It appears like van with windows because in essence it is that. Designed to meet continuing demand from rural French families for fundamental transport that does not shake fillings loose (exactly the same people who once might have purchased a 2CV) Berlingo’s rudimentary looks mask a surprisingly competent performer.
Sliding rear doors guide loading and unloading of kids, the high driving position creates easy seat access, there is a wide range of engines to select from.
The 2.0 diesel is both frugal and powerful, and therefore being a major seller. Handling is soft and pliant, but nobody buys one of those because of its cornering power.