January 26, 2020

Citroën puts new Berlingo Van through its paces in world rally stress test

Citroën UK has put its New Berlingo Van to the ultimate test, with a little help from Citroën World Rally crew.

Citroën Total WRT pair, Esapekka Lappi and Janne Ferm, spent a day at Langley Park Rally School in Essex, putting the New Berlingo Van through its paces.

Citroën UK chose to test the ‘Worker’ version because of its suitability for rough terrain, including use on building sites and unmade country roads.

The Finnish duo were asked to swap their usual C3 WRC for the New Berlingo ‘Worker’ Van, which comes with raised ground clearance (+30mm), underbody protection, Grip Control® with Hill Descent Assist and Mud & Snow Tyres.

Esapekka Lappi, Citroën Total WRT driver, said: “I was surprised that New Berlingo Van handled the rally stage so brilliantly. The van was strong, very comfortable to drive and managed the corners exceptionally well. I might not swap my C3 WRC for a Berlingo, but it would definitely be useful as a reserve option!”

Matt Weston, Citroën UK LCV product manager, commented: “WRC has always served as the perfect test bed for many of the technologies we see in our passenger cars today. This was an excellent opportunity for us to showcase our best-selling New Berlingo Van in a fun and safe way, and really test it to its limits. Although it may not have been quite the performance model Lappi and Ferm are used to, it certainly didn’t disappoint for comfort, robustness and driveability.”