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Citroen Berlingo Multispace - best people carriers and MPVs

It's not the most stylish, but the Citroen Berlingo Multispace offers van-like practicality and good value

The Citroen Berlingo is getting on a bit – the current model has been around since 2008 with only a mild facelift to keep it fresh. But don’t let that put you off – if you’re after practical, easy-to-drive and great value family transport, it’s worth a look.

Citroen Berlingo review

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Once you get past the stigma of being seen in a van, you begin to appreciate the extra practicality that the Berlingo’s boxy body offers. There’s even an optional third row to turn it into a seven-seater, and twin side sliding doors make access easy. We're a fan of the Berlingo XL and gave it the prestigious honour of Auto Express MPV of the Year 2019.

The 2016 facelift introduced three engines to the Berlingo Multispace – two punchy diesels, and a 1.6-litre petrol. The old BlueHDi 75 unit was carried over, but with just 74bhp it’s worth avoiding in favour of the BlueHDi 100 or 120. Both of these offer decent performance and great running costs for what’s essentially a commercial vehicle.

The latest Berlingo also has a much improved interior over the pre-facelift car, with an optional touchscreen infotainment system – but it’s not as ergonomic as car-based rivals like the Ford C-MAX.Best people carriers and MPVs.

Best people carriers and MPVs

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        1. Citroen Berlingo Multispace
        2. Citroen C4 SpaceTourer
        3. Renault Grand Scenic
        4. Ford S-MAX
        5. Kia Carens
        6. Vauxhall Zafira Tourer
        7. Ford C-MAX
        8. BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer
        9. Ford Tourneo Connect
        10. 10 SEAT Alhambra
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