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Safety Tech, Connect Up, Berlingo Wins

Australian showrooms opened the doors meeting Citroen’s best-selling van, the Berlingo. The facelifted compact van faces a minor makeover obtaining top-notch safety standards and updated connectivity options. After all amendments, the van now has got a look both expensive and impressive if compared to the previous make. The French Berlingo kicks off from $22,000 for the petrol-powered version taken with a 5-speed manual while the 6-speed automatic long-bodied diesel version costs up to $31,000. Rather expensive, if compared to the Berlingo class rivals, the Fiat Doblo (sprinting about $22,000) and the French fellow Renault Kangoo (starting at $21,000), not to mention the Volkswagen Caddy, the segment leader (pricing about $22,600).

However, the admirers would appraise new updating for the restyled model (especially dealing with the Australian automotive market) with a new grille and impressive bumpers. A developed version features 7.0-inch touch screen matched with a reversing camera (the French car maker claims this feature coming standard and rather new for this sector). As for the connectivity, it beats the limits: MirrorLink for Android system as well as Apple CarPlay, alongside with Bluetooth and Siri Eyes Free are just several options to be refreshed. The Berlingo boasts also new safety gear (comes as a standard) together with traction control and electronic stability systems. LED running lights, wing mirrors, updated wheel covers and paint-coded bumpers are available optionally. The powertrain however remains still unchanged.