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Mercedes has discovered from the previous errors of the primary era Citan. So it continues its partnership with Renault, from whom it takes over the technical foundation for the Citan/T-Class, however the inside/exterior design and supplies are nearer to what we count on from a Mercedes. Is it sufficient to beat the competitors? First drive with Mercedes T 180 d.

Photograph: Dragoș Savu/Mercedes

Though a premium producer par excellence, Mercedes has at all times had many sensible fashions within the vary. There was as soon as the Vaneo, derived from the primary era A-Class, with a sandwich ground. A superb household and commuter automobile, however too costly as a result of it was derived from a passenger automobile. Mercedes then tried to make the phase worthwhile and turned to a partnership with Renault. However the first era Citan was a failure, as a result of the Swabian model inherited a weak security construction from Renault, and to chop prices, the automobile was virtually an identical to the Kangoo each in and out.

Now issues have turned out in a different way. Mercedes has been concerned within the automobile’s improvement from the beginning alongside Renault, and the outside and inside design is sort of completely different from the Renault Kangoo, whereas retaining the Germans’ imprint. Mercedes did additionally one thing else: it determined to supply a extra luxurious individuals model referred to as the T-Class along with the Citan Tourer, making use of VW’s technique from the previous Caddy era, which additionally had the extra luxurious Life variant.

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5,000 euro than the Citan Tourer. Is it value it? 

Mercedes is asking 5,000 euros extra for the T-Class than the Citan Tourer on the equal engine. It’s an excessive amount of or it’s a honest positioning?In fact, the extra luxurious model hasn’t been reworked from a transport car right into a sleek swan, it stays a van at coronary heart. However this van additionally has the duty to exchange sooner or later the refined B-Class, which can have no successor.

Nonetheless, regardless of being a van at coronary heart, the T-Class appears much like a Mercedes. The entrance finish bears some resemblance to the A-Class and B-Class, and the headlights shine with Excessive-Efficiency LED lights, commonplace on the Progressive line. Inside, too, along with the spherical air vents, multimedia system (not fairly the newest era, however Mercedes) and dashboard instrument cluster with the standard Mercedes show between dials, the T-Class catches the attention with shiny black inserts on the inside door handles, the multimedia display, the spherical air vents with their particular adjustment, and the dashboard partially clad in a sort of elegant Alcantara that the Germans name Neotex. We anticipated the remainder of the plastic on the dashboard to be tender, however right here we solely discovered the sturdy plastic from the opposite variations.

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However now comes the enticing half, occurring vacation. Right here, too, the T-Class has its strengths. Whether or not you will have babies or need to go on an European tour or fishing journey, you possibly can load up the trolley, a big cooler, a tenting desk, luggage of baggage and nonetheless have loads of room, as a result of you possibly can fold down the 40/60% backrest if you want to, and the 520 litres of the boot expands to 2,120.

The cushion of the rear bench ingeniously folds down as you tilt the backrest providing you with a flat floor. And for those who nonetheless want room, you should buy the unique crossbars (378.42 euros, longitudinal ones exist already), match an additional roof rack or connect a trailer, because the T-Class can tow a load of as much as 1500 kg. And there are two Isofix holders for little one seats on the rear outer seats. It’s Mercedes T-Class particular? Probably not as a result of the identical services are supplied by the Renault Kangoo, too. However Mercedes guarantees extra type.

To find this, we examined the T 180 d model with automated transmission on a really good route. The T 180 d has the acquainted 1.5 dCi engine and produces 116 HP and 270 Nm (with out gentle hybrid system), mated, within the case of the check automobile, to Renault’s seven-speed dual-clutch automated transmission. It prices 34,962/20 euro (six-speed handbook model, 32,435.39 euro), plus 3,852.03 euro for the Progressive Line.

Higher insulation however the 1.5 dCi has not sufficient energy

After the primary few miles on the freeway, I seen that Mercedes used extra soundproof supplies than Renault, which ought to enhance the sense of well-being on board. Properly accomplished, Mercedes. Nonetheless, at over 110-120 km/h, wind noise across the massive mirrors begins to extend. However under no circumstances much like Mercedes requirements is the dearth of sovereignty of essentially the most highly effective diesel on supply. On the town it’s enough, however on the motorway it has loads of work to do and for first rate dynamics you want a while and endurance, because the 0-100 km/h acceleration wants 13.2 seconds. Then again, the WLTP consumption of 5.5 l/100 km is economical. However you possibly can solely obtain it on nationwide roads at speeds of 90-100 km/h. On the motorway at speeds of 120-130 km/h, the big frontal space, which elevated drag, raises consumption to six.8-7 l/100 km.

Theoretically, a greater dynamic answer can be the 1.33-litre, 131 HP, turbocharged petrol engine with particle filter. At the least within the case of the A-Class, an A 200 with this engine was way more energetic than a Mercedes A 180 d with 1.5 dCi and didn’t eat way more. And it needs to be the identical with the T-Class.

The gearshift isn’t on the right-hand aspect of the steering wheel column, like in a real Mercedes, however within the traditional place on the centre console. However past that, you possibly can’t fault something, because the EDC, sorry DCT, dual-clutch, seven-speed gearbox shifts as easily and simply as in a passenger automobile. If you wish to shift even sooner, it additionally has a Guide mode. The usual help techniques maintain the T-Class on observe, however adaptive cruise management is just not accessible. Then again, you get an excellent view of visitors via the big home windows, with solely the entrance pillar obstructing it a bit of when cornering.

Refined suspension tuning

The second massive distinction from the Citan is the suspension tuning. Whereas within the Citan Tourer the rear axle bounces round on bumps when unloaded, the suspension being optimum solely when the automobile is loaded, the examined T-Class outfitted with the optionally available 17-inch wheels doesn’t capitulate to transverse joints and easily dampens longitudinal undulations, even with solely two individuals on board. With a harmoniously balanced MacPherson strut development up entrance and a torsion-bar axle within the rear, the 1,811 mm tall van is steady in curves and leans solely reasonably. Steering isn’t incisive just like the A-Class, nevertheless it’s not oblique like a van both, however exact, straightforward to deal with and with first rate suggestions. If you happen to don’t have excessive dynamic calls for, a protracted drive can solely be pleasurable. And entry to the rear is simple due to the 2 commonplace sliding doorways, which don’t, nonetheless, have power-assisted closing just like the VW Caddy, and the electrical tailgate isn’t accessible.

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A 7-inch display multimedia system is commonplace, however navigation prices an additional 819.91 euros. After getting used to bigger shows, it’s not precisely essentially the most comfy to function a 7-inch touchscreen, however Mercedes has no less than stored the mini-touches on the steering wheel, that are very helpful. I didn’t miss the touchpad from the A-Class household, however I do appear to overlook the previous controller, which might have been sensible on this case.

As an alternative there are two USB-C sockets on the entrance and two traditional USB ports on the again. And I additionally appreciated the traditional local weather controls, which, whereas an identical to these from low value Dacia model, match very nicely in a Mercedes, with massive, pleasant-to-touch buttons with shows inside which are straightforward to entry and function. Along with the help techniques supplied as commonplace, there’s even an optionally available automated parking system for 852.04 euro.

Lengthy model and electrical model EQT come subsequent yr

In future, those that need much more area or have a household with greater than three youngsters may also have the ability to go for a protracted model with seven seats, and for the eco-conscious there shall be an electrical model, the EQT. In reality, from 2025 onwards, Mercedes will solely launch new vans/business autos with electrical propulsion on the brand new VAN.EA platform.

 

Verdict

Higher soundproofed and barely extra trendy than the Kangoo, the Mercedes T-Class has a number of benefits over its French sibling. It’s spacious, modular and perfect for a younger household however too costly, particularly because the 1.5-litre diesel doesn’t supply sufficient efficiency.

Technical knowledge Mercedes T 180 d 7-DCT
Engine/no. of cylinders L4, turbodiesel
Displacement (cmc) 1461
Max. Energy/rev (HP/rpm) 116/3,750
Max. torque (Nm/rpm) 270/1,750
L x w x h (mm) 4,498 x 1,859 x 1,811
Wheelbase (mm) 2,716
Kerbweight/most load (kg) 1,678/521
Boot quantity (l) 520 – 2,127
Acceleration 0–100 km/h (s) 13.2
Prime Velocity (km/h) 177
Gas consumption WLTP (l/100 km) 5.5
Worth (euro with VAT) 34,962.20




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