Both panel and crew van versions of the Citan are available, with three wheelbases and loading lengths to choose between. At the upper end of the range the payload capacity hits 810kg - an impressive maximum for a compact van. And this is helped by the 3.8 cubic metres of load space.
As with many of the firm’s recent launches, the Citan is available with BlueEFFICIENCY technology under the bonnet. This involves an automatic engine stop-start function which saves fuel when the van is idling, along with tyres that have a lower rolling resistance to further slash consumption on motorway journeys.
Standard safety features on the Citan include ABS with ESP, daytime running lamps, a parking sensor and hazard warnings which kick in when heavy braking occurs. Tourer and Sport iterations round out the Citan range for those who need a passenger vehicle with an innate sense of class.
The Vito is the firm’s mid-sized van, and it echoes the various setups that are available with the Citan in terms of body and seating configurations. The rear-wheel-drive model can accommodate payloads weighing up to 1125kg, and the extra-long model has a load area of 6.6 cubic metres in volume, with smaller versions available depending on your needs.
As with many modern commercial vehicles, there are standard inclusions such as a speed limiter and cruise control system, along with an infotainment system featuring a colour display, USB input and Bluetooth connectivity, all of which can be managed via steering wheel-mounted controls.
The BlueTEC version of the Vito boasts an efficiency rating of 47.1mpg combined, as well as lower emissions than older generations thanks to Euro 6 compliance.
The Sprinter is the van which has helped this automaker secure its current position in the market over the past two decades, with flagship features and functionalities on offer to make it a worthy rival to the Ford Transit.
The interior is undeniably well designed, with comfortable seats, an adjustable steering wheel with finger-friendly grip, a fully featured dash that presents relevant information in an intuitive way and a gear selector that is within easy reach.
The latest CDI engines can be found on board the Sprinter, with a V6 variant boasting 190hp also available higher up the range. Those who want an LPG engine are also catered to by this family of vans, which is something to look out for when buying a used Mercedes-Benz Sprinter.
As standard, the current Sprinter comes with Crosswind Assist, a safety feature which helps drivers cope with sudden gusts to the side of the vehicle. This can augment braking and ensure that the van remains in its lane and under control at all times.
The Sprinter range consists of not only a panel van and Traveliner minibus but also a model with a dropside body at the rear as well as a Chassis Cab variant which can be paired with refrigerator bodies and other conversions as required by particular businesses.
The well-rounded range of vans on offer from Mercedes-Benz proves that it is eager to win over commercial customers and keep them away from its competitors.