Budget carrier

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Mercedes-Benz Citan minivan

Budget carrier

The Mercedes-Benz is designed like a box, means it has lots of room — PHOTO: MERCEDES-BENZ

the new Citan minivan, a social from luxury car maker Benz.

It is a diesel, it is a manual and it in COE Cat A. It is also known elsewhere as the Kangoo (the car is made in with Renault and is assembled in

Priced in the same ballpark as Japanese models such as the Avanza and Suzuki APV, the is aimed at budget buyers. budget buyers who want to a car with a three-pointed star.

Its hallowed emblem aside, is nothing luxurious about the But like the multi-purpose Merc it replaces, the van-cum-car offers an level of practicality. Its tall, structure means lots of room. Door openings are and wide too, allowing and easy ingress and egress, as as loading and unloading.

Even folding the second row of seats, the cargo area will swallow a couple of foldable With seats folded, two full-size bikes. Even the passenger seat can be folded to accommodate extra-long objects.

In of versatility, few cars come to matching something like the The stowage area can be configured in a of ways to suit the needs of outdoorsy types, pet owners, businesses and even travelling

For instance, optional retention can be installed to separate the cargo and compartments.

All in all, you have litres of cargo space to with — equivalent to the biggest wagons offer. is amazing is that it will objects over 2.1m and over 1.2m tall.

The may be classified as a compact van but it is actually sizeable. It measures 4,705mm tip to with a limo-like wheelbase of Which explains its roomy

But how user-friendly is it, really?

Well, start with the twin doors. They are not motorised but are enough for the daintiest damsel to Like a compact MPV, its seats are at an ideal height for into and out of. And as mentioned, the enormous make things even

Compared to latter-day cars, the is rudimentary. No keyless system, control, cruise control or parking brake. No automatic even.

But you will be glad to that the wing mirrors are adjusted, the steering wheel is at least for reach, the windows are and the headlights are automatic.

There are reverse parking along with an after-market camera. And there is a stop-start to help keep CO2 emissions

On the go, the Citan is really not as bad as expected. Its turbodiesel, mated to a five-speed gearbox, offers lots of torque across a decent rev

An indicator prompts you to shift up or but quite often, you are able to in one cog for quite a while. The car could do with a sixth gear, as it feels a bit high-strung in fifth.

changes are sharp and clean, none of the vagueness you recall of Renaults. The same goes for the action. Body roll is controlled for a vehicle of its shape and and ride quality is actually decent.

Mercedes-Benz Citan minivan

Despite being a little around the edges when it to noise, vibration and harshness, the car is easy to live with. because expectations were not to begin with.

The only which Mercedes had oversold was the efficiency. The car averages

7.9 litres/100km in the world — not quite the 4.6. Other than the Citan is a cute, peachy vehicle.


Price: $135,988 COE

Engine: 1,461cc 16-valve turbodiesel

Transmission: Five-speed manual

90bhp at 4,000rpm

Torque: at 1,750rpm

0-100kmh: 13.1

Mercedes-Benz Citan minivan
Mercedes-Benz Citan minivan
Mercedes-Benz Citan minivan
Mercedes-Benz Citan minivan
Mercedes-Benz Citan minivan
Mercedes-Benz Citan minivan

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