The 2023 Citroen Berlingo is a series of multi-purpose vehicles produced by Peugeot Partner, PSA Group, and later Stellantis. The 2023 Citroen Berlingo provides a huge amount of space for a very affordable, very comfortable, and quiet ride. The larger XL version is similarly good, and the widest seven-seater is on sale today. Citroen Berlingo has a very aggressive price for a car of this size, buyers want to maximize the amount of space they get for their money.
Fuel and emissions figures are also among the best in class, so you win there too. All in all, the Berlingo is a cost-effective family car. The Berlingo competes against the likes of the Fiat Doblo Passenger and Volkswagen Caddy Life, but its closest rivals come from the PSA brand: Berlingo, Peugeot Rifter, and Vauxhall Combo Life – minor cosmetic differences aside, are nearly identical.
2023 Citroen Berlingo : Interior
Inside, the design and build quality has made a significant leap over the previous generation Berlingo, but those accustomed to the squid plastics and damped keys of more traditional cars may still find it a bit agricultural. However, while the plastics are tough, they feel solid. The system itself looks smart enough, but some of the buttons on the screen are rather small and useless. Onboard navigation comes standard on Flair XTR models only but is optional on the Feel and Flair, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard across the entire range. Smartphone functionality is further enhanced with an optional wireless charging plate. Sound quality from the six-speaker hi-fi is decent, but music-crazy MPV/SUV receivers will be better served by the likes of the optional Canton system found in the Skoda Karoq.
Like the other MPVs are designed with practicality at the forefront, but few implement this idea as well as the Berlingo. In every interior dimension, the Berlingo is huge: the head, leg, and shoulder rooms are huge, and there’s plenty of room up to the second row to fit three child seats across its width. The front overhang and bumper are shorter than on the old Berlingo, which improves forward visibility. Combined with the elevated driving position, it means drivers have a great view of the road ahead.
2023 Citroen Berlingo : Engine
The 2023 Citroen Berlingo options a 1.2-liter petrol with 108bhp or 128bhp and a 1.5-liter diesel option in one of two power outputs: 99bhp and 128bhp. The most powerful diesel engine offers a useful torque of 300 Nm and is useful when transporting full passenger and their luggage. The top-of-the-line diesel accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 11 seconds and to a top speed of 114 km/h. The entry-level diesel is a bit slower on paper, as Citroen says this version has a 0-100 km/h acceleration time of 12.7 seconds. The 108bhp petrol model’s 0-62mph time of 11.5 seconds translates into good real-world performance, while linear power delivery makes the Berlingo easy to control at low speeds. Citroen isn’t giving performance figures for the 128bhp petrol, but we expect this version to be slightly faster, as its Peugeot Rifter sister car of the same power has a claimed 0-62mph time of 10.9 seconds.
2023 Citroen Berlingo : Safety
The Berlingo comes with many safety features such as automatic emergency braking (AEB), lane-keeping assist, and traffic sign recognition. It missed its five-star Euro NCAP rating by getting four out of five stars, as the AEB system was not considered particularly effective. The 2023 Citroen Berlingo safety front, automatic emergency city braking, active lane-keeping assist, and speed limit recognition are included, but it’s a shame that an alarm is optional on the entire Berlingo.