Mercedes-Benz Citan (2013 - )
Last updated 27 November 2013
The improvements made by Mercedes-Benz to the side airbag deployment proved successful and the Citan scored maximum points in the side barrier test with good protection of all body regions.
Mercedes-Benz hasn't had a small van before so rather than start from scratch with the Citan, its alternative to the likes of the Volkswagen Caddy, the manufacturer worked with Renault. That explains why the Citan's profile looks familiar - it's actually based on a Kangoo but this is much more than just a rebadged Renault. Mercedes-Benz has made big changes throughout and the result is small van that's just as good as its larger Vito and Sprinter models.
It's available in three lengths and alongside the standard and long wheelbase models, Mercedes-Benz is offering the compact version which is no longer available in the Kangoo range. As well as the standard panel van there is a Dualiner crew van and interestingly a Traveliner which is essentially a small people carrier. All versions drive very well with nicely weighted steering and a comfortable ride, even when fully laden, but what really shines through is the impressive refinement. Make no mistake this feels every inch a Mercedes-Benz van.
The mainstay engine is a 1.5-litre diesel which comes in varying outputs of 75PS, 90PS and 110PS. There is also a 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine with 114PS. The most economical model is the 109 CDI BlueEfficiency which averages a claimed 65.7mpg with CO2 of 112g/km. The two lower powered diesel models have five-speed manual gearboxes while the larger diesel and the petrol engine both come with a six-speed.
The Citan is by no means the cheapest small van around - in fact it's one of the most expensive - but it does feel a cut above the competition in terms of quality and refinement. If you spend all day behind the wheel you'll appreciate the difference. The cabin feels robust, it handles well and it's safe too with all models getting an advanced ESP system as standard.
Mercedes-Benz says: "While the Citan canʼt actually do the work for you, it can make your job a lot easier – whatever your trade. With its versatility and adaptability, the new Mercedes-Benz Citan provides answers to a huge and diverse range of requirements of an urban delivery van." www.mercedes-benz.co.uk