There are several diesel engine options (75hp, 90hp and 110hp). Manual transmission on the 114hp petrol version is available with five or six gears, depending on the engine you choose. The petrol version also has the option of a dual-clutch transmission which gives you the best of both worlds - the smooth ride of a six-speed automatic but the drive quality and control you’d expect from a Mercedes manual.
Mercedes has tried hard to offer a van that has low running costs, and the Citan boasts maintenance intervals of up to 24,000 miles. The company’s new blueEFFICIENCY technology has cut both CO2 emissions and fuel consumption.
The van comes in both panel and crew van configurations and has three different loading lengths - up to 2137 mm. Loading height is 1258mm, so the capacity is 3.8 cubic metres. The panel van is designed for easy access to the load, and there’s a folding partition option. In place, this protects the occupants, but it can be folded down if extra loading length is needed. Sliding door options and asymmetrical 180-degree opening rear doors give extra load space, and there’s a ladder flap option if you frequently carry larger articles. If you’re carrying loads that need protection from heat, or you want good sound insulation, you may want to take advantage of the wood panelling option on the walls - a wooden floor comes as standard.
The crew van has five seats and only comes in the longer length option. Behind the seats is 2.4m of space. Fold the crew bench down, and it offers a maximum 3.7m load capacity. Fold the co-driver’s seat down, and you get a load length of up to 2.886m. The two glazed sliding doors are part of the standard configuration of the crew van and make it easy to get your passengers in and out. The crew seats can be installed with an option to fold down one seat, allowing you to put larger objects in. Alternatively, you can opt for the “Fold and Load” three-seater one-piece bench. This can be folded down to act as a retaining barrier for the load - this is how you achieve the 3.7m load size.
This is a very safe van. The panel version has a steel bulkhead to protect the driver and passenger, and the load can be fixed to securing rings on the floor of the vehicle. You can decide to go for a cargo retention grille, which allows you to see what’s in the back but prevents it sliding forward. The Mercedes electronic stability program, ADAPTIVE ESP, will provide help with controlling the vehicle in a critical driving situation, as will the ABS and brake assistance. There’s also hill-start assist, and daylight headlights are fitted as standard.
There are a good number of extra safety options you might want to consider. Thorax bags, for example, are airbags in the backrests which give the driver extra upper-body protection in a side-on accident. There’s also audible reversing assistance with distance measurement for parking in tight spaces. This option alone should save on repairs and insurance claims. And if you’re doing a lot of inner-city driving, the optional reversing camera may prove invaluable. The Citan can also be fitted with light and rain sensors, which will adjust the speed of the wipers and the strength of the lights, and a tyre-pressure monitoring system, which will warn you if your tyres are under-inflated or unevenly inflated.
Security may be a concern if the van is parked on the street, so an optional extra security system can be fitted if required and may help reduce insurance costs.
The Citan is well built, safe, reliable and has a high-performance engine - everything you’d expect in a Mercedes.