The new CitroÃ«n Berlingo Multispace is longer (+24cm) and wider (+8cm) than its forerunner, which translates into a more spacious interior. An increase to the wheelbase further contributes to the visual impression of generous volumes and projects a strong road presence.
A bold and distinctive new-style corporate face embodies the Company's iconic chevrons into the sculpted bonnet, immediately identifying the car's CitroÃ«n identity. The deep wraparound bumper asserts the adventurous qualities of the car. From bonnet to boot, a clear design focus has been placed on the angles of the new CitroÃ«n Berlingo Multispace. The assertive headlamps and smooth curves of the bonnet lead to taut side lines, and sculpted wheel arches giving the car a more aerodynamic profile.
The Multispace's wide, steeply raked windscreen gives drivers optimum visibility with a large glazed area of 4.6mÂ², echoing the spacious dimensions of the interior. The car's rear aspect is defined by striking tail lights and a wraparound rear bumper with cubic lines which protects the elegant curving tailgate.
The new CitroÃ«n Berlingo Multispace in XTR trim, transforms the car into full 'go anywhere' mode with black and silver coloured body sections, side rubbing strips and tinted rear windows giving a rugged and active appearance. Heightened front and rear suspension (+10mm), chunky 16" tyres and a "styled" engine cover plate equip the XTR for the active individual.
The new CitroÃ«n Berlingo Multispace offers a refined interior that is both modern and hard wearing. Using premium materials throughout the cabin, a bold colour co-ordinated interior trim, exudes quality and the carpeting and availability of fabric-lined door armrests can add a plush feel, enhancing the comfort for occupants.
The atmosphere inside the new CitroÃ«n Berlingo Multispace is one of space and light and an integrated scented air freshener can be fitted to create a pleasant aroma. The large panoramic windscreen, expansive rear windows along with the ModutopÂ®'s clear glass roof panels and translucent central shelf all allow plenty of light into the Multispace's interior creating a bright and refreshing driving environment.
Based on the running gear of the CitroÃ«n C4 Picasso, the new Berlingo Multispace offers an ultra smooth and comfortable ride with an ergonomic driving position and easy-to-reach controls to offer a more involved driving experience. With a long wheelbase, bigger tyres and wider tracks, the new CitroÃ«n Berlingo Multispace boasts road manners and a level of stability that is exceptional for this segment.
The exterior height of the new CitroÃ«n Berlingo Multispace has been unchanged in order to maintain the car's aerodynamic performance. The suspension is tailored for a full range of driving situations with handling designed to minimise pitch and roll.
The MacPherson-type front suspension features lower wishbones and an anti-roll bar meaning new Berlingo combines optimised handling and driving comfort. The rear suspension is based on a transverse beam and anti-roll bar with coil springs to maximise the ride comfort.
Additionally, CitroÃ«n's designers have inclined the shock absorbers to minimise the intrusion of the wheel arches translating into more internal space.
A fully adjustable layout with modular seat design, gives users an extensive choice of combinations to make the most of the available space. The new CitroÃ«n Berlingo Multispace can be fitted with three independent, rear seats which can each be tumbled forward to increase the rear boot space, or for maximum load volume can be taken out. Leaving either one or two rear seats in place becomes ideal for transporting long objects whilst also transporting rear passengers. Having three independent rear seats means each can be reclined, allowing passengers to select their most comfortable seating position.
The Multispace's functional design ensures that both front and rear passengers have access to the cabin's intelligent storage features. When not in use the central rear seat can be folded forwards to reveal a clever table incorporating a shelf, an armrest and a cup holder.
Even at full rear occupancy with three passengers there are still surfaces to utilise. The backs of the front seats are fitted with carry hooks, aircraft-style trays that flip down and zip or netted pockets for stowing loose items - ideal features to help keep young passengers entertained on the move.
The Multispace's exterior also features choice and versatility. For a wide range of access requirements, the new CitroÃ«n Berlingo Multispace is fitted with two sliding rear doors - ideal for parents cautious of getting children in and out of the vehicle at the roadside. The sliding doors' wide opening provides easy access to the rear seats.
At the rear, the Multispace's vast boot is accessed by a large tailgate allowing for wide objects to be loaded with ease. An optional split tailgate with opening window not only provides easy access to the boot in confined spaces but also allows the transportation of long objects like skiis.
Space and Storage
Hinted at by its name, the original Berlingo Multispace's celebrated design offered users an extensive array of clever storage solutions capable of transporting all the equipment and luggage an active family could need. With a larger floor pan and some clever new design modifications, the new CitroÃ«n Berlingo Multispace offers owners even more space.
Depending on trim level there is up to 170-litres of storage in addition to the boot space. Passengers can now store even more items than previously in the ModutopÂ® overhead storage system, stowage compartments in the dashboard, under-seat storage and a compartmented glovebox.
Drivers and front occupants can utilise plenty of easy-access storage in addition to the space provided by the overhead ModutopÂ® compartments. There are storage bins in both driver and passenger doors and a conveniently placed high mounted glove box on top of the dashboard, with a deep open shelf on the passenger side. A hook fixed to the side of the passenger's foot well also provides a simple but effective solution for hanging handbags or shopping, preventing content spillages when the vehicle is in transit.
The new CitroÃ«n Berlingo Multispace features a generous boot space - 51-litres more than the previous model - and can reach a cavernous 3,000-litres when all rear seats are removed giving a full 2m of length available behind the front seats. And it's not just more storage space that's available in the new CitroÃ«n Berlingo Multispace as rear passengers can now enjoy the best legroom in the segment (24.5cm).
The ModutopÂ® roof with its overhead storage rack and compartments, a signature design feature of the CitroÃ«n Berlingo Multispace, has been redesigned utilising the height of the Multispace's roof to maximise the practicality of the overhead space. The easy-to-reach sturdy compartments help reduce mess in the cabin and are an ideal means of keeping small items like books, maps or soft drinks securely out of the way.
A handy storage box is fitted in the rear section of the ModutopÂ® layout with dual-access from the rear seats via simple sliding panels or from the boot with an aviation-inspired pull-down drawer which can be accessed even when the boot is full thanks to the Multispace's split tailgate.
Convenient sockets in the roof compartments allow for electronic devices such as MP3 players or portable DVD players to be plugged in. The ModutopÂ®'s efficient design layout also means that four large glass panels can be fitted around the central console allowing plenty of light into the cabin and enhancing the feeling of space.
Alternatively, the CitroÃ«n Berlingo Multispace can be fitted with modular interior roof bars. For the first time users can mount and carry long objects of up to 2m on the inside of the vehicle. Making the maximum use of the CitroÃ«n Berlingo Multispace's headroom, the internal roof rack can be used to transport expensive items like skis and DIY equipment without affecting the aerodynamics of the vehicle, saving fuel and performance, and eliminating the risk of theft.
A removable central console locks in place between the front seats with a capacity of up to 13-litres and two cup holders on the top this neat box can be used for a variety of purposes, inside the car or out.
Pullout drawers under both front seats and compartments in the rear footwells, offer space of up to 8.5-litres and 7-litres each respectively, providing a simple, effective and hidden storage solution.
When the ModutopÂ® is fitted, exterior roof bars are available offering a practical solution for transporting large items that can't be fitted inside the vehicle, or to carry items in addition to a full internal load. The secure bars can be placed longitudinally or laterally depending on the user requirements.
In fitting with the MPV's saloon-like levels of comfort, the new CitroÃ«n Berlingo Multispace has been designed to optimise the car's aerodynamics to reduce wind noise whilst at the same time minimizing external sounds with advanced acoustic dampening. The Multispace's engine is now encapsulated in an almost soundproof cocoon. The floorpan has received gravel-chipping protection and the cabin now features a wide range of absorbent materials in the dashboard and the roof.
Optimum Driving Position
The raised seating position of the new CitroÃ«n Berlingo Multispace puts the driver firmly in control. With supportive driver's dual armrests, premium seat materials and a height-and-reach adjustable steering wheel and driver's seat, Multispace drivers can easily find their optimum driving posture for comfort and control.
A panoramic windscreen, large side windows and wide exterior door mirrors provide excellent driving visibility and easy-reach vehicle controls like a dashboard-mounted gear lever allows drivers to maintain focus on the road.
Unusual for a vehicle in this class, the new CitroÃ«n Berlingo Multispace is available with clever and convenient technological equipment including air-conditioning, rear parking sensors, seat belt and tyre pressure warning systems, a speed limiter and cruise control as well as automatic headlights and windscreen wipers.
The Multispace's audio system is fitted with an MP3-compatible CD player as well as an optional CD multi-changer. Steering wheel mounted controls allow easy operation and an auxiliary input can also be fitted to connect portable music devices like MP3 players. A Bluetooth car kit is also available facilitating safe, hands-free communication on the road.
A neat feature is also evident in the rear of the new CitroÃ«n Berlingo Multispace where the boot-light doubles as a removable hand-held torch. When mounted the boot-light/torch's batteries are recharged. A 12V socket is also available in the boot for a convenient access point to charge or power appliances.
Safety & Security
The Company's high benchmark for safety has made CitroÃ«n's vehicles some of the safest on the road today, with recognised award-winning safety technology. The new Multispace is no exception having been awarded an excellent EuroNCAP rating with 4-star protection for both adult and child occupants and a 2-star rating for pedestrian protection.
A reinforced body and cabin structure, with particular attention paid to the rear and centre pillars, is stiff enough to protect occupants and flexible enough to soak up the energy of minor impacts. Internally, the CitroÃ«n Berlingo Multispace provides all round protection. With up to six airbags available, occupants in the front seats are protected by driver and front passenger airbags as standard with a further two side chest airbags and two curtain airbags also available.
The high level of safety and security on the vehicle means that owners can benefit from insurance ratings as low as group 3E.
All CitroÃ«n Berlingo Multispace models feature ABS with Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD) and Emergency Braking Assistance (EBA) helping drivers to safely bring the vehicle to a stop in all conditions. For greater stopping power, the CitroÃ«n Berlingo Multispace is fitted with disc brakes all round with vented disc brakes at the front providing a confident brake response. In the event of quick deceleration or heavy braking, the hazard lights are automatically activated providing a warning to vehicles behind.
In addition, an Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) with Traction Control and Hill-Start Assist function is available, making pulling away on a steep gradient easier and safer, regardless of the load in the car. The system is engaged if the vehicle is stopped on a slope of 5% or more, and facing up hill in forward gear or down hill in reverse. Once the footbrake is released, the ESP automatically holds the vehicle in position for up to two seconds giving the driver plenty of time to pull away. The ESP system also ensures better stability around corners and helps drivers in controlling of the vehicle in difficult driving conditions.
The Multispace's headlights detect low light levels and will switch on automatically if the driver has failed to switch on the lights manually, for example when entering a tunnel, or pulling away at night.
In a first for the segment, the CitroÃ«n Berlingo Multispace is available with a Low Pressure Tyre Warning System. If low pressure is detected, the system immediately alerts the driver via an audible warning and a message on the multi-function screen. In the event of a puncture, a 'Stop' light also appears.
For increased protection against theft, the CitroÃ«n Berlingo Multispace can be specified with an ultrasonic alarm.
Ensuring child passengers cannot inadvertently open the doors whilst driving, the Berlingo's doors and boot automatically lock when the vehicle starts to move and a button on the dashboard allows drivers to activate the electric child lock manually. For securely fitting child seats, the front passenger and two rear side seats are fitted with Isofix anchor points. A seatbelt warning system alerts drivers to child passengers undoing their seatbelts when the vehicle is in motion emitting an audible warning and indicating a graphic on the display panel.