New Citroen E-Berlingo 2021: everything you need to know

Tyler Heatley

03 Nov 2021

Citroen electrifies its popular MPV for lower running costs without compromising practicality. The new E-Berlingo hits the road later in 2021.

> 50 kWh battery grants 174-mile range

> Offered in two wheelbases, with five or seven seats

> Rapid charge to 80% in 30 minutes

> New infotainment system with a bigger screen

> On sale now from £29,575

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2021 Citroen e-Berlingo Design

The new E-Berlingo is certainly a quirky looking thing, but then all-new Citroen Berlingos are these days. While still essentially a van with windows – no bad thing – this car’s boxy shape is full of curious design traits.

From distinctive ‘Airbumps’ to Citroen’s unique family face, this Berlingo is more geared towards a stylish lifestyle than ever before.

Specific to the E-Berlingo is new blue trim details that subtly hint that this car is an EV. You’ll also notice that the grille has been covered with a blunt chevroned surface due to an EV not needing such cooling.

2021 Citroen e-Berlingo interior and infotainment

The cabin of the E-Berlingo largely mirrors that of its combustion counterparts, in that its chunky durable touchpoints are complemented by interesting design.

A prominent central console leads up to an 8-inch infotainment system running Citroen’s latest software, however, a larger 10-inch screen can be had dependent upon trim level. All come standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The driver has access to a digital instrument panel that’s customisable and is capable of neatly displaying key data on battery status and consumption.

A pair of large sliding doors make accessing the rear about as easy as could be. Be it loading cargo or car seats, the large openings will be a huge asset. Another benefit of sliding doors is that you can live without the fear of children swinging doors open into other parked cars.

Rear passengers can enjoy plenty of leg and headroom, but they’ll be even comfier in Flair XTR trim cars. The middle row is specified with a trio of individually adjustable seats that can also recline.

The E-Berlingo can also be had with good levels of tech that consists of keyless entry, head-up display, hill-start assist, parking sensors, a reversing camera, intelligent beam headlights, cruise control and Park Assist to help fit into those tight spaces.

2021 Citroen e-Berlingo boot space and practicality

The great thing about the Berlingo’s humble link to vans is that there’s a vast quantity of space on offer – something that can be amplified by the optional glass panoramic roof.

There are loads of storage cubbies dotted around the cabin for life’s miscellanea with these useful spaces totalling 167 litres by themselves.

In addition to these 26 storage space, an additional 92 litres can be gained from optional overhead storage dubbed Modutop.

This E-Berlingo can be had in two sizes, M and XL, offering five or seven seats. Both feature flat floors and removable seating for those times when you need to take that old fridge to the tip.

Boot space comes in at 775 litres for the M, or 1,050 in the XL with the rearmost seats folded away. When the XL really flexes its muscles it can hold up to 4,000 litres of cargo and has a load length of 3.05m.

A nice little touch is the ability to sling odd items into the boot without opening the tailgate. The rear window opens like a small hatch for bits you might have forgotten to load.

The E-Berlingo is in a class of one in terms of electric MPVs at the moment, but it easily presents itself as one of the most practical in its segment generally. Only the Ford Tourneo or one of the Berlingo’s sister cars (Peugeot Rifter and Vauxhall Combo) can challenge it.

2021 Citroen e-Berlingo motor and battery

Being an all-electric car, the Citroen E-Berlingo doesn’t have an engine. Instead, it is powered by a 132bhp electric motor and a 50 kWh lithium-ion battery. A top speed of 83mph is quoted, but how fast it gets there will depend on its driving mode. Each selection dishes out power in increasing amounts with Eco, Normal and Power being the selection.

The E-Berlingo’s battery can be charged in a variety of ways ranging from 3.7 kW to a 22 kW wallbox via a standard Type-2 cable. A typical charged from a 7kW home charger takes 7.5 hours going from empty to full. There is an optional 11kW onboard charger that can be had, affording a charge in 4 hours and 45 minutes from an appropriate source. Taking advantage of a public 100kW rapid charger will get this Citroen from 0-80% charge in just 30 minutes.

Citroen claims that running costs are substantially cheaper in an E-Berlingo over its combustion counterparts, and not just in terms of fuel. According to the French marque, maintenance costs could be 30% cheaper thanks to fewer consumables being required in EVs.

This Berlingo might be of keen interest to those living within the newly expanded London ULEZ. It is exempt from charges, making its lifetime running costs in the city considerably lower than its combustion alternative. Business users might also be interested in the Citroen's exceptionally low 1% BIK rate.

2021 Citroen e-Berlingo price and on sale date

The Citroen e-Berlingo in two different trim levels: Feel and Flair XTR. Feel comes in short and long-wheelbase sizes, while Flair XTR comes just in the shorter size.

Feel models start at £29,575 including the Government's grant, and get things like 16-inch alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights and an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Flair XTR models start at £32,280 and add 17-inch alloy wheels, black roof bars and a 10-inch digital driver's display. Both prices are elusive of the current £2,500 government EV grant.

The order books are open now.

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Tyler Heatley

03 Nov 2021