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Mercedes-Benz Citan minivan

Mercedes-Benz Citan (2013 – ) review

Price from for the 108 CDI Compact


4.9 out of 5

“Mercedes-Benz has made a play of the words City and Van to its first small van, the Pronounced sih-tan (not Titan), the van is every bit as good as expect it to be from Merc. drivers in the UK already love the and Vito, it seems the Citan be just as desirable. And it’s to crush its rivals in sales this year too. like a Titan.”

Great

Fuel efficient

30 years cover

Some may not like the

This is Mercedes-Benz first go at a small van and it’s fair to say it has a stunner. It’s easily the looking small van on the market and to gain favour over the and the Combo. If you think it has more a passing resemblance to Renault’s that’s because its body is partly based on it.

We can buy the Citan as a Van, a Traveliner or a Dualiner. The Van will be the most popular and has a sliding door on each perfect for a delivery driver. You can your Citan with a tailgate or side-opening doors in the

The Traveliner version is effectively a carrier — the word suggesting it can go places — so it has windows.

Finally there’s the which gives ‘Dual’ three seats in the back a nice bit of loadspace too. this Dualiner you’re at being able to carry people and kit so we reckon this will be extremely popular.

One look on all three versions is the Mercedes-Benz grille, which call a ‘family grille’ and will soon be seen on single one of Merc’s models.

noticeable thing about the is how it extends in lengths, from to Long and to Extra Long. some rival vans their vans out the back but the rear wheels in the same the Citan is different. It has a modular so the entire rear section the wheel and axle unit back. This keeps the and handling sweet and makes the van a whole lot better too.

Merc has also made the six inches of the bonnet out of plastic so it can be replaced. The company has realised the front bonnet gets by stone chips during its and a plastic replacement is much than a trip to the bodyshop. also knows how easy it is to the wings so these are made plastic too which you can smack and they still keeps its It’s a tough little then, but a very beautiful one

The interior really makes you like you could do a long work in one of these. It’s got all the we need; buckets in the doors for bottles, cupholders, a large box which easily swallows an A4 Best of all is an overhead shelf extends the width of the windscreen.

who have seen the inside of a or a Sprinter will feel at home. And for those who haven’t, be prepared to be blown away by how nice it is compared to rival

There’s a lovely wide through the front windscreen and has put design-effort in to making the windscreen arched, and this really us to see more clearly at junctions. The of the door windows sit low too. We can out the side and down at the road when the window is wound up.

of us might not like the handbrake; not a stick, instead it’s like the throttle in a fighter-jet. But on multiple stop/starts it might be what we want when taking it on and off ninety times a day on a run. We really like the placed gear lever.

The satnav fit is a Pioneer offering and it in and out of the dash and even lets the position the angel of the screen a driver’s dream.

Our rating: 4.5

3. Ride and Handling

The I drove was the 109hp five-speed with the BlueEfficiency badge. The quality is very, very Actually, scrub that, truly excellent. It feels and stable at all speeds and there’s no in the corners.

Where the Citan wins is with its turning It’s super easy to out of tight spaces or turn in a narrow road in a hurry. is thanks to its electric steering. At low the steering is really light but at driving speeds, the steering feels like it weights up a and it feels very nice

On Buckinghamshire’s fast flowing roads on the Citan’s launch in it certainly convinced me that is the best handling small van on sale. I’ve driven different Merc models, vans and cars, and it’s that Merc absolutely it when it comes to ride and

4. Performance

Three 1.5-litre engines are available.

• 108 CDI, output 75 hp, torque 180 Nm

Citan 109 CDI, output 90 hp, 200 Nm

• Citan 111 CDI, 110 hp, torque 240 Nm

And the range is finished off a petrol 1.2-litre turbo-charged version, called the Citan

• Citan 112, 114 hp, torque 190 Nm.

All of diesel models use the 1.5-litre CDI engine (reminder CDI stands for Common rail Injection). None of them rattily and all give a great away from standstill.

The 108 CDI be your choice if you’re on short trips with loads. A good all-rounder is the 109 CDI and the fuel efficient of the lot is the 109 CDI with that has a claimed 65.7mpg and CO2 of I saw a 52.4mpg average over my route — and I wasn’t around either.

Now here’s it get interesting; gearboxes. The two smaller (the 108 CDI and the 109 CDI) have manual gearboxes while the 111 CDI and the petrol 112 have six-speeders.

We drove the five-speed 109 CDI the one we consider to be the all-rounder — and found it do with having a sixth It still drives really don’t get us wrong, but on high roads when the engine is fast on dual carriageways and I kept reaching for the gear to put it into sixth because of the noise. with this in if you’re planning to do a lot of high-speed miles then we’d you go for the 111 CDI or the 112 Citan.

For work in towns or on where you’re stop/starting then any of the five-speeders are ideal. All extremely nicely and give the amount of power and acceleration when you want it.

The fuel is pretty good for each and one but you really should opt for a BlueEfficiency of the model you pick as this you start/stop and brake energy improving the fuel economy to according to the official figures. We 45.5mpg and think that in the world, it’s likely get 50mpg. Merc drove

The consumption of the Mercedes Citan is 65.7 mpg no other urban van with a combustion engine less fuel or produces emissions. Load space of up to 3.8 and a maximum payload of 800 kg are no less

Prices start from for the 108 Compact but for a limited period is selling the 109 CDI Compact Trade for £6.95 a day that works out at a week or £195 a month.

At the Merc made a point of that it has ensured the quality of the is the same if not better than its and Sprinter and that buyers of should consider the total of ownership over the van’s

There’s a huge amount of out there now and currently the light van is the fastest-growing market area in This is because there’s a in online shopping so more vans are needed and we’re seeing businesses downsizing fleets. In 2012, 13,700 VW vans were sold and Vauxhall Combos were so the Citan aims to compete the Caddy priced at £12,950 and the priced at £14,203.

Yes, the purchase price for a is higher than the Caddy and the but the cost to run per day works out cheaper, by £1.50 a day.

The perception is Mercedes-Benz is expensive but when you the running costs, the residual and the insurance and fuel use, the represents very good

Servicing intervals are long the diesel engine going miles between services. The would need replacing 125,000 miles.

Mercedes-Benz Citan minivan

On the fuel of things the best in class for mpg is the with 65.7mpg while the is the Transit Connect with This means an 18.6mpg and that adds up as a lot of fuel the period of a year, maybe the it costs to insure your

On reliability, Mercedes-Benz vans have the best MOT pass in the industry. Buy a Citan and we’ll get 30 of free breakdown cover! is Merc’s best kept Their average time to a breakdown is just 56 minutes and 90% of get fixed at the roadside by Merc’s own MobiloVan, not from someone the AA.

You also get 24-hour servicing so if van breaks down, you’ll Merc mechanics working on it so it’s back on the road in for the next day of work. We can also a service online — and the work done overnight so our van out of action during the day.

The comes in three lengths: (3,940mm), Long (4,320mm) and Long (4,710mm) and with a side door on the left and rear-opening doors, you’re to find it really easy to and unload.

The walls of the cargo are flat and vertical too which it very easy to stack loads and a euro pallet can fit the wheelarches in all versions. The load in all versions is plastic but you can choose as an option.

On the Dualiner version, you can store the top of the boot in the back of the rear by sliding it in to a specially made it’s a brilliant piece of

The rear lip is set low and if you need to carry or ladders, then the Extra can take items with of 2.13 metres and the Panel Van has an optional ladder flap.

forget you can make good use of the too.

Payload depends on the 500 kg in the Compact, 650kg in the Long and in the Extra Long.

You get the best of equipment as standard in the class, so you have to fork out extra for you usually have to pay extra for on a van of size.

Our rating: 4.5

8. Practicality

All of the Citan are immensely practical but the gives the most flexibility. down the rear seat and the capacity goes up from to 3.7m3 and the 1/3 and 2/3 split means you can things in different ways. You can take the seats out completely.

The doors on all versions open up and secure at 90. You can open them to 180 simply by pulling up a grey to unlatch each one.

is also a rubber guard on the lock to prevent the secondary from slamming into the door the cause of many and dinks in the rear of vans

If the fuel cap is open, the sliding door is prevented from back into it too.

of all, the bonnet opens up on gas one on each side, so you won’t to fumble around in the dark to the bonnet support and hole. work Merc! Merc has colour coded the washer, the oil cap and the so you can find it more easily a torch in your mouth. And the is specially designed to jump other vehicles from

All models have an advanced ESP as well as Brake Assist and ABS as The electronic stability control takes the Citan’s load account. It comes with running lamps and front fog as standard and the hazards come on under heavy braking.

A light and rain sensor is as an option and automatically modifies the and the wiper frequency to the light and to the weather. As dusk is falling, or entering a tunnel, the vehicle switches on automatically. The sensor detects rain on the windscreen, the wipers, and even adjusts the speed to the intensity of the rain.

The mirrors are heated as standard on the driver’s and co-driver’s side so you can have a clear view. also electrically adjustable and in parallel right in to the side of the This protects the mirror in narrow entrances and exits, parking in narrow streets or in car washes, for example.

An acoustic aid with distance sensor is an option and makes it easier to and park the van.

Drivers get and you also have the option of thorax bags, located in the backrests. Teh dualiner version is out with six airbags.

Because the is the kind of van that will the image and presence of your It’s a versatile van, practical, beautiful to drive and on for as low as just £6.95 a day. of the Titans? More like of the Citan. This van has left its winded and struggling for breath.

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

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