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8. Citroen Berlingo Multispace

If a car is practical and good value, does it matter how it looks?

Citroen Berlingo Multispace

If a car is practical and good value, does it matter how it looks? The Citroen Berlingo Multispace borrows styling from the Berlingo van, so its dimensions are a bit awkward, but as it’s based on the Citroen C4 and Peugeot 308 hatchbacks, it drives well.

Sadly, it hasn’t carried over those cars’ safety credentials. The Multispace only got a four-star Euro NCAP rating for adult protection, plus ESP is an option on most models.What it does provide is space: there’s 675 litres of luggage capacity with the rear seats up. The seats tumble forward and can be removed to increase boot size to a massive 3,000 litres. Sliding rear doors make access easy, and seven seats are available as an option.

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Diesel dominates the engine range, but the cleanest Airdream models come only with the jerky semi-automatic gearbox. It’s better to put up with the slightly higher road tax bills and fuel consumption of the manual cars – the 90bhp 1.6-litre HDi promises 53.3mpg economy and 135g/km emissions. Insurance group ratings will be low across the range, while the 12,500-mile service intervals are competitive.

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