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Citroen Berlingo Multispace

Broadcast dates : 6th February 2005
10th February 2005

Citroen’s image today is more readily associated with funky hatchbacks and up-market sedans. But back in the 1930s, Andre Citroen was committed to basic transport, and this modest Citroen offering is true to the old 2 C.V. or Deux Che Vaux as the French say, which made the company’s name.

There’s a refreshing honesty about the Berlingo, especially in the context of a no-frills family vehicle. It won’t stop traffic with its looks and your neighbors may assume you’ve gone into the pizza delivery business.

But despite a small engine and basic mechanicals, it’s nevertheless comfortable and un-van-like behind the wheel.

The engine is referred to as a 1,4-litre, but in fact displaces just 1360 CCs.

However it’s a modern fuel-injected unit, squeezing out 55 kiloWatts at 5500 rpm.

Power delivery is profiled towards drivability rather than speed. Zero to one-hundred is claimed at thirteen-comma-eight seconds, and top speed at a hundred-and-forty-eight kilometres-per-hour.

And overall fuel consumption is a miserly 7,5 litres per hundred.

To enable serious load capability, Citroen has opted for a rugged torsion beam rear axle with trailing arms.

The front McPherson struts employ a unique composite engine mounting on the strut towers, while anti-roll bars are fitted front and rear for good on-road stability.

The Berlingo’s suspension suits South African condition as the car is built in Spain and Portugal, country’s noted for roads varying from super-smooth to rough and ready.

Then there’s the interior. The accent is on utility with plenty of stowage compartments. Trim levels are modest, the upholstery hardly calculated to impress the Cot D’ Azur set.

You won’t be going any place in a hurry and some of the fittings are on the cheap side. But the up-side is that the Berlingo Multispace will handle lots of abuse.

At a price of just under R140 000, it offers an interesting family-car- alternative if a high roof line, rather than high style, is your thing.

Citroen Berlingo Multispace Executive
  • Engine: Four-cylinder petrol, 1 360 cc
  • Power: 55 kW @ 5 500 rpm
  • Torque: 120 Nm @ 3 400 rpm
  • Transmission: Five-speed manual, front-wheel-drive
  • 0-100 km/h: 13,3 seconds
  • Top speed: 148 km/h
  • Fuel consumption: 7,5 litres/100 km (claimed) 
  • Price: R139 995

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