MPV was the original ‘vehicle for every occasion’ before the SUV started getting in on the act. These cars have the answer for almost every eventuality but, essentially, they are designed to get as much stuff from one place to the next, much like a van. So what better place to start building an MPV than with an actual van? This is where the Citroën Berlingo comes in, based as it is on the Berlingo Van.
For years, the Berlingo (previously Berlingo Multispace) has given no-frills, practical motoring to cost-conscious families, all wrapped up in a package with efficient engines and a bewildering number of interior storage options in which to lose personal belongings. And, in its wake, the Berlingo spawned a number of imitators, such as the Ford Tourneo Connect, Peugeot Rifter and Volkswagen Caddy Maxi Life.
The downside to the Berlingo was that it couldn’t fully disguise its van origins, both in terms of the way it looked and the way it drove. Plus, there are car-based MPVs such as the Ford S-Max and the award-winning Volkswagen Touran that feel more conventional to drive.
However, this latest version aims to rectify that by offering a greater number of luxury and safety features, along with improved refinement. Read on to see what the Berlingo is like to live with and, remember, you could save thousands using our New Car Buying site.