What’s new: Citroen has added a seven-seat option to the Berlingo Multispace. Called the Family Pack, the £800 option on VTR-spec models makes the Berlingo one of the UK’s cheapest seven-seaters, and is available with a 110PS 1.6 petrol engine or, as driven here, a 90PS 1.6 diesel.

Excellent: Costing not much over £13,000 is great value for a car capable of carrying seven.

Good: The five rear seats are individual and can be folded or removed independently. There’s plenty of cubby-hole storage in the cabin.

Average: The £800 premium over the five-seater is a little steep, while 154g/km of CO2 seems excessive for a car in the supermini sector, especially given the modest 90PS diesel engine and a CPM of 35.7 that isn’t ground-breaking.

Poor: All five rear seats are cramped, as the middle row is moved forward to make room for the third. Individual seats don’t fold flat so have to be removed and stored if you want boot space.

Verdict: An expensive option lacking in innovation and erodes some of the standard car’s simple charm.

Citroen Berlingo Multispace
1.6 HDi 90 VTR Family Pack
P11D price £13,372
Model price range £11,385-£15,065
Fuel consumption 34.5mpg
CO2 (tax) 154g/km (21%)
BIK 20/40% per month £47/£94
Service interval 20,000mls
Insurance group 3
Warranty 3yrs/60,000mls
Boot space (min/max) 100/650 litres
Engine size/power 1587cc/90PS
Top speed/0-62mph 99mph/15.3secs
On sale Spring 2009
Score 6/10
Verdict Only works if passengers
are small, and functionality
not as good as rivals. Stick
with more
practical five-seater