Citroen Berlingo Electric review

Category: Electric Van

Section: Performance & drive

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Performance & drive

What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is

With its batteries positioned beneath the floor, the Berlingo Electric has a lot of evenly distributed, low-down weight. That means it feels really sharp to drive, even considering that it's based on the previous-generation Berlingo, which dates back to 2008. 

The newer diesel-powered Berlingo is without doubt a much better vehicle all round, but the Berlingo Electric doesn't suffer as much from the overly soft suspension and jelly-like body control of the older model. 

The 49kW motor won’t set your world on fire, but it's lively enough to get you places – helped by the absence of gears. In fact, the Berlingo Electric is slightly more powerful than its main rival, the Kangoo ZE, although the Berlingo Electric doesn’t have as much range as the Renault.

To make matters worse, you're unlikely to achieve anything close to the official figure of 106 miles; around 80 miles between charges is a more realistic figure. Rapid charging is included as standard, though, so a brief top-up of around 30 minutes will take the battery up to around 80%. If you’re using a standard 3kW household charger, replenishing the batteries will take eight to 10 hours.

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