The Citroen Berlingo Multispace started out as a wonderfully simple and straightforward idea.
Essentially, it was a small van with windows and an extra row of seats. Cheap, functional and, being a Citroen, pretty comfortable, it ticked most of the boxes that mattered for a family on a budget. With the second generation, the ‘lifestyle’ design evolution began, distancing the Multispace from its Berlingo commercial origins. The most recent facelift takes things a stage further and has added the option of the frugal e-HDi diesel we’ve been testing here.
This powerplant features what Citroen likes to call a ‘micro-hybrid’ system. We’re not talking here of a Prius-like hybrid. Instead, the terminology refers to a 5V super capacitor which stores electric power and, along with a reversible alternator, helps the car’s regular battery to restart the engine when the standard Stop/Start system cuts it when not needed in urban traffic or at the lights.
Along with regenerative braking, that helps this car achieve fuel savings of up to 10%, leading to figures of 58.4mpg on the combined cycle and 125g/km of CO2. But bear in mind that this extra cash does also buy you the EGS automatic gearbox that’ll make city driving that much easier.
As before, the Berlingo Multispace can be specified with up to seven independent seats though, in basic form, you get a three-person rear bench seat which can be folded (two thirds - one third), or removed completely. A potential load space of 3000 litres means it could swallow four washing machines.
FACTS AT A GLANCE
CAR: Citroën Berlingo Multispace 1.6 e-HDi 90
PRICES: £15,295-£16,545 - on the road
INSURANCE GROUP: 9
CO2 EMISSIONS: 125g/km
PERFORMANCE: 0-60 14.3s / Max Speed 100mph
FUEL CONSUMPTION: (combined) 58.4mpg
STANDARD SAFETY FEATURES: ABS, ESP, EBD, twin front side and curtain airbags
WILL IT FIT IN YOUR GARAGE?: length/width/height 4380/1810/1801mm