Four light vans to look out for: Berlingo, NV200, Combo, Caddy

Date: Friday, May 04, 2018

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Citroen Berlingo

Facelifted in 2015, the Berlingo is a competent and frugal load-lugger, with the load bay accessed via twin rear doors and a nearside sliding door.

It’s available in two panel van lengths, three trim levels, and with XTR+ enhanced traction, and as an electric van, a crew van and a platform cab. It’s also up for grabs with stop/start, manual five- and six-speed gearboxes and Citroen’s ETG6 semi-auto transmission.

All vans getTeletrac Smartnav satnav and Trackstar stolen vehicle tracking as standard.

Unfortunately, the handling is light years away from the slickness of the Ford Transit Connect, while the steering is a little slack compared with the precision available elsewhere.

Likewise, the five-speed gearbox isn’t a match for the best-in-class.

The dash is no-frills but functional, with the controls well laid out and easy to use.

However, the driving position leaves a lot to be desired, and there’s not enough space to sit on the middle seat. Finally, storage provision is good and there’s a handy box under that central seat, but none of the glove box compartments are big enough for the handbook.

Sample model: 625 Enterprise 1.6BlueHDi

Engine size    1.6-litre
Payload     641kg
Load volume    3.3m3
Combined mpg 65.7mpg
CO2    112g/km
Price (ex VAT) £16,883


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