posted 5 years ago

Citroen Berlingo First HDi 75

The new Citroen Berlingo First HDi 75 reminds me of a cheese sandwich. After all, both are extremely simple yet rather tasty and versatile.

The new Citroen Berlingo First HDi 75 reminds me of a cheese sandwich. After all, both are extremely simple yet rather tasty and versatile. As such, this light commercial vehicle is only available with one engine and one standard trim - although a few optional extras can be added. These include ABS and electronic brake force distribution, which come combined for £320 plus VAT. The van itself costs £11,535 plus VAT, which equals £13,842.

The Citroen Berlingo First HDi 75 is relatively compact in van terms, so it is easy to manoeuvre in town. Despite its modest dimensions, this French load-lugger's storage capacity is 2.7m3 and its maximum payload is a respectable 600kg. This weight is moved around by a 1.6-litre 75hp diesel engine that has plenty of torque. Assuming the van is unladen, this averages an impressive 52.3mpg and emits carbon at a rate of 143g/km.

Accessing the load area is simple as the rear doors open to 180 degrees. This complements the opening side panel and the low floor. So, it is easy to slide your cheese sandwich in – assuming its length is no more than 1.7 metres. This tasty treat can then be secured to six lashing hooks to keep it in place. Finally, drivers can keep an eye on their lunch through the half-height bulkhead's upper mesh grill. Not bad for a cheap little van.