The Mercedes-Benz Citan Dualiner combines the practicality of a small van with the passenger-carrying capability of a mid-size car, but is it a case of a ‘Jack of All Trades and Master of None’? Read our Mercedes-Benz Citan Dualiner review to find out.
Mercedes-Benz Citan specification
The Mercedes-Benz Citan is now six years old, and its really starting to look its age inside. The outdated design, hard black plastics and a tiny 3.5-inch touchscreen display look like they come from the Stone Age when placed alongside the competition.
Unlike most small vans, there are no trim levels on the Citan (although there is a ‘Sport’ pack). The standard trim includes electric windows, heated and electrically-adjustable door mirrors and a CD player with auxiliary and USB inputs, but it lacks DAB and steering wheel-mounted controls.
Mercedes-Benz Citan Dualiner – load area
Dualiner models are only available with the long wheelbase, and offer 2.4 cubic metres of load volume – although this can extend up to 3.7 cubic metres with the rear seats folded as there is no bulhead. The load area measures 1,337mm long (2,137mm with seats folded), 1,460mm wide (1,219mm between the wheelarches) and 1,128mm high.
In terms of weights, the 3,250kg gross vehicle weight corresponds to a maximum payload of 700kg. There are four lashing rings and rubber cargo floor included as standard.
Mercedes-Benz Citan engine and driveline
Under the bonnet is Renault’s veteran 1.5-litre (1,461cc) K9K engine, which was first used in the Renault Clio in 2001. Now Euro-6 compliant, this engine is available in three outputs and ours came with the most powerful 110bhp/240Nm (111CDi) rating.
The 111CDi engine is hooked to a six-speed manual transmission, and there is no option of an auto. It’s pretty quick off the mark, although its not great to drive with vague steering and plenty of road noise perforating into the cab.
Mercedes-Benz Citan running costs
The Citan Dualiner 111CDi is very competitively priced at £19,410 plus VAT, and is backed by Merc’s respectable three years’, unlimited mileage warranty. Service intervals are set at a lengthy 25,000 miles or two years and there is after hours servicing avilable, although parts and labour can be quite expensive.
Residual values aren’t the best although the Citan is very fuel efficient with an official combined fuel economy of 64.2mpg.
Mercedes-Benz Citan Dualiner – verdict
The Mercedes-Benz Citan may be looking long in the tooth – both inside and out – but its completely priced and extremely practical and versatile thanks the folding seats in the rear. If you’re looking for a comfortable van with the latest mod-cons, look to Ford or Volkswagen, but if you’re after a good value and practical workhorse, the Citan Dualiner should be on your shopping list.
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