With the original Citroen Berlingo, the engineering philosophy was very much one of turning an existing commercial vehicle into family transport. But since well over 50 percent of the worldwide sales of the original Berlingo were of the MPV version, the design and engineering process has been much more even-handed the second time around.
Instead of creating a passenger vehicle from a van, the new Berlingo has been designed as both a van and MPV from the outset. As a result, there is a general air of sophistication, particularly in terms of refinement and the quality of materials used in the cabin.
The Berlingo has stepped up half a class in size terms - it is both longer and wider than ever before. This will be keenly felt in tight car parks and narrow roads; the Berlingo measures just 10mm narrower than a Peugeot 308.
It still looks very much like a Berlingo, however. There’s a longer, sleeker snout, complete with Citroën’s latest corporate face. There are also pronounced wheel arches which help to disguise the slabby flanks. But the Berlingo is still, at its heart, a boxy van with windows and rear seats, just like its sibling the Peugeot Partner Tepee.