My belief is that small camper + tent is the best camping combo, but they are just horribly expensive to buy and run. I have a little look sometimes in case by some miracle I could buy a camper for, I dunno £200. It appears not. Well not one that drives forwards and sometimes backwards when you want it to.
We almost bought a Berlingo once but the garage wouldn't accept what we were prepared to pay. Went with a Scenic instead. I remember it being very vanlike and it sounded 'clatty', like when you drive a car with the back seats down, except all the time.
We've been looking at the Skoda Roomster, I think it compares sizewise with the Berlingo. Only problem is they really hold their value so we can't even afford a secondhand one.
we've had a renault kangoo which is the same as the berlingo for 10 years. We love it- all the camping stuff, dog, bikes whatever you need goes in. I'm about to chuck my DS's bike in the back so he can cycle home. You are just not paying for unnecessary gadgetry with these cars.
We have a diesel and its powerful and reliable. BUT- we might go for an estate next time because inside the high roof space isnt really used and outside its a pain to get to whatever is on top of the car. We have kayaks and DH has to climb on the roof to tie them on. A roofbox would be similarly high up!
I have a Skoda Roomster, bought at least partly for it's big boot for camping. I don't think they are as big as a Berlingo, though, which is boxier and wider. Seats v flexible in the Roomster - you can put them in a forward position and make the boot space bigger.
Less van like to drive than a Kangoo or Berlingo - but not exactly sporty.
If you get a Roomster get one with roof bars fitted as standard - Halfords etc don't sell or fit any bolt-on roof bars that will fit on a Roomster. So no aloof box for us at present.