Citroën UK has just put the New Berlingo Van to the ultimate test, with a little help from Citroën World Rally crew, Esapekka Lappi and Janne Ferm.

Hot from their podium finish at Rally Finland, the pair spent a day at Langley Park Rally School in Essex, putting the multi-award winning Berlingo through its paces.

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

Testing the van’s robust construction, safe handling and Citroën Advanced Comfort features, Lappi and Ferm didn’t hold back as they tackled the Langley Park ‘special stage’ with their usual enthusiasm.

Lappi said he was surprised the Berlingo handled so well.

“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,” he said.

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Chris Riley has been a journalist for almost 40 years. He has spent half of his career as a writer, editor and production editor in newspapers, the rest of the time driving and writing about cars both in print and online. His love affair with cars began as a teenager with the purchase of an old VW Beetle, followed by another Beetle and a string of other cars on which he has wasted too much time and money. A self-confessed geek, he’s not afraid to ask the hard questions - at the risk of sounding silly.