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Mercedes-Benz Citan Review 2023

The latest offering from Mercedes-Benz, the Citan, marks an exciting entry into the compact van segment, combining the brand's signature luxury and refinement with practicality and versatility. As a versatile and agile urban haulier, the Citan impresses with its stylish design, high-end interior, and an array of innovative features.

Rivals to the Mercedes-Benz Citan include the Renault Kangoo, Citroen Berlingo and Peugeot Partner.

Our Mercedes-Benz Citan review covers:

Mercedes-Benz Citan Key Features

  • Fresh and modern design with sleek lines and a prominent grille
  • Spacious and ergonomically cabin offering a comfortable driving experience
  • Maximum load volume: 2.9 cubic metres
  • Limited to diesel power and standard wheelbase form
  • Two trim levels are available: Progressive and Premium

Mercedes-Benz Citan Pros and Cons:


  • Versatility
  • Manoeuvrability
  • Cargo Capacity


  • Expensive 
  • Rear Visibility
  • Limited Engine Choices

Design, Practicality and Boot Space

The design of the new Mercedes-Benz Citan reflects the brand's modern aesthetic while maintaining a practical and functional approach. The exterior showcases clean lines, a sculpted body, and a distinctive front grille that's in line with Mercedes-Benz's design language. The sleek and stylish appearance not only enhances the Citan's visual appeal but also contributes to improved aerodynamics.

Inside, the Citan's cabin exudes a sense of luxury and refinement. Premium materials, meticulous craftsmanship, and attention to detail are evident throughout. The layout is driver-focused, with intuitive controls and a well-organized dashboard. Depending on the trim level, you can expect to find features such as a high-resolution infotainment screen, leather upholstery, and various customization options to personalize the interior to your preferences.

Mercedes-Benz Citan Exterior

Practicality is a key feature of the Mercedes-Benz Citan, catering to a wide range of needs from business to personal use. The Citan comes in various configurations, including a panel van, a crew van, and a passenger version. This adaptability makes it suitable for urban deliveries, commercial applications, and even as a family vehicle.

The boot space in the Citan varies depending on the configuration and the way the seating is arranged. The Mercedes-Benz Citan Maximum load volume is 2.9 cubic metres. In the cargo van version, the rear cargo area is designed to maximize space efficiency. With the seats folded down, the Citan offers a generous cargo capacity, allowing you to transport goods or equipment with ease. In the passenger version, the rear seats can be adjusted or removed to create more space for luggage or other belongings.

Interior and Trims

The interior of the new Mercedes-Benz Citan offers a blend of luxury, comfort, and functionality. It reflects the brand's commitment to providing a premium driving experience even in the compact van segment. The design and quality of materials used contribute to a refined atmosphere, making the Citan's cabin a pleasant place to spend time.

High-quality materials, including soft-touch surfaces, premium upholstery options, and well-finished trim pieces, create an upscale ambiance. The Citan is equipped with modern infotainment systems that offer touchscreen interfaces, navigation, smartphone integration (such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto), and connectivity features. These systems enhance convenience, entertainment, and connectivity while on the road.

The cabin layout is designed to be ergonomic, placing controls within easy reach of the driver. This promotes a comfortable and intuitive driving experience, especially during long journeys.

Two trim levels are available: Progressive and Premium. 

All variants feature a complete-width partition, a single sliding side entrance for accessing the cargo space, rear doors with the ability to open up to a wide 180 degrees, a seven-inch touchscreen incorporating Mercedes' MBUX infotainment platform, along with support for smartphone connectivity via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Additionally, it includes a reversing camera, rear parking sensors, air-conditioning, and heated exterior mirrors.

Opting for the Premium trim you gain body-coloured bumpers, 16-inch 10-spoke alloy wheels, LED headlights, chrome accents for the interior, and high-beam assist. The opportunity to include extra features is also available, such as wireless charging for your mobile device, an additional sliding side door, tire pressure monitoring, keyless go functionality, blind spot assistance, and an active lane-keeping assistance system.

Power and Performance

The power and performance of the new Mercedes-Benz Citan are designed to provide a balance between efficiency, versatility, and urban manoeuvrability. The Citan offers a range of powertrain options to cater to various driving needs and preferences, making it suitable for both city driving and longer journeys.

The Citan's performance is characterized by its agile handling and responsive driving dynamics. Its compact size and well-tuned suspension allow for easy manoeuvring through city streets, making it suitable for urban commuting and navigating tight spaces.

Unlike its counterparts from French and Japanese manufacturers, the new Mercedes-Benz Citan does not offer a petrol engine option. Instead, it is equipped with a 1.5-liter four-cylinder diesel engine. In the UK market, all models of the Citan are configured to deliver 94bhp and 260Nm of torque. The standard transmission is a six-speed manual gearbox, and for those seeking an automatic option, a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission is available.

At present, the Citan lineup exclusively features diesel powertrains and is available in the standard wheelbase configuration. This configuration provides a maximum load volume of 2.9 cubic meters, making it suitable for various hauling needs.

Overall the Mercedes-Benz Citan offers a compelling blend of luxury, practicality, and efficiency. The Citan's overall package is undeniably appealing. For urban dwellers, business owners, and families seeking a refined yet practical vehicle, the Mercedes-Benz Citan is a noteworthy contender that lives up to the brand's reputation.

Leasing vs Buying

The Mercedes-Benz Citan is now available for purchase at a starting on-the-road price of £25,572.00*, or it can be leased with monthly payments starting from £376.22.

If you're considering leasing a Mercedes-Benz Citan, we proudly offer excellent car leasing services in the UK. Our leasing deals include a manufacturer's warranty, road tax, breakdown insurance, and free delivery to most areas of the UK mainland (excluding specific regions).

Leasing a Mercedes-Benz Citan can often be a more financially advantageous option compared to purchasing outright, thanks to the fixed monthly payments, variable mileage options, low initial rental, and flexible contract durations.

It's important to note that the 'on-the-road' price mentioned includes a year's road fund license, DVLA first registration fee, and a number plate fee. Please be aware that this price is accurate at the time of publication and is subject to change. To get the most up-to-date information, we recommend contacting your nearest retailer.