After driving a turbo diesel Xantia estate, the Berlingo has a much more "hands on" feel, undoubtedly due to the simpler suspension and different characteristics of the HDi engine.
Having had three diesel Citroens before this one, I had admired the Berlingo concept, but didn't want the sluggish "commercial" diesel engine. As Citroen had already overcome my earlier reservations by adding two sliding rear doors, I felt when they added the HDi option that I really had no excuse not to rush out and buy one.
It is undoubtedly quick enough to satisfy all, but the most urgent of commuters, and surprisingly agile for a spare room on wheels. The slightly raised driving position inspires confidence, as does the airiness of the cabin and the fact that those "things" that live in cars, such as umbrellas, cassette boxes, maps, torches, etc., all have somewhere to be stowed away.
Until you get used to it, high speeds on motorways can be a bit unnerving; those slab-like sides seem to enjoy playing in lorry slipstreams and cross-winds, but that aside, handling and roadholding is solid, unlike the ride which is unmistakeably Citroen, i.e. excellent. Brakes are good too, which is just as well as I always seem to be going faster than I think! Oh yes... and 45-50mpg!!
25th Jul 2005, 03:02
Has anyone else received a recall letter from Citroen recently, asking for their Berlingo to be brought in and fitted with new suspension cups on each front suspension spring? Taking my car in next Tuesday. Brakes still squeaking!