Wheelchair Accessible Citroen Berlingo Multispace 2012 – 2019 model
For anyone who is looking to purchase their first wheelchair accessible or even update a previous vehicle then a Citroen Berlingo Multispace is a great vehicle to consider. What makes the Citroen Berlingo so popular as a wheelchair accessible vehicle is its ability to carry up to four people plus a wheelchair passenger or mobility scooter yet is it only a few centimetres longer than a Ford Focus hatchback. Also, the Citroen Berlingo WAV is great value for money when compared to other similar-sized wheelchair accessible vehicles yet still offers the same features.
Citroen Berlingo with Disabled Access
It may come as a surprise to some, but a wheelchair accessible Citroen Berlingo is not built by Citroen instead they are built by specialist companies who use the Citroen Berlingo Multispace as a base vehicle and then adapted to make it suitable for a wheelchair passenger.
This process involves lowering the vehicle’s rear floor section to provide sufficient head height for the wheelchair passenger. The removal of all or some of the rear seats to provide space for the wheelchair. The installation of a rear ramp so the wheelchair can access the vehicle. The fitting of a 4 x Point wheelchair restraint system to safely secure the wheelchair while in transit. Also, if required the fitting of an electric winch to assist with loading of the wheelchair passenger.
Citroen Berlingo that can carry a wheelchair passenger
Most Citroen Berlingo WAV vehicles are available with various multi-seat configurations to best suit your needs. As I mentioned earlier some of the rear seats are removed during the conversion process to make space for the wheelchair passenger below is a list of the seating configurations that are available.
- 2 x Front Seats plus wheelchair passenger.
- 2 x Front and 1 x Rear Seat plus wheelchair passenger.
- 2 x Front and 2 x Rear Seats (one either side) plus wheelchair passenger.
- 2 x Front and 3 x Rear seats no wheelchair, fold up 2 x Rear Seats to make room for the wheelchair passenger**
**Depending on the size of the wheelchair if the wheelchair passenger can transfer to one of the standard vehicle seats you can sometimes remove the footrests from the wheelchair, and it will just fit in behind the row of three rear seats.
Picture of Typical 3 Seat Citroen Berlingo WAV
Picture of Typical 4 Seat Citroen Berlingo WAV
Picture of Typical 5 Seat Citroen Berlingo WAV
Adapted Citroen Berlingo Features
The Citroen Berlingo is available with either 1.6 Diesel or 1.6 Petrol. However, the majority of wheelchair accessible Citroen Berlingo seem to be fitted with the 1.6 HDi diesel engine.
The Citroen Berlingo is available in either a manual or automatic gearbox with the diesel engine variants. The petrol engine variant is only available with a manual gearbox. The later Citroen Berlingo model from 2020 does offer a petrol engine with an automatic gearbox combination.
Most Citroen Berlingo will come equipped with standard features such as Air Conditioning, Power Steering, Remote Central Locking, Electric Front Windows, Electric Mirrors, Bluetooth phone connection (2015 model onwards) Driver and Front Passenger Airbags, Radio/CD Player, Height Adjustable Drivers Seat. Driver and Front Passenger Front Airbags.
Some of the higher specification Berlingo models like the XTR and Flair or Special Edition models may also have extras such as Alloy Wheels, Electric Folding Exterior Mirrors, Climate Control Air conditioning, factory fitted rear parking sensors, Front Side Airbags, Roof Rails, Privacy Glass
What’s it like to drive.
Despite the Citroen Berlingo Multispace being based upon a van, it drives much more like a car than a van. I suppose that’s why it is classed as an MPV (Multi-purpose vehicle). With its higher driving position, it offers a good vision of the road and makes access to the vehicle nice and easy making it perfect for someone with poor mobility.
When it comes to performance it isn’t a rocket ship but having a 0 -60 time of less than 5 seconds is not generally of high priority in a wav vehicle. So whichever you choose, both the petrol or diesel engine will get up to 70 mph easily enough and pulls hard enough through the gears and is more than adequate for most people’s needs.
The 6-speed automatic gearbox is a single clutch system so is not as refined as some of the double-clutch systems that are fitted in some other makes, but it gets the job done. Yes, it has a slight pause between gear changes, but this is something you soon get used to.
Where can I buy a used Citroen Berlingo WAV
Here at Michael Harraway Cars we in stock a range of used Citroen Berlingo wheelchair accessible vehicles for sale. Most are one owner, low mileage vehicles with a full service history. We are based in the small village of Banwell on the outskirts of Weston super Mare. We offer part-exchange and can even arrange to have your vehicle delivered to your door. Check out our website at www.michaelharrawaycars.co.uk to view our current stock or call us on 01934 820077 to discuss your requirements.