Refrigeration Vehicle Review: The Citroen Berlingo

At CoolKit, we’re devoted to maintaining an expansive range of refrigerated vehicles on hand amongst our stock, so that we’ve always got the right van on hand to meet the individual needs of our customers. The Citroen Berlingo is one such van – its versatile design continues to make it universally useful to CoolKit’s clients across a number of industries, so today we thought that it was worth taking a look in greater detail.

The Design and Interior

 interior of the van

Before we get to talking about the practicalities of the Citroen Berlingo’s design, its aesthetics warrant more than a passing mention. It’s been specifically designed to have a smarter, more streamlined appearance, and that effort is obvious in the finished design – especially in its rounded snub nose. The rest of the van is plainer and unassuming, in keeping with its reasonably modest and restrained feel as a van that’s primarily designed for professionals. Compared to some vans from previous years, this time around the Berlingo’s engine has been placed in front of the cab, which makes it far more convenient to access the storage area at the back of the van, and as a bonus makes the ‘occupant zone’ for driver and passenger slightly safer, too.

Speaking of the occupant zone, one of the things that the designers have paid attention to is the ride quality, and it shows. The suspension is notably high-quality – welcome news for drivers on long journeys – and the seats are remarkably comfortable. It’s convenient, too – within the cabin, there’s a deep central bin with a roller cover for storage of personal items, giving drivers and passengers easy access to their phones and other items during breaks. Other features include electric windows and ABS locks, while its SmartNav navigation helps drivers save on valuable time and fuel on the way to their jobs.

Practicality and Load Space

 loading space

A sliding door on one side of the vehicle provides effortless access to the load space, as well as barn doors on the rear that can be opened usefully wide. The reinforced resin floor is also edged with aluminium floor edge tread plates for improved grip when loading, further improving safety for employees. The design of the van also means that there are no rear wheel arches that intrude onto the load space, providing that extra bit of space that can sometimes make all the difference when making longer journeys. Even with the insulation installed, the capacity of the load space is still impressively large, though it’s worth noting that there are slight differences between the chiller van and freezer van variants.

Chiller van capacity and insulation:

  • Insulation: 50mm thick (suitable for chiller temperature applications)
  • Refrigeration unit: 0oC to +8oC
  • Internal length: 1.46m
  • Internal height: 1.08m
  • Internal width: 1.16m
  • Payload: 439kg

Freezer van capacity and insulation:

  • Insulation: 75mm thick (suitable for freezer temperature applications)
  • Refrigeration unit: -18oC
  • Internal length: 1.44m
  • Internal height: 1.03m
  • Internal width: 1.15m
  • Payload: 462kg

Engine and Efficiency

The Citroen Berlingo is outfitted with an entry-level Blue HDi 75, which – despite its relatively modest status – is still quite capable of delivering an outstanding performance, stretching about 64.7 miles to the gallon on a combined cycle. Both our chiller and freezer variants are in line with the Euro 6 regulations, which governs the amount of emissions that vehicles can produce, ensuring that they’re as environmentally friendly as possible.

Ultimately, don’t be fooled by the Citroen Berlingo’s unassuming appearance. It’s more than capable of going the distance, making it the perfect, reliable delivery vehicle that’s sure to be a valuable asset to your business, whatever your sector or industry.

If you have any further questions about the Citroen Berlingo that weren’t answered by this post, our friendly team of engineers is here to help. Just give us a call on 0845 459 5418 – or alternatively, feel free to browse our full range of fridge vans if you’re looking for something a little different.

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