Citroen Berlingo Multispace, 2009
The new Citroën 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 Citroën 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 Citroën 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 4.6m², 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 Citroën 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 Citroën Berlingo Multispace 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 Citroën 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 Modutop'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.
The Multispace's exterior also features choice and versatility. For a wide range of access requirements, the new Citroën 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 Citroën 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 Modutop overhead storage system, stowage compartments in the dashboard, under-seat storage and a compartmented glovebox.
The Modutop roof with its overhead storage rack and compartments, a signature design feature of the Citroën 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 Modutop 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 Modutop'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.
In fitting with the MPV's saloon-like levels of comfort, the new Citroën 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 Citroën 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 Citroën 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.
Safety & Security
The Company's high benchmark for safety has made Citroën'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.