First thing’s first - why are we reviewing two vans at once? Well, there’s a very good reason for that.
Both Citroen and Peugeot are owned by French parent company the PSA Group, and that means that sibling vehicles the e-Partner and the e-Berlingo share the same basic underpinnings. They both cost precisely the same to buy outright, too.
And sharing the same DNA is no bad thing, because they’re both a tempting lease proposition for business or fleet lease customers.
Both vans come in two body lengths, and are available as either a Crew of Panel version.
The medium sized variants of both have load volumes up to 3.9m3, while the longer variants boost the maximum load volume to 4.4m3.
The medium sized e-Partner and e-Berlingo both have a maximum payload of 803kg, while the longer versions have a slightly reduced payload at 751 kg.
All versions are 1.90m high and – thanks to a specially adapted power steering system – have an agile turning circle of just 10.8m, with the exception of the Crew vans.
Both the Peugeot and the Citroen share exactly the same powertrain, too.
A 50kWh battery is connected to a motor producing a healthy 136hp. That should prove powerful and responsive enough to dart through congested cities. And with a range of 171 miles between charges, the e-Partner and e-Berlingo should be plenty capable of managing longer motorway jaunts.
Both brands of van come as standard with a ‘Mode 3 Type 2 Charging Cable’. What that means in practical terms is that a full 0-100 per cent charge will take 7 hours and 30 minutes. You can also choose a more powerful 11kW three-phase charger, which takes that battery replenishing time down to just five hours.
So far so similar, then. But what’s different about the Peugeot and the Citroen?
While the differences are subtle, styling could be a crucial deciding factor. The front end of the Peugeot features a sharper, perhaps more modern, snub-nose bonnet and grille, while the Citroen’s front is more traditional while also boasting lashings of chrome.
There’s also differences in trim levels, too.
The e-Partner is available in ‘Professional Premium’ and ‘Asphalt Premium’ trim from launch. Panel Van configurations are available with both trims, while Crew Van variants are sold exclusively in Professional Premium trim.
Professional Premium models get a pivoting writing table and a load-through bulkhead, air con, cruise control, and an 8-inch infotainment touchscreen. Asphalt Premium variants, meanwhile, come with 16 inch alloys, a body coloured rear bumper, acoustic insulation, sat nav, front and rear parking sensors plus side and rear cameras.
The Citroen e-Berlingo Van, on the other hand, comes in either ‘Enterprise Pro’ or ‘Driver Pro’ guise.
Enterprise Pro models pretty much mirrors what you get with Professional Premium e-Partner vans. But Driver Pro models have a larger 10 inch infotainment screen compared with the corresponding Peugeot model, giving it a slight advantage when it comes to the interior.
Julie David, Managing Director of Peugeot, UK, said:
“With order books now open for the new e-Partner, Peugeot customers can choose a fully electric van across our entire LCV range. This is a huge achievement for us as a brand, moving us one step closer to our target of offering an electrified variant across our entire passenger car and LCV range by 2025.”
While a Citroen spokesperson said e-Berlingo was ‘compact and agile’ and ‘ideal for fleet and local business operators’.
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