Citroen Berlingo Electric (2013-2019) running costs
The Citroen Berlingo Electric is competitively priced, but doesn’t have as many advanced features as rivals
There are two Berlingo Electric models available, both in LX trim, which is the second of four specification level you can have on the diesel Berlingo van. The difference between the two models is body style, with the L1 version featuring a 3.3 cubic metre load area and a single sliding side door, while the L2 has a load volume of 3.7 cubic metres and double sliding doors.
The big benefit of electric vans is their low Benefit-in-Kind rates. All vans qualify for the same rate, which at the moment is around £2,000 less than for a diesel Berlingo. Changes in the rates will see this double by 2020, although that’s still lower than a diesel van. As list prices don’t climb beyond £40,000, the Berlingo Electric is road-tax-exempt; it also qualifies for exemption from the London Congestion Charge.
Citroen Berlingo Electric insurance group
The Berlingo Electric has the same Citroen warranty as the diesel Berlingo, so it’s covered for three years/100,000 miles. It also has a five-year anti-perforation warranty to protect against any bodywork defects caused during production, and two-year paint cover.
In addition, the Berlingo Electric has a warranty of eight years/60,000 miles that covers the battery against malfunction. This is par for the course in the electric-van market, while Citroen also offers 12 months' roadside assistance.
Citroen offers assorted service plans for its vans, which you can take out up to year after buying one. It offers options from one to five years and 10,000 to 100,000 miles, although you’d be going some to clock up that many miles in an electric van.
The Berlingo Electric, like all electric vans, qualifies for zero road tax.
Very few Berlingo Electrics have been sold, which doesn't bode well for residual values. The van’s relative scarcity, combined with its limited electric range and dated running gear mean it’s unlikely to hold on to much of its price after three years, even compared to rivals.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe Citroen Berlingo Electric van used tried-and-tested running gear, but it has a short range compared to better-developed rivals
- 2Range, battery & chargingThe Citroen Berlingo Electric charges fast, but only because it has a comparatively small 22.5kWh battery
- 3Running costs - currently readingThe Citroen Berlingo Electric is competitively priced, but doesn’t have as many advanced features as rivals
- 4Electric motor, drive & performanceIt’s fast enough in town, but you wouldn’t want to drive the Citroen Berlingo Electric beyond city limits
- 5Interior & comfortDated design, hard plastics and painted metal mean the Citroen Berlingo Electric is pure van through-and-through
- 6Practicality & load spaceThe Citroen Berlingo Electric falls behind its van rivals for overall carrying capacity
- 7Reliability & safetyTried-and-tested running gear means the Citroen Berlingo Electric should be reliable, but there isn't enough safety equipment included