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heycar review

      Launch year
      2013
      Body type
      Van
      Fuel type
      Petrol, Diesel
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Mercedes-Benz's first small van

Best bits

  • Refined and comfortable
  • Big improvement on the Renault Kangoo it's based on
  • 109 CDI BlueEfficiency returns a claimed 65.7mpg.

Not so great

  • Despite improvements, still feels like a Renault
  • Rival vans are cheaper
  • Feeling its age

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Overall verdict

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Driving

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Overall verdict

"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."

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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 (later renamed Tourer) 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.


Similar vans include the Ford Transit Connect, Vauxhall Combo and the Volkswagen Caddy.

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Mercedes-Benz Citan

111CDI Pro 5 Seater

  • 2020
  • 50 miles

Manufacturer Approved

  • Mercedes-Benz Vans Dartford
  • Kent, DA15FD
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Ask the heycar experts: common questions

Is the Mercedes-Benz Citan a Renault?

The Mercedes-Benz Citan is based on the well-known Renault Kangoo, and it's been significantly upgraded and re-engineered by Mercedes, which means you benefit from the input of both companies.. Bought new they come with the standard Mercedes-Benz warranty of three years and unlimited mileage.

Dan Powell

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Dan Powell

What is the Mercedes-Benz Citan based on?

The Mercedes-Benz Citan is actually based on a Renault Kangoo. But this is much more than just a rebadged Renault. Mercedes-Benz has made big changes throughout.

Andy Brady

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Is a Mercedes-Benz Citan a car derived van?

Technically, the Mercedes-Benz Citan can be thought of as car-derived because is based on a platform first used for cars. To be sure of this, the Gross Vehicle Weight needs to be under 2 tonnes

David Ross

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