Citroen Berlingo Electric (2013-2019) interior & comfort
Dated design, hard plastics and painted metal mean the Citroen Berlingo Electric is pure van through-and-through
As the Berlingo Electric is based on a design that’s been around since 2013, it’s not at the cutting edge for style or quality. There are plenty of hard plastics on show, while the upright dashboard is designed for functionality rather than aesthetics.
The three-abreast seating layout is a unique feature compared to the similarly sized Renault Kangoo Z.E. and Nissan e-NV200, but you’ll find things pretty cramped if you do decide to travel three-up. There’s not much elbow room and the two passengers share a seat cushion, so there'll be arguments about who has the most space.
Citroen Berlingo Electric dashboard
The Berlingo’s dashboard is simple in layout, with an instrument binnacle featuring a power meter and speedometer, plus an auxiliary dial showing remaining battery capacity and how much power the electric motor is putting out when accelerating. Below that is a digital odometer in orange, while a second display on the centre console shows radio, charging and trip-computer information.
Equipment, options and accessories
The Berlingo Electric is based on LX trim, but it gets some extra kit to boost its appeal. Air-conditioning is standard, while Citroen also includes the Super Plus Pack, which adds remote central locking, electric windows and mirrors; the the load area floor is trimmed in plastic as standard, too.
Where the Berlingo Electric misses out is with some of the options available. You can’t add sat nav, while front parking sensors and active city braking are off the table, too. However, you can add rear parking sensors and a reversing camera, as well as load-area extras, such as a solid bulkhead, twin sliding doors, a roof flap for carrying longer items and glazed rear doors.
You can also add the Look Pack (which adds body-coloured bumpers and trim for a smarter look) and the Visibility Pack (which gives you automatic lights and wipers).
Infotainment, apps & sat nav
The Berlingo Electric has a bog-standard stereo, with an orange dot-matrix display and only FM/AM radio and a CD player. You can upgrade the system to the Touch Screen Audio Pack, which adds a DAB radio, Bluetooth phone connection, a USB socket and auxiliary connection, but there’s no sat-nav upgrade.
There’s also the cheaper Connecting Box option, which just adds Bluetooth and a USB socket. Due to the Berlingo’s age, there are no smartphone apps or connectivity options available to allow you to 'pre-condition' the interior before you set off.
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 costsThe 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 & comfort - currently readingDated 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