Citroën’s second-best-seller worldwide has been revealed ahead of the Geneva motor show, with new engines and a new front-end platform

The 2018 Citroën Berlingo Multispace, on show in Geneva, is the brand's most practical variant yet.

For the first time, the van-based-MPV gets an extended wheelbase version among the comprehensive updates, as well as new front-end underpinnings and a front end inspired by the brand’s SUV offerings

The Berlingo Multispace, which is the brand’s top-seller in 27 countries and its second best-seller worldwide after the C3, will be sold in M and XL variants from the second half of 2018. First cars won’t reach the UK until winter.

Both variants are seven-seaters, although the seats are removable in both. Standard M form is around 4400mm long, while the XL variant is around 350mm longer, with a wheelbase extended over the M by 190mm to around 2970mm, and an extra 350mm of overall length. 

At the front, the Berlingo uses the same EMP2 platform as a variety of PSA Group models, including the C4 Picasso models, Vauxhall Grandland X, Peugeot 3008 and 5008 and the DS 7 Crossback. This allows electric power steering and a tighter turning circle, while at the rear, the platform is an upgrade of the Berlingo’s current architecture.

There are two 1.2-litre Puretech petrols, one 109bhp and the other 128bhp, and four 1.5-litre BlueHDi diesels available from launch, ranging in power from 74bhp to 128bhp. Eight-speed automatic gearboxes are available on both 128bhp units. 

Load space has grown by 100 litres over the outgoing model - 775 litres in total for the M, and 1050 litres for the XL, both with five seats in place. Rear access is also improved - the rear windscreen can be opened independently of the tailgate.

In addition to the added bootspace, there are no fewer than 28 storage cubbies around the cabin, contributing to an additional 186 litres of storage space. There’s also a ceiling-mounted storage space called Modutop, providing 92 litres of storage. 

A host of driver assistance systems are also available on the new Berlingo, including adaptive cruise control, park assist, a lane departure warning system and automatic emergency braking, as well as PSA’s Grip Control two-wheel drive traction control system. 

No considerable price change is expected, although the car’s £16,795 entry point may increase a little, as is customary for new cars. 

The Berlingo is a big-seller in the van-based MPV market, selling 343 units less than the segment best-seller and PSA cousin, the Peugeot Partner Teepee, at 2644 UK sales across 2017. It's third overall, but is only 18 sales behind the Ford Tourneo Connect.

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15 February 2018
It straddles the mpv and commercial vehicle categories better than most (caddy, doblò, kangoo). If it could be had with leather and decent infotainment and safety information, then why not. Kudos to PSA for offering this without fear for the c4 picasso.

15 February 2018

Nice to see cars like this still being made as there is a market for them, it is only a small market so kudos to PSA for being a provider to all.

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

15 February 2018
xxxx wrote:

Nice to see cars like this still being made as there is a market for them, it is only a small market so kudos to PSA for being a provider to all.

2nd best seller for Citroen, so not really a small market. It is a small market in the UK because we are snobs. Elsewhere people are more practical and is why they sell loads. I expect it to continue and post Brexit when we all get poorer we might start being more practical again too!

15 February 2018
Cheltenhamshire wrote:
xxxx wrote:

Nice to see cars like this still being made as there is a market for them, it is only a small market so kudos to PSA for being a provider to all.

2nd best seller for Citroen, so not really a small market. It is a small market in the UK because we are snobs. Elsewhere people are more practical and is why they sell loads. I expect it to continue and post Brexit when we all get poorer we might start being more practical again too!

Not the 2nd best seller in Europe which is probably it's main market. Only sold 37,000 across Europe in 2017 which was beater by the various Citroen's including C3's, Cactus, C4 Picasso.

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

15 February 2018
Cheltenhamshire wrote:

2nd best seller for Citroen, so not really a small market. It is a small market in the UK because we are snobs.

I fear you're right.   People either assume I'm disabled - most are sold on Motability here - or I just have a Postman Pat fetish.   The only group they've acquired a bit of kudos with are surfers.  The earlier models are cheap as chips, indestructable, and great for carrying boards and a mattress.   Few surfers can afford a VW any more...

15 February 2018

People are really missing a trick.  There are few better family cars around.  Ridiculously practical, SUV like visibility, and once you've had sliding doors for supermarket carparks you wont look back.   Also great if you genuinely have a 'lifestyle'.  Swallows bikes, flatpacks, washing machines etc.   And its cheaper than MPV or SUV rivals.

You realise how good it is when you have to replace it.   Have to go to a Skoda Kodiaq or Pug 5008 to get anywhere near the utility.

I was hoping the next berlingo would inherit some Cactus DNA, and it has.  I will be buying one.

15 February 2018

If the world had not got so up itself about SUV's and image in general, this would be the answer to almost every family's needs.  Looks more cohesive a design than where the previous iteration ended up after umpteen small facelifts.  I think I must have developed a boot size fetish, because the idea of 775 Litres really lights my fire! 

The car-buying public gets what it deserves, unfortunately ...

15 February 2018

Your phrasing isnt quite right - this IS the answer to almost every family's needs, DESPITE the fact that the world is heavily into fake off roaders, which dont actually have any benefits for any family.

XXXX just went POP.

15 February 2018
typos1 wrote:

Your phrasing isnt quite right - this IS the answer to almost every family's needs, DESPITE the fact that the world is heavily into fake off roaders, which dont actually have any benefits for any family.

It's nice to know you care so much about me you pick up on every word and have even changed your signature

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

15 February 2018
Bishop wrote:

If the world had not got so up itself about SUV's and image in general, this would be the answer to almost every family's needs.  Looks more cohesive a design than where the previous iteration ended up after umpteen small facelifts.  I think I must have developed a boot size fetish, because the idea of 775 Litres really lights my fire! 

The only problem is once you've had it, you can never go back.  It's not just that its big.  It's cubic.  So basically, whatever daft thing you just bought on eBay whilst drunk will fit in.  My best so far was a triple row of seats from an Airbus A320... 

It even drives nicely and is comfortable thanks to upright seating.  The only thing the current model is missing is a little bit more power and a bit of tech, both of which seem to have been addressed.  The 1.6hdi is a bit rattly too.   I suspect I'll go for the 128bhp 1.2 petrol next time.  I notice its even got wind up windows in the back now - thats a step forward.

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