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MERCEDES-BENZ CITAN L3 DIESEL

111CDI Pure Van

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Fuel Type
Fuel Type Diesel
Mileage
Mileage 58.90mpg
Co2
Co2 125.00g/km
Transmission
Transmission Manual

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MERCEDES-BENZ CITAN 111CDI Pure Van

- Independent review from Car and Driving
  • Performance
    7
  • Handling
    7
  • Comfort
    7
  • Space
    7
  • Styling
    7
  • Build
    6
  • Value
    6
  • Equipment
    7
  • Economy
    8
  • Depreciation
    6
  • Insurance
    7

The second generation version of Mercedes' Citan compact van might just be the image your company needs, thinks Jonathan Crouch

Background

What might the Mercedes of small vans be like? Well, back in 2012, with the little Citan LCV, we had our answer. Except that it wasn't really a Mercedes but a Renault Kangoo with a fairly extreme makeover. As is this second generation model. Unlike its rivals though, when Mercedes does badge engineering, the end result is more than just badge-changed. Like its predecessor, this MK2 Citan looks different from its Renault cousin outside, feels different inside and drives differently too, even though all the engines are the same. As before, there's a choice of short or long wheelbase models and a people carrying Tourer variant cells alongside the panel van that's our focus here.

Driving Experience

There's a choice of petrol and diesel engines, plus a full-Electric eCitan version for the first time - and not before time, given that the previous model could have offered an EV option but didn't. Most businesses will still want a diesel - there's a choice of 75, 95 and 116hp versions of the 1.5-litre Renault diesel familiar from before, respectively badged 108 CDi, 110 CDI and 112 CDI. The mid-range 110CDI variant most will probably choose takes a lethargic 15.5s to get to 62mph, but 260Nm of torque accessed through a 6-speed gearbox makes it nippy enough for urban use. Customers are also offered a 1.3 litre petrol engine with either 102 or 131hp (models respectively badged '110' and '113'). The standard transmission choice is primarily based around that 6-speed manual gearbox, but selected variants also offer the option of a 7-speed dual clutch auto. Obviously the full-Electric eCitan variant has to have an auto, which works with a 101hp electric motor and 44kWh battery with a range of 286 miles. Mercedes says that all versions of this MK2 Citan are significantly quieter than their predecessors, thanks to the addition of extra sound deadening that better insulates the interior from engine and road noise. And this second generation model also gets a decent dose of the camera-driven driving aids and camera safety equipment that its predecessor lacked - features like adaptive cruise control and blind spot monitoring.

Design and Build

Unless someone told you about this Citan's Renault Kangoo ancestry, you wouldn't guess it from a glance at the thing. Instead, if Mercedes was going to make a compact van, this is pretty much how you'd expect it to look, with hints of B-Class and Sprinter and a large grille with the usual big Three Pointed Star in the centre. As you'd expect in this class, there's a choice of short or long wheelbase body styles and a single roof height. Inside, somewhat predictably, it's all a lot nicer than you might ever expect a van to be. The round air vents from the brand's passenger cars feature, though here they usually have a gloss black finish. And there's a 5.5-inch central MBUX infotainment screen with clear graphics and loads of media connectivity, plus 'Hey Mercedes' voice functionality. Because the display is quite small, the ventilation controls remain separated out beneath it.

Market and Model

Think in terms of an asking price span of around £20,000 to £25,000 (ex VAT) for a diesel Citan and you shouldn't be too far out. Obviously, you'll need to pay a bit more if you want the full-electric eCitan version. We would want to keep some budget aside for the useful folding seat arrangement which sees the passenger chair collapse and the mesh bulkhead hinge to one side to leave completely flat floor that runs from the rear doors into the passenger foot well. You don't have to pay extra for strong standards of basic safety. There's a robust body structure with energy-absorbing dissipation paths and driving assistance and parking systems that observe the traffic and surroundings and, if necessary, can issue warnings or assist the driver by intervening. As in the new generations of the Mercedes CClass and SClass, Active Lane Keeping Assist uses steering interventions as opposed to braking. In addition to the legally required ABS and ESP systems, Citan models are also equipped with Hill Start Assist, Crosswind Assist, the fatigue-warning system ATTENTION ASSIST and the Mercedes-Benz emergency call system as standard. Plus there are up to six airbags.

Practicalities and Costs

The Citan combines compact exterior dimensions (length: 4498mm) with a generous amount of space. Even in the short wheelbase variant (2716mm), the Citan offers much more space compared with the predecessor model. The short wheelbase panel van load compartment length, for example, is a useful 3.05 metres to the flexible partition wall. As usual in this segment, one sliding door is standard and a second is optional. Each will offer a wide opening measuring 615mm. The height of the load compartment opening is 1059mm. The loading sill of the panel van sits at a height of 59cm. Meanwhile, the two sections of the rear doors can be blocked at an angle of 90 degrees and can even be moved through 180 degrees to the sides of the vehicle. The doors are asymmetrical, whereby the left-hand door is wider and has to be opened first. As for total capacity, well it isn't quite as straightforward as simply choosing the right body size - select either the 3.3m3 short wheelbase model or the 4.2m3 long wheelbase version. That's because in each case, there's the option to specify a fold-forward front seat that can boost said figures by quite a lot; to 3.9m3 for the shorter version and to as much as 4.9m3 for the lengthier variant. And payload? Well for standard versions of this van, this is limited to around 600kgs, but an 'increased payload' option can boost this to around 800kgs, while the lengthier long wheelbase variant with this option fitted can take around a tonne. All models can squeeze in a standard Euro pallet thanks to the generous width between the wheel arches that all Citans share. Costs are kept well in check thanks to the proven Renault engineering. Take the class-competitive CO2 readings posted across the range for instance: 131g/km (108 CDI and 110 CDI), 138g/km (112 CDI), 147g/km (110) and 146g/km (113). We gave you the 286 mile driving range of the eCitan full-Electric version earlier. At rapid charging stations, the battery is expected to take 40 minutes to charge from 10 to 80 percent.

Summary

This second generation Citan borrows from what is in our view the most improved compact van on the market - the MK2 Renault Kangoo - and adds a Mercedes sheen to the whole package that will particularly appeal to owner drivers. And the whole proposition obviously makes sense if your company fleet already includes larger Mercedes Vito and Sprinter vans and need some smaller ones for urban deliveries. Overall, this Citan is good enough - and distinct enough - to credibly wear the Three-Pointed Star and justify its premium as a quality choice in the compact van segment. The way it looks, the way it drives and the way it'll feel to own and use this van are all unique. As will be the impression your business will make in running one. Imagine, say, you're running a gourmet food business or delivering fresh flowers. Like it or not, you're going to create more of an impression of quality arriving in a Mercedes-Benz. Of course, all that would be an irrelevance if the practicalities and economics of this vehicle didn't stack up. Fortunately for the German brand, proven Renault underpinnings and engineware ensure that they do.

Driver Convenience

  • Bluetooth
  • Cruise control and variable speed limiter
  • PAS
  • Seatbelt warning indicator
  • Trip computer

Entertainment

  • Aux input socket
  • USB connection

Exterior Features

  • Air drying for windscreen and side windows
  • Aspherically curved exterior mirror glass
  • Automatic hazard light activation under emergency braking
  • Daytime running lights
  • Electric front windows
  • Electrically heated and adjustable door mirrors
  • Heat insulating glass
  • Third rear brake light

Interior Features

  • Driver and passengers sunvisors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Interior lamp with switch on the D pillar and 3 way setting
  • Lima cloth upholstery
  • Load securing rings
  • Locking glovebox
  • Overhead storage
  • Pollen filter
  • Storage compartments in doors
  • Sun visor in windscreen behind the rear-view mirror
  • Sunblind with pocket on driver and passenger side
  • Wooden floor

Safety

  • Drivers airbag
  • Height adjustable seatbelts + pretensioners + force limiters

Security

  • Central locking

Technical

  • 12v electric socket in base of driver's seat
  • 18L AdBlue tank
  • ABS
  • Adaptive ESP
  • Alternator management
  • Blue efficiency with battery
  • Brake assist
  • ECO Start/stop function
  • Hill start assist

Wheels

  • Spare wheel

Emissions - ICE

  • CO
    Not Available
  • CO2
    125
  • HC
    Not Available
  • HC+NOx
    Not Available
  • Noise Level dB(A)
    Not Available
  • NOx
    Not Available
  • Particles
    Not Available
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6

Engine and Drive Train

  • Automatic Transmission
    No
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Yes
  • CC
    1461
  • Cylinder Layout
    IN-LINE
  • Cylinders
    4
  • Engine Layout
    FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Engine Make
    Not Available
  • Fuel Delivery
    COMMON RAIL
  • Fuel Type
    DIESEL
  • Gears
    6 SPEED
  • Manual Transmission
    Yes

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC
    Yes
  • EC Combined
    58.9
  • EC Extra Urban
    64.2
  • EC Urban
    53.3

General

  • Alternator Amps
    150
  • Badge Engine CC
    1.5
  • Badge Power
    114
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Battery Volts
    14
  • Chassis Engine Number
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    Not Available
  • Coin Gross Vehicle Weight Code
    Not Available
  • Coin Power Output Code
    Not Available
  • Coin Series
    Not Available
  • Coin Wheelbase Description Code
    Not Available
  • Coin Wheelbase Name Code
    Not Available
  • Exhaust System
    CATALYTIC CONVERTER
  • Front Brakes
    DISCS
  • Front Suspension
    MC PHERSON
  • Generation Mark
    1
  • Ghost model for valuation purposes
    No
  • Hand Brake
    REAR
  • Insurance Group 1
    Not Available
  • Insurance Group 2
    Not Available
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    Not Available
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    Not Available
  • Rear Brakes
    DISCS
  • Running Cost League Headings
    Not Available
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
    Unlimited
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
    3
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    N1
  • Vin/Frame No.
    Not Available

Performance

  • BHP
    114
  • Engine Power KW
    85
  • Engine Power RPM
    3750
  • Engine Torque LBS.FT
    192
  • Engine Torque MKG
    26.5
  • Engine Torque NM
    260
  • Engine Torque RPM
    1750

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    No
  • Automatic Clutch
    No
  • Plated 3rd Axle
    Not Available
  • Plated 4th Axle
    Not Available
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Make
    Not Available
  • Tyre Size Front
    195/65 R15
  • Tyre Size Rear
    195/65 R15
  • Tyre Size Spare
    FULL SIZE
  • Wheel Style
    Not Available
  • Wheel Type
    15" STEEL

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Front Overhang
    915
  • Height
    1839
  • Length
    4705
  • Load Height
    1258
  • Load Length
    2137
  • Load Space Width Between Wheel Arches
    1219
  • Load Width
    1460
  • Rear Door Height
    1119
  • Side Load Door Height
    1128
  • Side Load Door Width
    638
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    11.9
  • Turning Circle - Wall to Wall
    12.4
  • Upper Rear Door Width
    1219
  • Wheelbase
    3081
  • Width (excluding mirrors)
    1829
  • Width (including mirrors)
    2138

Weight and Capacities

  • Boot Capacity Saloons
    Not Available
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    60
  • Gross Train Weight
    3250
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    2200
  • Load Space Volume
    3.8
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    Not Available
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    Not Available
  • Luggage Capacity - 2nd Row Seats Removed
    Not Available
  • Luggage Capacity - 2nd Row Seats Up
    Not Available
  • Luggage Capacity - 3rd Row Seats Down
    Not Available
  • Luggage Capacity - 3rd Row Seats Removed
    Not Available
  • Luggage Capacity - 3rd Row Seats Up
    Not Available
  • Max. Roof Load
    100
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    1050
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    710
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    1539
  • No. of Seats
    2
  • Payload
    661

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