With regards to visibility, I would say this: please be careful! A blind spot exists due to the thickness of the pillars at the front of the car. They are thick enough to totally blank out small cars.
I have only done 8800 miles since new, so perhaps the engine has not run in properly yet, and that may be the reason why the engine sounds harsh if 'extended' when pulling away in first gear.
The body roll does not cause any problems because one just adjusts one's driving techniques accordingly.
The turning circle leaves a lot to be desired. It falls way behind other cars that I have owned.
Referring to the AA site will show that the fuel consumption is not as officially quoted.
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