Citroen Berlingo Electric (2013-2019) reliability & safety
Tried-and-tested running gear means the Citroen Berlingo Electric should be reliable, but there isn't enough safety equipment included
The Berlingo Electric is a niche model, but uses plenty of existing technology to go with its electric drive system. The Berlingo has been around since 2013, while the van shares a platform with older Citroen models such as the previous-generation C4 Picasso. It should be reliable, but question marks over the electrical systems (as opposed to the electric drivetrain) mean reliability might not be up to scratch.
Citroen Berlingo Electric reliability & problems
With so few Berlingo Electric vans being sold, there’s no reliable information about how well it stands up to the rigours of everyday life. Still, looking at past Auto Express Driver Power surveys, it’s clear that cars which share running gear with the Berlingo Electric aren’t held in the highest regard for reliability.
Electrical issues seem to be a bugbear with owners, but seeing as the Berlingo Electric doesn’t have many electrical systems on board, it shouldn’t be such an issue here. And besides, the electric drive system has an eight-year warranty to cover any issues with it.
The Berlingo Electric hasn’t been crash-tested by Euro NCAP, but the diesel MPV version was put to the test back in 2014. It earned a poor three-star rating, with a 56% score for adult occupant protection.
The Electric gets the standard selection of safety kit, with stability control, hill-start assistance and a driver’s airbag. But a passenger airbag is optional, as are side airbags, while automatic lights and wipers are part of the optional Visibility Pack. Parking sensors are also optional, while the Serenity Pack – which adds automatic emergency braking to diesel Berlingos – isn’t offered as an option.
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 & 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 & safety - currently readingTried-and-tested running gear means the Citroen Berlingo Electric should be reliable, but there isn't enough safety equipment included