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Citroën Berlingo Multispace Estate engines, drive and performance

2008 - 2018 (change model)
Performance rating: 3 out of 53.0

Written by David Ross Published: 6 June 2019 Updated: 6 June 2019

All the engines in the Berlingo Multispace range are 1.6-litre units, but there’s a choice of two petrol power outputs and three for the diesel. The entry-level petrol engine produces 90bhp and takes a leisurely 15.3 seconds to reach 62mph from rest, however it feels a little faster on the road with decent pulling power. The 110bhp 1.6-litre is quicker though and there’s no apparent penalty in fuel consumption or carbon dioxide emissions. Diesel will be the favoured choice, but the 75bhp version is slow whichever way you look at it, taking more than 17 seconds to reach 62mph from a standstill and running out of steam at 94mph. The 90bhp diesel is lively enough to keep up with the flow of traffic, while the 110bhp diesel is the most satisfying performer. All models use a five-speed manual gearbox.

Update in 2015

When the facelift in 2015 happened there were five new diesel engines introduced. Ranging between 73 and 118bhp, none are going to set the world on fire but the all offer very low running costs.

Compared with the original version, one of the most noticeable changes in the Berlingo Multispace is a switch to a more sophisticated suspension set-up. It means the car feels more composed during cornering and, although there is a degree of leaning into bends due to the tall profile, it settles quite quickly. It has a longer wheelbase than before and a wider stance on the road, all helping to improve handling and ride – plus the steering is fairly direct.

Overall the Citroen offers good on-road comfort, even on rough surfaces. The tyres grip well in cornering despite the car’s high centre of gravity and the brakes are surprisingly efficient.