It’s always good to know there’s a full, steel bulkhead protecting the back of your head from any dangerous items that may come loose in the van’s load area to the rear, but one of the drawbacks to this is it leaves you reliant on the side mirrors to see what’s happening behind the vehicle.
But PSA has come up with a solution to overcome this restricted view on its Citroen Berlingo, Peugeot Partner and Vauxhall Combo light vans.
Surround Rear Vision comes as a £500 option, excluding VAT, on our Berlingo, and although not cheap it’s a sophisticated and genuinely useful piece of kit.
Positioned as a 5in screen where the rear-view mirror would usually be found, the driver can activate it by pressing a button on its underside once the ignition is on. It essentially fulfils the same function as a rear-view mirror, with lines indicating distances of 4m and 30m from the rear bumper as well as providing nearside views, again with indications for 4m and 30m. If you prefer to drive without the rear view then you can turn the display off at any time.
Surround Rear Vision also provides a comprehensive reversing aid with dimension lines showing the width of the vehicle with mirrors unfolded, and additional lines indicating distances of 2m, 1m and 30cm from the rear bumper. Curved lines also appear when reversing to indicate the turning radius of the van based on the position of the steering wheel.
If that isn’t enough to ensure safe parking then you also get parking sensors and a schematic of the vehicle shown on an 8in colour touchscreen.
Report Card: Driver assistance = 4/5
Surround Rear Vision is an excellent visual and parking aid, but it doesn’t come cheap.
Citroen Berlingo BlueHDI 100 S&S manual Enterprise
Official combined consumption 67.3mpg
Our average consumption 48.43mpg
Price Range (ex VAT) £15,825-22,970
Price (ex VAT) £18,955
Service intervals 16,000mls
Load length 1,817mm
Load width (min/max) 1,236/1,550mm
Load bay height 1,250mm
Load volume 3.3m3
Gross payload 1,050kg
Engine size/power 1,560cc/99hp
Gearbox 5-spd auto
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