New Citroen e-Berlingo: specs and prices released
Order books are now open for the Citroen e-Berlingo, with prices starting from £29,575
- Available now from £29,575
- Range of 174 miles between charges
- Recharges to 80% in 30 minutes
Citroen has announced trim levels and prices for the new ë-Berlingo, the all-electric version of the brand’s MPV. Available in five-seat and seven-seat guise, prices start from £29,575.
The e-Berlingo gives buyers a zero-emission alternative to the existing petrol and diesel models. The market for electric MPVs may not yet be enormous but the e-Berlingo is the third electric people carrier to be revealed in as many weeks - beside the badges and styling, it’s identical to the Vauxhall Combo-e Life and Peugeot e-Rifter.
Interior and specifications
The ë-Berlingo is available in two trim levels called ‘Feel’ and ‘Flair XTR’. Feel models are available in M (medium) or XL guise, while the Flair XTR is sold exclusively in the M length. M models get five seats, while the XL version offers seven seats.
Feel models get 16-inch steel wheels, LED daytime running lights and automatic headlights, Airbump technology, electric door mirrors, and automatic windscreen wipers as standard.
The top-of-the-range Flair XTR, meanwhile, gets 17-inch ‘Spin’ alloy wheels, XTR badging, black roof bars and door mirrors, orange fog light surrounds, and orange flourishes on the Airbump panels. All variants feature sliding side doors.
Inside, Feel models are finished in Green Mica Cloth and feature ‘Nemo’ interior detailing. Up front, you get an eight-inch touchscreen, featuring both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Citroen’s smartphone app allows you to preheat the cabin before you get in. The two front seats also feature fold-away tray tables for rear passengers.
The Flair XTR gets Line Green upholstery with Resada Green interior detailing. It also adds a 10-inch, fully digital driver display, which is linked to the brand’s Connect Nav system, allowing for real time traffic updates and access to connected services. The Flair XTR also features a head-up display and a 180° colour reversing camera.
Both the Feel and XTR come with Citroën’s Safety Pack, which comprises safety and driver assistance features such as rear parking sensors, Lane Keep Assist, Active Safety Brake, Cruise Control and Speed Limit Recognition.
Powertrains and performance
The e-Berlingo is powered by a 134bhp electric motor and a 50kWh battery setup, a combination which allows up to 174 miles between charges. The Peugeot e-208 manages around 210 miles using the same powertrain but the Berlingo’s extra weight and boxier shape affects its efficiency. It’s also the same package you get in the electric Citroen SpaceTourer MPV, which is bigger still.
You only get 134bhp if you select the ‘Power’ driving mode, which Citroen says is handy for when the car’s heavily loaded. ‘Normal’ dials this back to 109bhp - enough for most daily situations - and ‘Eco’ restricts the motor to just 80bhp and limits the strength of the air conditioning. There’s also a ‘B’ mode, which turns up the level of brake regeneration so you can drive the car using just the accelerator.
Recharging at a 7.4kW wallbox takes over seven hours, and you can use Citroen’s smartphone app to schedule the charge to start when electricity prices are cheaper. If you’re out and about, a 100kW public charger will take 30 minutes to replenish capacity to 80%, although you will pay much more than you would for a home charge.
With the batteries stashed under the floor, the electric Berlingo is no less cavernous than petrol or diesel versions. Even the shorter ‘M’ body length offers 775 litres of boot space, and the XL variant with all seats folded offers one of the biggest load spaces of any car on sale - it is based on a van, after all. The XL offers the option of seven seats, and both versions allow you to fold the front passenger seat down to carry items that are three metres long.
There’s little to give away the e-Berlingo’s electric powertrain - just a couple of ‘ë’ badges and blue-ringed Airbumps.