Citroen Berlingo Multispace Estate 1998-2002

Citroen Berlingo Multispace Estate 1998-2002

Review by it
Monday, May 16, 2016

Pros:

  • Plenty of space to fit 5 adults and space for their luggage
  • It is a civilized car, easy and comfortable to drive
  • Good visibility for drivers

Cons:

  • Petrol engines have to be worked hard when overtaking
  • 1.9-litre diesel engine is noisy
  • The models with a full length sun-roof lash out a dreadful noise while driving

Overview

The Citroen Berlingo Multispace comes with features that make the car extremely versatile as it can be used as both a family car and a workhorse. It is simple and easy to drive this car with plenty of room for 5 adults to fit in comfortably. The seats aren't very supportive though and can get uncomfortable on long journeys. The Berlingo copes well with transporting large items such as furniture, dogs and luggage for 5 people.

Exterior and Interior

The body shape of the Berlingo hints towards it being the descendant of the van. However, the Berlingo isn't just a van that has had a row of seats thrown in the back of it. It is a pleasant space to be in with commanding views of the road ahead, comfortable seats and enough space to fit the whole family in. It is also not unpleasant to look at and has proved popular in many European countries as an alternative to expensive MPV's. The interior also comes with hooks, nets and door pockets at the rear to secure items in. The large front doors and the rear sliding doors enable the occupants the get in and out of the car with ease. The drivers seat doesn't come with a height adjustment feature, but this shouldn't really matter to most people as the height is well measured.

Performance and Economy

The car handles astonishingly well for a vehicle that is descended from the van, however, it does suffer from body roll in the corners due to its height. The power steering redeems it though along with a good view of the road out of all the windows, which help when it comes to parking the Berlingo in tight spaces. The engines are acceptable with the 1.8-litre petrol and 2.0-litre diesel both producing 89bhp. The 1.6-litre petrol manages a respectable 80bhp with is ample to pull the Berlingo around fully loaded. The 1.9-litre diesel also does a fair job but it is extremely noisy so it would be better to go for the 2.0-litre. The 1.9-litre and 2.0-litre diesel engines also perform the best economy wise with both managing just under 50mpg. The 1.8-litre petrol comes in at roughly 43mpg, the 1.6-litre at just under 40mpg and the 1.4-litre with the lowest at 37mpg. When it comes to insurance they fall into categories 4 and 5 so will be cheap to insure.

Like to Drive

The Berlingo is easy to drive and extremely versatile which means it can be used as either a family car or a workhorse. The seats can become uncomfortable for long distance journeys as they lack proper back support but are adequate for every day run of the mill stuff. There is more than enough space available for everyone to sit comfortably with plenty of head and leg room in the back.

Faults and Repairs

The cost for servicing and repairs on the Berlingo are slightly higher than its competitors, but with few faults reported they are unlikely to hurt your wallet too much. However, as it is can be used as a workhorse, when looking at purchasing one make sure to check the rear suspension as well the gears and clutch.