Before SUVs took over the world, the multi-purpose market belonged to MPVs like the Citroën Berlingo. Their goal was to shift things from A to B – be that furniture, camping gear or kids. The Berlingo (formerly the Berlingo Multispace) is a van that Citroën took and turned into a family car. It doesn’t boast the school run cachet of its SUV rivals, but for families who aren’t concerned about such things it can offer practical motoring that’s easy on the wallet. The interior can be configured in all kinds of ways to suit your particular needs. It’s a formula copied by the likes of the Peugeot Rifter (essentially the same car, rebadged) and the VW Caddy Max Life. Rivals also include car-based MPVs such as the Volkswagen Touran and Ford S-Max.
Check out the Citroën Berlingo model page to learn more and explore available cars.
What we think about the Citroën Berlingo
The Citroën Berlingo is a highly practical and versatile vehicle, and the best-value versions undercut most of its MPV rivals by a big chunk.
Fiddly infotainment system
Some rivals are more fun to drive
Entry-level diesel is slow
The Berlingo was launched in back in 1996, along with the almost identical Peugeot Partner (latterly the Peugeot Rifter). Facelifts in 2002 and 2006 reoriented the light commercial vehicle as a people carrier, before the slightly larger second generation arrived in 2008. Facelifts to this in 2012 and 2015 overhauled the look. The third generation, launched in 2018, transformed the Berlingo into a true MPV with a quality interior. The latest model is available in M and seven-seater XL body styles. The trims are Feel, Flair and XTR, along with Rip Curl, a tie-in with the wetsuit and sportswear brand.
Our verdict of the Citroen Berlingo
4 / 5 Gumtree rating
The Citroën Berlingo remains one of the most practical and best-value ways to transport a growing family and tackle the challenges of everyday life. It's a case of substance over style, but newer models have brought an added level of comfort.