That continues through to today with the latest third-generation model, which arrived in showrooms in 2018 and has only become even more ingenious with its packaging to ensure maximum practicality.
But here are five facts you might not know about it…
You can get it with seven seats
For the first two generations of the Citroen Berlingo Multispace, the French manufacturer only offered it with five seats. But in this latest generation, buyers are able to get it with an additional row of seats.
Called the XL (the regular version is called the M), it lengthens the model by 35cm to 4.75m to allow for additional space in the third row of seats – making this an ideal family transport. The XL can also be specified with a five-seat configuration if you’re just wanting to have the largest boot possible.
It costs less than a Ford Focus
While some might cruelly criticise the Berlingo Multispace for being based on a van, this actually brings quite a few advantages. The most obvious one is spaciousness, but value for money is another factor.
That’s because with a starting price of £20,460, the Citroen Berlingo undercuts far smaller and more popular family hatchbacks – including cars like the Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf.
Sure, they’re unlikely to appeal to the same buyers, but if you’re wanting to get the most for your money, it’s worth looking at models like this Citroen. It still comes well-equipped though, with kit such as an eight-inch touchscreen, automatic emergency braking and air-conditioning coming on every model.
It protects car park door dings with its ‘airbumps’
It was 2014 when the Citroen C4 Cactus was first introduced to the world and ‘airbumps’ were seen for the first time. What might just like a bit of plastic trim, is actually a soft silicone-like material that can help to prevent against inconsiderate drivers opening their car doors onto your vehicle in car parks.
The Berlingo features these, while you can also select a colour pack for the airbumps to add additional style.
28 storage spaces dotted throughout the cabin
The Berlingo has always been known for its versatility, but the latest model takes this up a gear with its incredibly spacious interior.
But it’s the storage areas that impress most on this French MPV, with a vast 28 different storage spaces throughout the cabin offering an additional 186 litres of space. The highlight is the acclaimed Modutop, which is an interior roof storage solution offering an additional 92 litres of room on its own.
The Berlingo has a completely flat load floor
Space is key with the Berlingo and thanks to a completely flat floor, this is a fantastic model if you’re wanting to carry as much as possible, or long items that can reach from the boot through to the dashboard – thanks to a passenger seat, which also folds completely flat.
Without even having to fold any seats, the M version has a 775-litre boot, while the XL version increases this to 1,050 litres, with a load length up to 3.05m.