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Citroën ë-Berlingo

(2021 - present)

Expert Rating

New car score:

72
%
A

Used car score:

76
%
A

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

63
%
D

Safety Rating:

60
%
C

Eco Rating:

100
%
A

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

100
%
A

How are our Expert Rating scores calculated?

Expert Rating

New car score:

72
%
A

Used car score:

76
%
A

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

63
%
D

Safety Rating:

60
%
C

Eco Rating:

100
%
A

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

100
%
A

Summary


The Citroën ë-Berlingo is an electric van-based people carrier that first arrived on UK roads in 2021. It is the EV version of the regular Berlingo people carrier that has recently been discontinued, and is nearly identical to the likes of the Peugeot e-Rifter and Vauxhall Combo-e Life.

As part of parent company Stellantis’ EV strategy, all of the company’s passenger vans are now electric-only (although petrol and diesel are still available for regular commercial vans).

Described as “thoroughly decent” by Autocar‘s Steve Cropley, the ë-Berlingo has been widely praised for its practicality and relaxing driving experience, but frequently criticised for its rather short battery range of 174 miles.

Darren Wilson of Auto Express argues that the ë-Berlingo is the “ideal car for a family with a small business”, as its more spacious inside than similarly-priced SUVs and estate cars, and it is both cheap and quiet to run. The Telegraph‘s Alex Robbins adds that this electric people carrier’s price is “reasonable, albeit not an outright bargain”.

“Just be aware that its van origins mean it won’t have as fancy an interior as some rivals”, What Car? explains, “and that the Vauxhall Combo-e Life is better value overall.”

An updated ë-Berlingo is due to arrive in the UK in Spring 2024. This will feature a minor styling update, improved battery range, enhanced interior comfort and better infotainment technology. However, it’s still the same basic vehicle, so key dimensions and overall attributes will remain the same.

As of January 2024, the Citroën ë-Berlingo holds a New Car Expert Rating of A, with a score of 72%. It gets top marks for its low running costs and zero tailpipe emissions, although its safety rating is merely average. It’s also worth noting that we don’t yet have any reliability data yet, so check back again soon.

ë-Berlingo highlights

  • Quiet zero-emission driving
  • Spacious and practical interior
  • Well-equipped as standard
  • Plenty of boot space

ë-Berlingo lowlights

  • Comparatively short range
  • More expensive than diesel-powered Berlingo
  • Some electric rivals are slightly better value
  • Fiddly infotainment

Key specifications


Body style: People carrier
Engines:
electric, battery-powered
Price:
From £32,225 on-road

Launched: Summer 2021
Last updated: N/A
Next update due: Spring 2024


Media reviews


Reviews, road test and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

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Business Car

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Carbuyer

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Discover EV

+

Driving Electric

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Green Car Guide

+

Motoring Research

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Move Electric

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Parkers

+

The Telegraph

+

Top Gear

+

What Car?

+

Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall score: 4 stars
Date tested: August 2018
Read the full Euro NCAP review

Adult protection: 91%
Child protection: 81%
Vulnerable road users: 58%
Safety assist: 68%

The Citroën ë-Berlingo has not specifically been crash tested by Euro NCAP, but the combustion-powered Berlingo people carrier its based on has. Euro NCAP decided in September 2022 to extend the Berlingo’s four-star safety rating to the ë-Berlingo, as both models are structurally identical.

Eco rating


Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

No eco rating

As of January 2024, the Citroën ë-Berlingo has not been lab tested by Green NCAP.

Reliability rating

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Reliability data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by MotorEasy

No reliability rating

As of January 2024, we don’t have enough reliability data on the Citroën ë-Berlingo to generate a reliability rating.

The Car Expert’s reliability information is provided exclusively to us using workshop and extended warranty data from our partner, MotorEasy, sourced from both official dealerships and independent workshops. 

As soon as MotorEasy has sufficient data on the ë-Berlingo, we’ll publish the results here.

Running cost rating

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Monthly cost of ownership data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by Clear Vehicle Data

Battery rangeAverageScoreVariationScore
EV models172 milesC167 – 177 milesC – C
Electrical efficiencyAverageScoreVariationScore
EV models3.4 m/KWhE3.3 – 3.5 m/KWhD – E
Insurance groupAverageScoreVariationScore
All models10A10 – 10A – A
Service and maintenanceCostScore
Year 1£100A
Year 2£270A
Year 3£410A
Year 4£571A
Year 5£798A
Overall£2,149A

The Citroën ë-Berlingo should be a relatively affordable car to own and run, according to whole-life cost data provided exclusively to The Car Expert by our technical partner, Clear Vehicle Data.

Electrical efficiency (the EV equivalent of miles per gallon for petrol and diesel cars) isn’t good, which means you don’t get as much range out of the battery as a more efficient vehicle would.

However, other costs are excellent. The insurance group is one of the lowest you’ll find anywhere, which will help to keep you annual premium down, while servicing and maintenance costs for the first five years are also excellent compared to most cars on sale today.

Similar cars


If you’re looking at the Citroën ë-Berlingo, you might also be interested in these alternatives

Mercedes-Benz EQT | Nissan e-NV200 Combi | Peugeot e-Rifter | Toyota Proace City Electric | Vauxhall Combo Life Electric | Volkswagen ID. Buzz


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The Citroën ë-Berlingo is a practical electric people carrier that is peaceful to drive, but its battery range is shorter than its rivals.Citroën ë-Berlingo