Citroën Berlingo Van long-term test: report 3

The Citroën Berlingo Van promises car-like comfort and efficiency, and the practicality of, well, a van. Our photographer is living with one to see if it delivers...

Citroen Berlingo van front seats

The Citroën Berlingo Van Panel Driver Pro XL BlueHDi 130 EAT8 Run by Max Edleston, photographer

Why it’s here To show just how far modern vans have come

Needs to Serve as both a practical working vehicle and weekend leisure transport

Mileage 6604 List price £24,995 Target Price £24,995 Price as tested £28,085 Official economy 47.7mpg Test economy 44.0mpg 

25 July 2022 – Three's company

When I was deciding which options to add to my Citroën Berlingo, one of the biggest decisions I faced was how to divide up the interior. You see, being a van, there's a multitude of ways of having it set up. I could have had extra seats in the back, for example, or given over some space to racking to help organise my kit.

I chose to have the rear completely empty in order to maximise my storage space, but that left the issue of how to carry passengers. This was solved by going for the Berlingo’s front bench seat, which means I can fit three people, including myself, in the front of the van. 

Citroen Berlingo van front seats

Getting three people onto the Berlingo’s front bench means you all become good friends quite quickly in the confined space, but it’s been useful for short hops around my local area so far.

Citroen Berlingo van load-through bulkhead

Most of the time, though, the middle seat is folded down, and is instead used as an impromptu desk for when the Berlingo needs to become a mobile office. Another benefit of this layout is that, with the outermost seat folded down, I can also access the rear of the van, so I could run extra-long items through the gap from the rear if needed.

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