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The Mercedes-Benz Citan is the final piece in the jigsaw for the German brand. It now has a model in every panel van sector, meaning whatever your requirements there’s a model suited to you.Although Mercedes will go to great lengths to have you believe otherwise, the new van is based on the Renault Kangoo. It’s had a serious amount of redevelopment to wrench it up towards the standards the premium German manufacturer expects, and the price list reflects this.You get three lengths and three model variants to choose from. If you’re wondering where the name came from, it’s a hybridisation of the words ‘City’ and ‘Titan’.
It’s scores well on fuel efficiency efficiency (Read Best small vans for fuel economy for the full list), however the payload is fairly poor (Read Best small vans for payload to see the full list). So is this new model good enough to warrant the extra cash over well-established competition? Read on for our full Mercedes-Benz Citan review to find out.
One of the first things you notice about the Citan is how comfortable it is. The adjustable driver’s and passenger’s seats offer lots of support, while it’s easy to find a decent driving position.The location of the gear lever is another factor which improves the experience – it falls easily to hand and has the sort of assured operation you expect from Mercedes products.The dash is shaped around the driver, while all of the materials and switchgear employed feel of a decent quality. They feel tough and rugged yet work with reassuring functionality. You get the sense this is a premium product.It’s easy to spot the van’s Renault Kangoo roots though, in the form of the bizarre handbrake shaped a little like the hand throttle on an aircraft. This is characterful but makes access to the cupholder immediately ahead of it very difficult once the handbrake is released.
There’s a choice of four engine options for Mercedes Citan performance: three diesel and one petrol. First up is the 108 CDI, which offers 74bhp and 180Nm of pulling power. For this engine the CO2 emissions are as low as 116g/km depending on configuration thanks to BlueEFFICIENCY technology, which includes clever battery and alternator management systems alongside stop/start and low rolling-resistance tyres. This tech also means it is also capable of between 61.4 and 62.8mpg.For more power you’ll want the 109 CDI, which pushes out 89bhp and 200Nm. This version returns CO2 emissions as low as 112g/km when equipped with BlueEFFICIENCY technology.In late 2013, a more powerful 111 CDI diesel engine was added to the range. This generates 109bhp and maximum torque of 240Nm which is usefully spread across the middle of the engine’s rev range. This extra pulling power makes it easier to keep pace with traffic when carrying heavier loads. It averages a claimed 64.2mpg and emits 115g/km of CO2.A petrol powerplant was added to the range at the same time. Called the 112, it’s a 1.2-litre unit with 112bhp and 190Nm of torque – not bad at all for its size.It’s quieter, smoother and more driveable than its diesel stablemates. Diesels will still dominate overall sales, but if you plan to use the van infrequently or in the city for most journeys then a petrol version begins to make more sense. It averages a claimed 46.3mpg and emits 140g/km of CO2.