The WhatVan? Road Test MercedesBenz Citan

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Mercedes-Benz Citan

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The Road Test: Mercedes-Benz

Date: Wednesday, June 26,

Mercedes-Benz pitches itself at the end of the van market. Renault does So it was something of a surprise when the selected the latter’s Kangoo as a for its first foray into the van sector with the new Citan, it is part of a wider partnership the two brands.

Admittedly it is a lot more a re-badging exercise. Mercedes has re-styled the front of the vehicle, the dashboard, fitted its own seats

and detailed changes to the steering and For example, the diameter of the suspension’s bars has been increased and the rating altered with an eye to a firmer ride and minimising roll.

Aside from changes, the Citan uses the engines and gearboxes as the Kangoo as as the same floorpan and body

Three different load are available 2.4m3, 3.1m3 or depending on whether you opt for the Compact, the or the Extra Long while payload capacities go up to 810kg on the model you select. And the newcomer is not a van: it

is also being produced in Dualiner and Traveliner guise.

tolerances appear to be a lot tighter those encountered on the Kangoo model you pick. Given both models come the same French production one cannot help but wonder is preventing the Citan and Kangoo being constructed to the same

We decided to test drive a 109CDI Long model to see how it is from the more familiar


One way in which the two models are exactly the is in the design of the handbrake. Possibly for reasons Mercedes has retained peculiar L-shaped parking lever, which makes the 12V power point that is and the cup holder that is positioned at the of the dashboard awkward to use when it is It represents design for the sake of it and be scrapped for something more

That moan aside, the surprisingly roomy cab offers a if not exactly exciting, high-quality environment. Storage facilities a deep glove box and bins in of the doors, not to mention a full-width above the windscreen.

As well as the aforementioned cup-holder is another one directly behind the lever, which in our test was occupied by a removable ashtray. light commercial also a deep lidded bin between the seats, which forms of a Driver’s package that an extra £1222 (all quoted here exclude The package also includes electric exterior mirrors can fold away electrically, and Parktronic reversing sensors.

We the ventilation system’s chunky, to use switchgear, while both the seat and the steering column are

Load area

Access to the cargo area is by means of a door on each side of the and through twin, asymmetric doors. The narrower of the two is on the offside as is the case with right-hand models, but easy-to-release stays that both can be swung 180º.

A full-height solid-steel prevents unsecured cargo shooting forwards under braking and ending up in the cab but bulges the load area, stealing It also slightly obstructs the side door apertures.

load lashing points are as is a tailored mat that protects the bed. The sides are panelled to their height, excluding the boxes, as are the doors.

Maximum load height is while maximum length is Maximum width is 1460mm to 1219mm between the wheel while rear loading is 575mm.

The side door are 1128mm high and 638mm Dimensions for the rear door are 1119mm and 1219mm respectively.

Our grossed at 1950kg, could a 560kg gross payload on the low but models with higher capacities are available as indicated and could tow a braked trailer at 1050kg.


Our test van was by the 90hp Euro5 version of 1.5-litre dCi four-cylinder in-line engine complete with a filter. Top power bites at top torque of 200Nm kicks in a 1750rpm- 3000rpm plateau, and in our the turbocharged common-rail engine was to a five-speed manual gearbox. boxes are also available and the can alternatively be specified at 75hp and A 1.2-litre turbo petrol is also available, though not to come to the UK.

Chassis and steering

The front suspension employs struts with lower wishbones and stabilisers while the suspension makes use of a compound set-up with trailing coil springs and an internal Our demonstrator’s alloy wheels

came with low-profile R16 Michelin Energy Saver The alloys form part of an package that will set you an additional £686, and also body- coloured bumpers, casings and exterior trim. is also an additional charge of if you fancy the special 16-inch alloys that our vehicle equipped with. However, steering does, of course, as standard on the Mercedes.


Mercedes-Benz Citan

The is a revelation out on the highway. Its on-the-road is so different from the Kangoo’s it is hard to believe that the two are in any way related. Mercedes-Benz’s suspension work, and work well. The corners precisely, with no or wobbling, and the steering has a reassuringly feel to it, offering ample The ride is firm, but not unpleasantly so, and the gear change is a pleasure to get to with. In-cab noise are well- controlled too, and the seat proved to be comfortable and when it was tested with a round-trip from Ross-on-Wye to and back.

There are some though. For example, we’d expected a bit more poke a 90hp engine given the modest size. Acceleration

rest was on the sluggish side matters improved as we pushed the gears. It could be that mediocre performance was due to the van’s low Hopefully matters would once the engine loosened up a


In-cab equipment is enough with a standard that includes electric a trip computer and an MP3- radio/CD player with connectivity. Delve beneath the however, and you will find of safety devices, but more on later.

Buying and running

The is protected by a three-year/unlimited-mileage warranty service intervals are set at 25,000 years. Daily engine

should be easy enough to out thanks to Mercedes-Benz’s sensible to fit a bonnet that is supported by struts when open.

We 49mpg thanks in part to the of fuel-saving ECO Start/Stop technology.

Disc brakes are fitted and rear along with a pack of safety devices as standard including adaptive ESP Stability Programme) as well as Acceleration Skid Control and Assist. Start-off Assist is of the deal too, which it easier for the driver to move on a hill without rolling There is also cruise and a speed limiter, and a driver’s

Remote central locking is plus you can immediately lock all the by hitting a button on the dashboard. strips help protect the from minor damage, and are useful given that our was finished in metallic paint for an £390.

Daytime running are fitted, so are front fog lights, the headlights dip automatically when to do so.

While the Citan’s safety look impressive on paper it be noted that a passenger-carrying of the van only scored three out of a five stars in a crash recently carried by Euro


Far better than we but convincing people to switch rivals may be a challenge in what a price-competitive sector.

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


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