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Linked for 10 years over the design of certain models and engines, Renault and Mercedes parted ways. However, the Renault Kangoo / Mercedes Citan project, which was too advanced at that time, remained. This second generation still shares the platform, engines and some technology with the Renault Kangoo. It is also produced in the same place, at the Maubeuge plant (59). In contrast, Mercedes intervened at the design stage, unlike the first generation, where the star-studded firm jumped on the bandwagon, with specs to “strengthen the premium aspect” of its minivan. The brand began by renaming its model in the T class to better integrate it into the lineup, paying homage to Mercedes’ first station wagon, the W123 T.
The design was then given a bit of work, always aiming to bring the T-Class closer to the rest of the lineup. Thus, the rounded front and olive-shaped headlights visually approach the Mercedes B-class. Apart from the rims and specific colors, everything else (taillights, openings and silhouette) is very similar to the French. . In the “rename” game, the Stellantis group is doing well with a more differentiated trio of Citroën Berlingo/Peugeot Rifter/Opel Combo.
Premium status is also characterized by higher prices. This deluxe version of the Kangoo will set you back an average of €1,500 more with the same trim and engine, a reasonable extra for the star on the end of the grille. At this price level, the main competitor of the T-class is the Volkswagen Caddy.
The German minivan justifies its prices with its interior layout, which is very different. Here the dashboard is exclusive. We also note the effort made in terms of materials with special finishes on the dashboard as well as more upscale upholstery. It’s not enough to hide its utilitarian DNA, which is mostly hard and hollow plastic. We prefer the interior of the more luxurious Volkswagen Caddy. Another exclusivity: the presence of the MBUX system with voice control, activated by the now famous “Hey Mercedes”. On the other hand, it’s built into a disappointing 7-inch touchscreen with an acceptable resolution.
The T-Class includes all the practical aspects of Kangoo, and there are many. Starting with its gigantic volumes. Two sliding side doors open up to a 2/3 – 1/3 split bench seat that easily accommodates 3 large adults or 3 child seats. It will later be offered in a long chassis with seven seats on board. If competitors offer 3 independent rear seats or a retractable bench seat, the German is betting on sheer volume. Its trunk volume ranges from 520 liters to over 2,000 liters when the seat is folded down. Very good result.
Here the seat sags, forming an almost flat and, above all, long loading surface of almost 1.90 m. It is a pity that manipulations cannot be carried out from the trunk. Numerous storage spaces make life easier, including large door shelves, center armrest, cockpit top, aircraft shelves, storage on top of the dashboard, and more. It proves that having Renault DNA is a good thing, because T -Class takes on modular roof bars that pivot to become a gallery capable of supporting 40kg. The system used in the Dacia Sandero and the new Jogger. Unlike the T-class, it does not require a tool.