November 04, 2019
Joint winners of the International Van of the Year 2019 prize, Vansdirect reveals everything you need to know about the new Citroen Berlingo, new Peugeot Partner and new Vauxhall Combo vans!
Each new small van uses a platform which features EMP2 technology, meaning the new Citroen Berlingo and new Peugeot Partner vans have similar load volumes and payloads to the models which they have replaced, whilst the new Vauxhall Combo has ended its partnership with the Fiat Doblo Cargo following PSA’s investment in Vauxhall vans.
Each of the new vans are available in two sizes: M and XL for the Berlingo, Standard and Long for the Partner and Short and Long for the Combo. Load volumes range from 3.3 cubic metres to 3.9 cubic metres on each of the new vans, which will all also be available as a crew van variant in 2020. All of the new models will be available with a choice of a 1.6-litre diesel engine with 75ps and 100ps outputs or a 1.5-litre diesel engine with an output of 130ps. 1.6-litre engines will be fitted with a five-speed manual transmission, whilst 1.5-litre models will get either a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission. A 1.2-litre petrol engine with 110ps or 130ps are set to join the ranges in the near future.
All models come with a variety of different trim levels, let’s take a closer look at these!
Citroen vans offer the new Citroen Berlingo van in four trim levels: X, Worker, Enterprise and Driver, with payload weights ranging from 650kg to 1,000kg. You’ll also be able to specify one, two or zero sliding doors on the new small van.
Entry level X models start the range with an excellent level of standard equipment, including a nearside sliding door, full bulkhead, automatic headlights, hill start assist, Citroen Connect Box with Emergency and Assistance system and DAB radio with hands free Bluetooth functionality.
Citroen vans have pitched the Worker trim level as the tough workhorse of the new Citroen Berlingo range, ideal for those using the vans in the construction industry for example. In addition to X models, Worker models get standard features including: An overload indicator, grip control with hill descent assist, mud and snow tyres, underbody protection and 30mm increased ground clearance. X and Worker models are available with the 75ps and 100ps engines.
Previously the top spec in the Citroen Berlingo range, Enterprise models are again loaded with standard features, including: Air conditioning, rear parking sensors, eight-inch colour touchscreen, Android Auto, Apply Car Play, mobile phone MirrorLink, automatic electronic parking brake, Extenso modular folding seat and front fog lights with cornering function.
The new spec at the top of the Citroen Berlingo range, Citroen vans have aimed the new Driver spec at users who spend the majority of their working days in their vans, such as delivery drivers, features include: Citroen Connect Nav with eight-inch touchscreen, Surround Rear Vision camera and a six-way adjustable driver seat with lumbar adjustment and underseat storage.
Like the Berlingo, the new Peugeot Partner is available in four trim levels: S, Grip, Professional and Asphalt with payload weights ranging from 650kg to 1,000kg. Grip, Professional and Asphalt derivatives get the Multi-Flex modular foling passenger seat adding 1,273mm of load length and 0.6 cubic metres to the load volume of the new van.
Despite being the entry level model, there’s plenty to write home about with the specification in the new Peugeot Partner S model, with standard features including: Bluetooth hands-free, DAB radio, Peugeot Connect SOS and Assistance, electric windows, nearside sliding door, automatic headlights, full steel bulkhead, electronic stability control and ABS with hill start assist, emergency brake assist and electronic brakeforce distribution.
Similar to the Citroen Berlingo Driver model the Peugeot Partner Grip model has been designed as the real workhorse for drivers who need to transport heavy goods on challenging terrain, with standard features including: 30mm raised ground clearance, protective plate under the engine and enhanced traction with Grip Control and hill descent assist. It also comes with 690mm wheels equipped with mud and snow tyres in conjunction with a payload up to 1,000kg and Overload Indicator technology.
Professional trim level gives the new Peugeot Partner van features which include: Air conditioning, rear parking sensors, eight-inch colour touchscreen with MirrorLink sat-nav, six-way adjustable driver’s seat, cruise control and automatic electronic parking brake.
The new flagship Asphalt model is aimed at drivers making longer journeys or numerous urban deliveries, with Peugeot vans saying it benefits from thermal and acoustic enhancements. Asphalt features include: Eight-inch colour touchscreen with Peugeot Connect 3D navigation with voice recognition and DAB radio, Surround Rear Vision camera system, Visibility pack with automatic headlights and windscreen, autuomatic electronic parking brake, 16-inch alloy wheels, body coloured side rubbing strips, door handles, exterior rear view mirrors and rear bumper.
Whereas the outgoing Vauxhall Combo van was based on the Fiat Doblo Cargo, the new model shares a platform with the two small vans above. The new Vauxhall Combo is available with three trim levels: Edition, Sportive and LE Nav. Load volumes stand at 3.8 cubic metres and 4.4 cubic metres for short and long models respectively, with both models capable of catering for payloads up to one tonne.
Like its sister vans, the standard spec for the Vauxhall Combo is incredibly impressive, with standard features on entry-level Edition models including: Four-way adjustable driver’s seat, 15-inch wheels with a central cover and fixed steel bulkhead, kerbside sliding door, overhead storage, 5-inch display DAB radio with bluetooth, one-touch windows and electric and heated exterior mirrors.
Vauxhall Combo Sportive models add further features, which include: six-way adjustable driver’s seat with lumbar support, armrest and storage, four-way adjustable passenger seat, 16-inch wheels with full cover, air conditioning, metallic paint, front and rear body-colour bumpers, cruise control, alarm and rear parking sensors.
Topping the range of the new Vauxhall Combo is the LE Nav trim level which adds standard features including 8-inch touchscreen with satellite navigation, body colour exterior mirrors and exterior door handles, side protection mouldings and a front bumper skid plate. LE Nav models also feature two cameras, the first allowing the reversing camera to operate as a digital rearview mirror when driving, displaying following traffic through the eight-inch display, the second faces backward on the passenger side mirror which turns on with the left indicator is activated, showing any potential hazards on the van’s nearside blind-spot.
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