Citroen Berlingo 2008 Model Review

Citroen Berlingo 2008 Model

Citroen Berlingo 2008 Model

Bigger is Better

Compared to the previous model, the current Citroen Berlingo is larger and has many more car-like creature comforts, safety and security standards.  In addition there are some nifty gadgets, like the Extenso front seat to help expand the load area for those one-off jobs that require those extra few inches. With this option, the Citroen Berlingo can carry loads of 3 metres long or up to three people.

The Citroen Berlingo comes in two trim levels, a choice of three engines and two vehicle lengths.  Two versions (L1 and L2) of the Citroen Berlingo are available in the UK.  Both models have the same wheelbase, but the L2 version simply has a larger rear overhang.  Load capacities are 3.3cu.m for the L1 and 3.7cu.m for the L2.  Payloads have also increased compared to the original version from a choice of 600kg or 800kg of the original Citroen Berlingo to a choice of 625 or 850kg payload capacities, while the L2 version has a 750kg payload.

Either version – L1 or L2 can carry two ISO pallets and it can be loaded via no, one or two side loading doors – plus various options for tailgates, doors and glazing at the rear.

Avoiding the need for aftermarket lining kits, the Citroen Berlingo's load compartment is lined to the middle rail and has a handy12V socket and a rechargeable torch, which doubles as the load compartment light or a portable light and a ladder frame bulkhead behind the driver.

The buyer can choose from a range of bulkhead options including a removable half height steel bulkhead, which can be specified with or without a removable panel.

The Citroen Berlingo looks good, but remains practical with plenty of glass all round for good visibility and wide doors to get people and goods in and out. Headlights up in the air mean that everyday damage to them can be prevented, whilst generous bumpers keep the van looking good.

Interior Upgrades

The Citroen Berlingo has acres of storage space. A passenger side glove compartment, another one behind the steering wheel, plus over-windscreen storage, large door pockets, a central console and extra driver’s seat storage give a total space of up to 61 litres – enough room for your bottle of water, Starbucks coffee and some delivery paperwork – plus some extra for a large Great Dane.

Citroen have spent some extra money on the dashboard and controls, which has a better quality feel and with all the controls, including the cool dashboard-mounted gear lever within easy reach.

In-cabin noise has been kept to a minimum with protection from the engine increased plus the body pan has been specially coated to reduce road noise and protect the vehicle body structure from stone chips. In addition, the new Citroen Berlingo interior has a load of noise-deadening materials on the dash, roof and elsewhere inside the cabin.

Standard equipment on all Citroen Berlingos includes a trip computer, central locking, electric front windows and internally adjustable door mirrors. The Citroen Berlingo LX models get extra kit with remote central locking, electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors and an external temperature sensor. Standard audio equipment includes a stereo radio/CD player on all models.

You can load your Citroen Berlingo up with extras, from a Bluetooth hands-free phone kit, rear parking sensors, automatic rain sensitive wipers, automatic actuation of headlights to a heat-reflecting windscreen. Additional safety features include passenger, side and lateral airbags, tyre pressure sensors, ESP and ASR.

Handling and Ride

The Citroen Berlingo’s suspension package gives it an impressive ride and handling feel. With MacPherson-type struts at the front, the addition of an anti-roll bar also helps out.

All new Citroen Berlingo models have ventilated front discs, normally seen on performance cars plus ABS fitted as standard.

The Engines

The Citroen Berlingo comes with a choice of three engines: a new 1.6i petrol engine and two 1.6HDi diesels. All three engines have five speed gearboxes. The petrol new unit hits peak power of 90hp at 5,500rpm. Citroen’s proven 1.6HDi engine is offered in both 75hp and 90hp formats.

The 1.6HDi engine can run on up to 30 per cent biodiesel without modification or loss of warranty. Servicing periods are extended to 12,500 miles or two year service intervals, while the petrol engine has 20,000 miles or two-year service intervals. Other maintenance reducing features of new Citroen Berlingo include a new, extended life cam belt for the 1.6HDi engine, which only requires changing every 150,000 miles or 10 years.

Citroen Berlingo 1.6i Dual Fuel van

Citroen have more recently launched a dual fuel LPG conversion of their Citroen Berlingo van as a part of the Ready to Run range. The new Nicholson McLaren Engine has already been proven in thousands of Nemo and Citroen Berlingo First Dual Fuel vans. The Citroen Berlingo conversion has a 59-litre LPG tank where the spare wheel usually lives, with the LPG filler cap next to the petrol cap. The vans perform as well as the petrol engined vehicle.

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