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MPVs like the Citroën Berlingo were the Multi Purpose Vehicles before SUVs started getting in on the act, and still provide a solution for almost every practical eventuality.
They're designed to get as many things as possible from one place to the next – much like a van, in fact – so what better way to build one than start with an actual van? That's what Citroën did with the Berlingo (previously the Multispace), providing no-frills, practical motoring for cost-conscious families.
It’s a proven package that combines efficient engines with a bewildering number of interior storage set-ups, and over the years it has generated a number of imitators, including the Ford Tourneo Connect, Peugeot Rifter, Vauxhall Combo Life and VW Caddy Maxi Life. The Rifter and Combo Life, by the way, are basically the same car as the Berlingo but with a different badge.
One downside of previous versions of the Berlingo has been that they could never fully disguise their van origins, either because of how they looked or what they were like to drive. That put them at an immediate disadvantage next to car-based MPVs such as the Ford S-Max and the VW Touran, both of which feel, well, more like a car.
This current version aims to fix that by offering improved refinement and more luxury and safety features. It also comes in two body styles: a shorter one (M) with five seats and a longer one (XL) with seven. Read on through this review to find out whether the current Citroën Berlingo really is easier to live with, and whether it's a practical choice for your family.
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At a glance
|Number of trims||4 see more|
|Number of engines||5 see more|
|Available fuel types Which fuel is best for you?||diesel, petrol, electric|
|MPG range across all versions||43.7 - 57.4|
|Avaliable doors options||5|
|Warranty||3 years / 60000 miles|
|Company car tax at 20% (min/max)||£64 / £1,998|
|Company car tax at 40% (min/max)||£128 / £3,996|
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