The Berlingo may look alarmingly like a van, but thankfully it doesn’t drive like one.
The single petrol engine on offer here is fine for keeping up with the traffic, but only if you don’t have anything like a full load in the vehicle. If you regularly carry a lot of weight in your Berlingo, you’ll want to leave the VT95 petrol engine alone and go for one of the diesels.
There's a good choice of engines for the Berlingo, but go for diesel if you load-up your vehicle regularly
The three diesel engines are reasonably refined and are powerful enough to keep up with the traffic without having to mercilessly thrash the Citroen. The most powerful 115 HDi will (obviously) give the best performance and is pretty economical too. However, the 75 HDi and 95 HDi also do a fine job and won’t leave you regretting buying either of them.
The driving experience is good with little wind noise and decent handling, but its trump card on the road is how graceful it goes over poor road surfaces. The Berlingo isn’t quite as good as Citroens of old but it’s not far off. The tall stance, upright driving position and acres of glass allow huge amounts of visibility delivering a commanding view of the road.
It resists roll reasonably well and grips hard no matter how loaded the car is, but it is always going to be a big ask to eliminate body roll with a vehicle this tall unless you spend an awful lot of money.