Chester-based M&P knew from previous experience of operating larger Mercedes-Benz models that the first small van to wear a three-pointed star would be well-built, reliable and cost-effective to run.
But it also tasked leading driver Chris Varah to put one of Road Range’s demonstrators through its paces. His verdict? The Citan was the best small van he’d ever driven.
The company is now running three Long-bodied Citan 109 CDIs and a single Extra-long variant powered by the same state-of-the-art 66 kW (90 hp) engine. Assigned to members of M&P’s sales team, each will cover up to 50,000 miles per year, delivering high-quality Swiss Leica Geosystems surveying equipment to customers throughout the UK.
Managing Director Les Poole says: "Leica Geosystems is the most prestigious manufacturer of surveying equipment, so naturally we want to deliver its products in the most prestigious vans on the market. The brand images are a perfect match.
"We also demand a very high level of reliability from our vehicles because they cover high mileages and part of our promise to customers is that we’ll arrive on time. We’ve previously used larger Mercedes-Benz Vito vans to do the same work, and have found them to be extremely dependable – but the more compact Citan is even better suited to our needs.
"Fuel economy is another very important factor and the Citans are already proving to be very efficient, while Road Range have provided us with a very high level of service over several years."
Launched in 2013, the Citan marks the entry of Mercedes-Benz into the small van market. The range combines market-leading fuel efficiency of up to 65.7 mpg with CO2 emissions as low as 112 g/km, and is packed with clever features such as a folding bulkhead, to provide maximum load length as well as protection for the driver.
Panel van versions are also available in Compact body length. The Citan Traveliner is based on the Long version and has a folding rear bench seat, allowing it to carry the driver and up to four passengers. The Citan Dualiner, meanwhile, has the same seating configuration but, because it is based on the Extra-long format, also offers a practical cargo space. The Citan has a volume carrying capacity of up to 3.8 m³ and a maximum payload potential of 735 kg.