Citroen Berlingo Multispace
The Citroen Berlingo Multispace is available as a 7-Seater. It is relatively new to the UK market and can quite rightly be put into the Cheap Seven-Seater Category.
Citroën’s Berlingo range of multi-purpose vehicles (MPVs) was first brought to the market in 1996. The latest Citroën Berlingo Multispace 7-seater model launched in 2008 and costs from £12,255 - £15,465. It is part of the very popular Citroen MPV range.
It is an economical MPV especially in the diesel format. Second hand or used Berlingo's can be picked up even cheaper, (for less then £5,000).
Citroën has further developed this MPV to have increased internal space, with more passenger and luggage space, while at the same time ensuring it has car-like driving dynamics.
A full service for the Citroën Berlingo Multispace typically costs around £195. Adding an MOT service to it costs £230 (or around £50 for an MOT on its own). An interim service costs around £130 (£165 for an interim service plus MOT). These prices are correct at the time of writing, although it is always advisable to confirm with your local dealer when you are planning a service and MOT.
The Berlingo Multispace’s CO2 emissions range between 140g/km and 195 g/km. The base models have typically lower emission levels whereas higher specification models tend to emit most. Cars emitting less than 100g/km are recognised as the most environmentally friendly; those emitting in excess of 200 g/km are least developed in terms of their green standard.
Car Tax (VED)
The level of CO2 emissions is a key factor in setting the car tax band into which your car will fall. The Citroën Berlingo Multispace falls into tax band F (141-150g/km CO2 emissions) through to J (186-200 g/km CO2 emissions). The so called showroom tax, i.e. the road tax paid in the first year of ownership, for the Citroën Berlingo Multispace ranges from £125 - £425. This tax reverts to the regular road tax from the second year of ownership onwards.
Miles Per Gallon (MPG)
The Berlingo Multispace is an economic car to run. The diesel estate 1.6 HDi 90VTR 7-seat model does 44.1 miles per gallon (urban cycle); 56.5 miles/gallon (extra urban cycle); 51.4 miles/gallon (combined).
The maximum speed of 99 miles per hour. The choice of engine is between the 88 or 108 bhp version of the 1.6 Litre Berlingo unit. Zero to 60 miles per hour is achieved in around 17 seconds or less, depending on the engine model chosen.
Extra features include electronic parking sensors, hill start assist technology, a cruise control / speed limiter, an interior roof rack, a removable console storage space fitting between the front seats, drawers for under the driver’s seat, and cup holders.
Safety features include airbags for all passengers in addition to the driver, advanced safety braking technology and an electronic stability program.
The insurance cost is low compared with most other seven seat vehicles, further enhancing its profile as an economical MPV to run. It falls within insurance group 4 which is the lower end of the scale.
The Berlingo Multispace is basically a seven seat van with windows that offers additional space at an affordable price. These types of cars are extremely popular in the EU; however their appeal isn’t as widespread here in the UK. However, the low price tag and fuel efficiency makes it a sensible choice. Basic models are the most affordable with the diesel models tending to be nippier than the petrol versions.
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