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Mercedes-Benz Citan Review

July 3rd, 2023

The Citan at a glance

The Mercedes Citan is, essentially, the German manufacturer’s answer to the Volkswagen Caddy. The Caddy is the leading example when it comes to small, powerful vans that have a reasonable payload. Though as you’re about to find out in this review, the Citan does not just match the Caddy. In fact, it threatens to knock it off the table when it comes to the best small van on the market today. There’s no question that Mercedes is known for quality and this van has plenty of it. So, why is this van so great and what kind of role is it best suited for? Keep reading to find out.

So, what role is the Citan best used for? Well, the beauty of vans is that they are so adaptable and you really can use them in whatever role you see fit. Though there is no question that the Citan is best suited for the trade industries such as carpenters and electricians. After all, the van is small and capable of driving for long distances while also being big enough to store the right tools and powerful enough to get from A to B. So, what about the engine? Check out this next section to find out more about this great van.

Engines and Spec

As you might expect from a new Mercedes, the Citan has a brilliant range of powerful and reliable engines. This is, of course, just what you need from a van that will supply the trade industries, as it needs to be able to travel long distances with ease and comfort. Of course, the engines will need to be reliable as well as powerful and we’re sure that you know with Mercedes you will certainly get reliability. The German brand is known around the world for reliability statistics and this van certainly will not let you down. So, what kind of power statistics do these engines really have? Keep reading to find out!

The Citan has a total of five engine variants with three using diesel fuel and 2 using petrol. So, let’s start with the diesel. These 108 CDI engines are incredibly capable and have a reputation as one of the car manufacturers’ best modern engines. You can purchase the van and this engine with three different power outputs. There is the 75hp option with 203 NM of torque, the 95hp variant with 260 NM of torque and the 116hp model with 270 NM of torque. The petrol engines, as we have discussed, have two power options. You can have the petrol engine with 100hp and 200 NM of torque or 131hp with 240 NM of torque.


As we’re sure you are aware, the interior of a van is extremely important when it comes to its ability to perform its role as a workhorse for your profession. In fact, it becomes even more important when your profession is centred around the trade industry. As we have labelled this van as a great option for trades such as carpentry, we’d better explain why this is. Well, first of all, you will need plenty of storage space in your van for documents and tools and with the Citan, you will certainly have that. There are a myriad of storage options throughout the entire van.

You will also need your van to have modern, well-designed interior elements so you can spend your time travelling to and from jobs in comfort. As you might expect from a Mercedes, the Citan certainly does not disappoint in this department. The van’s driving position is unquestionably comfortable and you will have the benefit of minimal blind spots and great modern features. This will all make for a brilliant driving experience, which is why the van is so well-suited for a trade role. So, how about a few of the pros and cons of this van? Keep reading to find out more.

Pros & Cons


  • High quality

  • A lot of engine options

  • Brilliant safety features


  • Small load space

  • A lower payload than rivals

  • Noisy engines

The Verdict

The Citan is undoubtedly a well-rounded, capable van and a vehicle that will certainly not let you down. So, whether you’re a carpenter or an electrician, you should definitely consider this vehicle as your next option. If you have any questions about the van, then contact us today and we can talk you through this brilliant vehicle.


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