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extra Mercedes, however Renault diesel is weak


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 anticipate 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 all the time had many sensible fashions within the vary. There was as soon as the Vaneo, derived from the primary era A-Class, with a sandwich flooring. A wonderful household and commuter automotive, however too costly as a result of it was derived from a passenger automotive. Mercedes then tried to make the section 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 automotive was virtually similar to the Kangoo each in and out.

Now issues have turned out in another way. Mercedes has been concerned within the automotive’s growth from the beginning alongside Renault, and the outside and inside design is kind of totally different from the Renault Kangoo, whereas retaining the Germans’ imprint. Mercedes did additionally one thing else: it determined to supply a extra luxurious folks model known 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 swish 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 may have no successor.

Nonetheless, regardless of being a van at coronary heart, the T-Class appears to be like 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, customary 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 everyday Mercedes show between dials, the T-Class catches the attention with shiny black inserts on the inside door handles, the multimedia display screen, the spherical air vents with their particular adjustment, and the dashboard partially clad in a type of elegant Alcantara that the Germans name Neotex. We anticipated the remainder of the plastic on the dashboard to be delicate, however right here we solely discovered the sturdy plastic from the opposite variations.

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However now comes the engaging half, happening vacation. Right here, too, the T-Class has its strengths. Whether or not you’ve young children or wish to go on an European tour or fishing journey, you may load up the trolley, a big cooler, a tenting desk, baggage of bags and nonetheless have loads of room, as a result of you may fold down the 40/60% backrest if it is advisable, 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 supplying you with a flat floor. And should you 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? Not likely as a result of the identical amenities are supplied by the Renault Kangoo, too. However Mercedes guarantees extra model.

To find this, we examined the T 180 d model with computerized 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 take a look at automotive, to Renault’s seven-speed dual-clutch computerized transmission. It prices 34,962/20 euro (six-speed guide 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 observed that Mercedes used extra soundproof supplies than Renault, which ought to improve the sense of well-being on board. Nicely carried out, Mercedes. Nonetheless, at over 110-120 km/h, wind noise across the massive mirrors begins to extend. However in no way much like Mercedes requirements is the shortage of sovereignty of essentially the most highly effective diesel on supply. On the town it’s adequate, however on the motorway it has loads of work to do and for first rate dynamics you want a while and persistence, because the 0-100 km/h acceleration wants 13.2 seconds. Alternatively, the WLTP consumption of 5.5 l/100 km is economical. However you may solely obtain it on nationwide roads at speeds of 90-100 km/h. On the motorway at speeds of 120-130 km/h, the massive frontal space, which elevated drag, raises consumption to six.8-7 l/100 km.

Theoretically, a greater dynamic answer could 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 devour way more. And it needs to be the identical with the T-Class.

The gearshift isn’t on the right-hand facet of the steering wheel column, like in a real Mercedes, however within the traditional place on the centre console. However past that, you may’t fault something, because the EDC, sorry DCT, dual-clutch, seven-speed gearbox shifts as easily and simply as in a passenger automotive. 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 just isn’t obtainable. Alternatively, you get a very good view of site visitors by way of the massive home windows, with solely the entrance pillar obstructing it just a little 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 automotive is loaded, the examined T-Class outfitted with the elective 17-inch wheels doesn’t capitulate to transverse joints and easily dampens longitudinal undulations, even with solely two folks 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, but it surely’s not oblique like a van both, however exact, simple to deal with and with first rate suggestions. In the event you don’t have excessive dynamic calls for, an extended drive can solely be fulfilling. And entry to the rear is straightforward due to the 2 customary sliding doorways, which don’t, nonetheless, have power-assisted closing just like the VW Caddy, and the electrical tailgate isn’t obtainable.

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A 7-inch display screen multimedia system is customary, however navigation prices an additional 819.91 euros. After getting used to bigger shows, it’s not precisely essentially the most snug to function a 7-inch touchscreen, however Mercedes has a minimum of saved the mini-touches on the steering wheel, that are very useful. 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 a substitute 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 similar to these from low value Dacia model, match very effectively in a Mercedes, with massive, pleasant-to-touch buttons with shows inside which can be simple to entry and function. Along with the help techniques supplied as customary, there’s even an elective computerized parking system for 852.04 euro.

Lengthy model and electrical model EQT come subsequent 12 months

In future, those that need much more house or have a household with greater than three youngsters may also be capable to go for an extended model with seven seats, and for the eco-conscious there can be an electrical model, the EQT. In truth, from 2025 onwards, Mercedes will solely launch new vans/industrial automobiles 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 ideally suited 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
High Pace (km/h) 177
Gasoline consumption WLTP (l/100 km) 5.5
Value (euro with VAT) 34,962.20



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