It appears that everyone and their mother wants an SUV, but what ever happened to the humble MPV? Citroen’s Berlingo has always been a refreshingly honest car but to take on the ‘lifestyle’ orientated horde the latest model has been made considerably more fashion conscious.
The new Citroen Berlingo Multispace has been revealed at the Geneva motor show and incorporates the same distinctive design as the C3 and C3 Aircross. No longer just a van with windows, this more attention grabbing Berlingo features the brand’s Airbumps and daytime running lights that sit separate from the headlights.
Like the C3 Aircross, the Berlingo is offered with a vibrant colour pallet and various customisation packs that encompass unique tones and features. The XTR pack comes with some exclusive 17-inch alloy wheels and an interesting shade of green with orange highlights. It’s clear that this third generation car is appealing to a younger market than the outgoing model.
Inside things are a bit more utilitarian, focusing more on function and space than style. Multiple cubby-holes and a large 775-litre boot should be ideal for the family plus a couple of dogs.. Need more space? There’s now an XL version that’s 35cm longer and can seat seven. It’s a versatile space with each individual seat able to be removed and the front passenger seat folded down for lengthy cargo.
Technology has been boosted too with a new 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, colour head up display and wireless phone charging available. Select models can also be had with Grip Control, an advanced traction system that distributes power between the front wheel for maximum grip. You can also get Hill Descent Assist if you really fancy venturing off the beaten track.
The engine range kicks off with a 1.2-litre petrol that can be had with 109bhp or 128bhp. A new 1.5-litre diesel option is offered with 74bhp or the most powerful 128bhp oil burner. Citroen’s latest 8 speed automatic transmission joins manual options on this Berlingo. Economy figures have yet to be published but we’d expect the BlueHDi engines to be particularly frugal.
You can place you order for the new Berlingo in the second half of 2018.