Mercedes-Benz Vito Review & Buyers' Guide
£17,420 – £34,720
Available as: Van, Crew Van, Refrigerated, Minibus, Taxi, Sport, Sport-X Engine options:2.1TD 95/136/163hp
3.0V6TD 224hpVolume (m³): 4.6 – 5.7 Payload (kg): 850 – 1,080
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Merc’s Vito is a really well built, class act. A revised line-up with Euro 5 engines went on sale in the UK in autumn 2010.
If you want to make a statement about your business and its aspirations, then opting for a van that bears the three-pointed star is not a bad way of doing it. That of course is the badge that adorns Mercedes-Benz’s Vito.
We’re talking about a van that comes with three body lengths — Compact, Long and Extra-long. The Long is up for grabs with a, rather ungainly-looking, high roof as an option.
Cargo areas range from 4.7m3 to 6.5m3 while payload capacities extend from 850kg to 1,125kg. Electronic Stability Programme comes as standard along with ABS, Brake Assist, Electronic Brakeforce Distribution and traction control.
Power is provided by a 2.1-litre diesel on offer at 95hp/250Nm, 136hp/310Nm or 163hp/360Nm. If you want a lot more power then you can always opt for the mighty 3.0-litre V6 diesel, which generates a hefty 224hp and peak torque of 440Nm. The battery-powered Vito E-CELL has joined the line-up and it's built on the production line, alongside the diesel derivatives.
You can order Vito as a 4x2, a 4x4 and with either a six-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmission.
Vito’s cab is a pleasant-enough working environment with only one annoying drawback; it comes with a foot-operated parking brake. You release it by tugging a lever on the dashboard to the accompaniment of a loud bang. What’s so wrong with fitting a conventional handbrake lever?
Out on the highway the handling is neutral and Vito offers a composed ride under most conditions. The quality of the manual ’box’s shift is well up to Mercedes-Benz’s usual standard and the V6 offers road-blistering performance. All in all it’s a van with few drawbacks.
For your money you get a three-year/unlimited-mile warranty. Service intervals are at 18,000 miles.
Check out the Dualiner, which has a second row of seats plus a cargo area at the back. Take a look at the Traveliner passenger-shifter too. And there's even a fully specced 'Black Cab' taxi version complete with rear-wheel steering. Top spec Sport and Sport-X models joined the line-up in July 2011 (see News Story).
An-all-new third generation Vito is going on sale in the UK March 2015…