Mercedes T-Class/EQT (2022): This is how the new Benz van drives
Presentation and design: the successor to the Citan will be significantly more valuable
Dimensions at a glance:
• Length: 4498mm
• Width: 1859mm
• Height: 1811mm
• Wheelbase: 2716mm
• Trunk volume: 520 to 2127 liters
Interior: Up to 2127 liters of storage space in the T-Class
Swabian cosiness can now also be found in the interior. Mercedes instruments, Mercedes steering wheel, new infotainment with MBUX system are on board – and plenty of space. The four and a half meters initially accommodate five passengers, a version with a long wheelbase and seven seats will follow later.
The guests in the rear get in through two sliding doors, and instead of a tailgate, two classic doors can also be ordered.
The luggage compartment takes it up with 520 to 2127 liters; if you fold down the back seat, you get a flat loading floor. The 56 centimeter low loading sill is also practical; heavy objects can be loaded just as easily as any four-legged friends traveling with you. If there is not enough space in the trunk, up to 1500 kilograms can be hooked up.
Engines and prices: T-Class starts at just over 29,000 euros
In order to get friends, family and luggage easily from A to B, two petrol engines (102 and 131 hp), as well as two diesel engines (95 and 116 hp) offered, all come with four cylinders. In addition to the six-speed manual transmission, there’s an optional seven-speed double clutch for the diesel and top-of-the-line petrol engines.
Technical data at a glance:
Consumption combined according to WLTP*
The prices at a glance:
T 180d edition
Driving: This is how the T-Class performs in the first test (update!)
In their marketing speech, the Stuttgart-based company calls the T-Class a “premium small van”, but what does that mean? AUTO BILD clarifies that in the first test!
But let’s start from the back: Van stands for high-roof station wagon, and that can certainly be taken seriously. The Benz measures 1.81 meters in height, and even tall people have plenty of space over their heads in the interior. The T-Class is small because, at just 4.5 meters in length, it offers plenty of space in a relatively small area.
Chassis and steering are convincing, engines are not very sporty
But now we’re on the road. AUTO BILD was with the stronger diesel T 180 d on the move, which, as expected, does not make an athlete out of the T class. The 116th hp Strength engine Doesn’t exactly run smoothly, and anyone who has forgotten what turbo lag is will get to know it again despite the automatic. The sprint to 100 km/h isn’t exactly world-class with a good 13 seconds.
EQT: First ride in the camouflaged electric T-Class
Electrification is also progressing with Mercedes vans. At the end of 2022, the electric T-Class will also come to dealers with the EQT – with an estimated price in the upper 30,000 range, it should become an electric bargain.
The EQT is much more agile than the combustion engines, recuperates so much at the sharpest level that you can almost completely do without the mechanical brake in everyday life. And the chassis also irons out bad roads sensitively.