Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0
  • Good rear passenger space, even in third row
  • Huge boot
  • Sliding rear doors improve accessibility

As a practical family car, the Citroen Berlingo takes some beating, with plenty of room for five adults in the shorter M model and seven in the XL. The high roof provides far more headroom than anyone could ever need, and because it’s also quite wide, there’s lots of space between you and your passenger. Those in the second row again have loads of headroom, with plenty of legroom for six-footers. You really appreciate the Berlingo’s girth here, with enough room for three adults to next to each other more comfortably than regular estate of SUV rivals.

Unsurprisingly the almost identical Peugeot Rifter and Vauxhall Combo Life are a match, while other van-based MPVs such as the Ford Tourneo Connect and Volkswagen Caddy Life offer similarly generous proportions. If you’re more interested in the seven-seat XL, those at the very back will find plenty of room for their heads and a surprising amount of legroom, enough for an adult to have ample space albeit with a fairly shallow footwell pushing your knees higher than those up front.

Boot space and storage

Up to the window-line, the shorter Berlingo M will swallow a massive 775 litres, extending to 3,500 litres with the seats folded. For the XL those numbers are an even more impressive 1,050-4,000 litres. That’s more space than many far larger estates and SUVs, making it incredibly useful.

The contents of the boot are covered by an easily removed semi-rigid parcel shelf on M models, which can also be installed at a lower height. XL models get a retractable fabric one instead. Accessing the loadspace can be via a large top-hinged tailgate, or an optional separate opening glass screen where there’s less available space.

Opt for the seven-seater Berlingos and the rear-most seats can be folded forwards or removed completely (something that requires a fair bit of muscle), while the middle-row ones have a Magic Flat function allowing them to fold forwards and effectively become an extension of the boot floor. All three can fold individually, and remotely from the boot.

Long loads can be accommodated by a forward-folding front passenger seat, while the dashboard has been reinforced to help support heavy objects that might be rested upon it. There’s plenty of oddment storage dotted around the interior, although there’s not quite enough within easy reach of the driver.

Is it easy to park?

All Berlingos come with rear parking sensors as standard, with a reversing camera optional. Front sensors are only available as part of a pack on XTR models that includes a rear camera and blindspot monitoring. M models are relatively compact in terms of length, although it is quite wide. XL models are far trickier to find spaces for as they’re much longer.

Safety

  • Four-star crash-test rating by Euro NCAP
  • Credentials excellent on paper
  • Rivals don’t have such an array of tech

While the Citroen Berlingo’s four-star Euro NCAP crash test score might not be headlne-grabbing, it’s a step up from its predecessor’s three-star rating.

Not only is it less likely to injure you in an accident, it’s less likely to have one in the first place. Automatic emergency braking, lane assist and electronic stability control are all standard, although blind spot monitoring is optional and only as part of a pack on top XTR models.

Available safety equipment includes:

  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Adaptive headlamps
  • Advanced Grip Control
  • Autonomous emergency braking
  • Blindspot monitoring
  • Coffee break alert
  • Colour head-up display
  • Cornering lamps
  • Driver attention alert
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Flankguard – sensors monitor the sides of the Berlingo for obstacles
  • Hill-start assist
  • Keyless entry and starting
  • Lane-keeping assist
  • Post-collision braking
  • Reversing camera with top-down view
  • Self-parking function
  • Traffic sign recognition
  • Trailer stability control

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Citroën Berlingo MPV.

  • ABS
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Remote locking
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Telephone

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Electric mirrors
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Steel wheels
  • Traction control

Feel equipment

Feel standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Electric mirrors
  • Steel wheels
Feel optional equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Traction control

Flair equipment

Flair standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Roof rails
Flair optional equipment
  • Electric mirrors
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Sat Nav
  • Traction control

Flair XTR equipment

Flair XTR standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Alloy wheels
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
Flair XTR optional equipment
  • Full size spare wheel

Rip Curl equipment

Rip Curl standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Alloy wheels
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Roof rails
Rip Curl optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Electric mirrors
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Sat Nav
  • Steel wheels
  • Traction control

Euro NCAP Rating – 4 stars

The Citroën Berlingo MPV was tested by Euro NCAP in 2018 and was awarded a 4 star overall rating. This overall rating is calculated from the following individual ratings:

4 star rating
Test 2018
Individual safety ratings
Adult Occupant: 91%
Child Occupant: 81%
Vulnerable Road Users: 58%
Safety Assist: 68%

Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The safety ratings are determined from a series of vehicle tests, designed and carried out by Euro NCAP. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.