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Of the group of quadruplets that it’s a part of, the Citroën Berlingo is probably the best known. In van-with-windows form, its no-nonsense practicality made it a firm family favourite, and the unglazed commercial version uses its adaptable nature to earn money for the many businesses that buy them.
And now, along with its Peugeot e-Partner, Toyota Proace City Electric and Vauxhall Combo-e relatives, you can buy it with electric power.
The Citroen Berlin go has a mixed record on reliability; there are plenty of owners who vouch for its near-bulletproof qualities, but there are also consistent reports of turbo, suspension , wheel alignment and infotainment issues. It is, however, relatively cheap to repair. Read our latest Citroen Berlingo review.
With the Peugeot Partner and Citroen Berlingo using near-identical underpinnings, there’s not much to choose between the two small vans, with our testers rating them both four stars out of five. However, the Peugeot interior is bespoke and marginally smarter and better integrated. For that reason we rate it fractionally more highly.
The Citroen Berlingo and Peugeot Partner are almost identical. Mechanically, the two are the same, but they have different exterior and interior styling. The interior of the Peugeot in particular gives it a slight edge in our tester’s estimation, which you can read about in our Peugeot Partner review.
The Citroen Berlingo is both a car and van. The Berlingo van is regarded as decent, albeit a bit short of the very best (the Renault Kangoo won our Best Small Van award). The passenger-carrying version of the Berlingo gets maximum five stars, praised for its space and value.
Overall, the Citroen Berlingo has a decent reliability record, if not class-leading. However, as always, reliability is directly linked to how a van is driven and maintained, which is why it’s always critical to check the service history and mileage. The Berlingo’s warranty is three years/100,000 miles. Read more on Citroen Berlingo running costs.
Yes. The all-electric Citroen e-Berlingo is on sale now with a claimed range of up to 171 miles. However, we’d caution that’s more likely to be around 130-140 miles in the real world. We rate the van highly, our testers giving it four stars out of five. Read the Citroen e-Berlingo review.