MercedesBenz Citan panel van first drive review Review | Autocar

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Mercedes-Benz Citan

Mercedes-Benz Citan panel van drive review

What is it?

The Citan is the smallest van to wear a star, and the first product to be of Merc’s joint venture Renault. And if you think the Citan strangely familiar, you’re – under the skin you’ll a Renault Kangoo.

And if that a little odd, think of it way. In 2012, the Kangoo a 17.4 per cent share of the If you’re going to work someone, you may as well do it with who knows what they’re

Mercedes is keen to point out the Citan isn’t a bit of badge The suspension, engine and bodywork been reworked to provide a bit Mercedes-ness.

There is an impressive number of in the range. There are three offered in the panel van range or without fuel-saving BlueEfficiency And there’s a five-seat Traveliner MPV and a part-van, part-MPV Dualiner offers up to five seats, a large cargo bay.

the panel van in BlueEfficiency trim in the wheelbase that we’re here.

What is it like?

refined. And rather car-like, bodes well for the Traveliner Acceleration is perky, although only a driver and no cargo it ought to be. The five-speed gearbox has a positive action, and despite a sixth ratio (that’s for the range-topping 110bhp version), a cruise is possible in relative

And although the steering is tuned for of use, it is reasonably accurate, if in feel. Better is the turning which measures 12.2m just 10.1m for the shortest models).

The Mercedes-tuned springs and provide more than a of dynamics with good control when unladen. fits adaptive ESP, and a on a skidpan showed the system was to virtually eliminate the nose wide when cornering

But despite the fitment of this ESP kit, the Citan scored a three stars in its Euro-NCAP test. It was criticised for hard structures and airbags that to provide enough protection. In Mercedes will work Renault in a bid to improve its crash

Mercedes’ modifications to the Citan’s four-cylinder turbodiesel sees and fuel consumption reduced the equivalent Kangoo. In 109 CDI guise, the develops 90bhp at 4000rpm, 147lb ft peaking between and 3000rpm. Above 3000rpm, drops suddenly and the otherwise refined engine becomes

Mercedes-Benz Citan

Emissions are rated at 123g/km, and says that when this particular Citan be capable of 65.7mpg on the combined

The fixed bulkhead of our test van it wasn’t possible to see out of the rear, a rear-view mirror is still The curved A-pillars provide three-quarter visibility, and the sliding doors fitted to the Long and wheelbase models afford access to the cargo bay. offers asymmetric rear which open through 90- or or a single tailgate.

Once the van is free – wheelarches apart – anything that’ll hamper cargo. Official measurements put the area at 3.1sqm – 1753mm 1460mm wide and 1258mm and a 1219mm gap between the arches. The payload is up to 760kg.

Should I buy one?

Although vehicles are chosen primarily for running costs and reliability, hard to avoid the sheen the Mercedes badge provides. at a job in a Merc carries kudos.

And as a van for an the Citan is rewarding – as much for its spritely dynamics as its competitive economy and CO2 emissions. Only a increase in price over the Kangoo and those disappointing credentials count against it.

Citan 109 CDI BlueEfficiency long-wheelbase van

Price £14,485; 0-62mph na; Top 99mph; Economy 65.7mpg CO2 123g/km; Kerb weight Engine 4 cyls, inline, turbodiesel; Power 90bhp at Torque 147lb ft at 1750-3000rpm; 5-spd manual

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

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