Mercedes-Benz Vito

WHAT IS IT?
The third generation of Mercedes Vito van. That makes this something of a child in the industrial car globe– nameplates like the Ford Transportation as well as VW Carrier have actually been around years longer.

But you didn’t anticipate the inventor of the motor car to forget the mid-sized van globe, did you? That’s just what competitors were wishing. However the Vito has actually ended up being a stalwart of the Benz workhorse variety, resting between the smaller Citan and also gigantic Sprinter as the Goldilocks-sized offering. And also even after that, there are three dimensions of Vito to select from …

Do not be perplexed by the similarity the Mercedes V-Class and also the Marco Polo. They look the like the Vito on the outside, but inside, they’re totally various, with car-like dashboards as well as either minibus seats or the full home-from-home campervan experience. The Vito is a huge empty box, made to bring huge heaps of stuff– approximately 1,369 kg of freight capacity, in fact.

Just exactly how large a box? That depends on you. Like a Mercedes S-Class, the Vito demands you pick a size of lorry. There’s the conventional ‘L1’, a longer ‘L2’ with a stretched rear overhang, and afterwards the ‘L3’ which has a longer wheelbase as well as intimidates to put Boeing 747 air cargo bankrupt. There’s no high-roof design, since Mercedes factors if you require even more area than the L3, you’ll just update to a Sprinter.

There are 3 trim levels to get your head around: Pure comes as basic with plastic bumpers, steel wheels and free air in the tons bay. Next up is Progressive, which adds automatic air-con and a much-needed rear-view auto parking camera. The top-spec is Premium, including alloy wheels, metallic paint and also electrical door mirror folding.

Depending upon trim, there’s a range of diesel engines, and an option of either front or rear-wheel drive. Primarily, if you simply want a normal cost-effective Vito, you’ll opt for a 1.6-litre diesel and also front-wheel drive. The brawnier 2.1-litre rear-drive versions are focused on those needing huge haulage as well as optimum towing capability.

Being a Benz, you’re paying out greater than you would if you opted for a Ford Transportation or Renault Trafic or Vauxhall Vivaro. Costs start at ₤ 27,515 (omitting VAT) as well as increase right into the mid ₤ 30ks. So, besides the smugness of a three-pointed star on your steering wheel, is the Vito worth it?

WHAT’S THE JUDGMENT?
” An unfussy however somewhat stylish tool for shifting masses of stuff effortlessly”
A Mercedes Vito expenses, spec-for-spec, around ₤ 3,000 more than Britain’s favourite van, the Transit Custom. So, as a raw organization situation workhorse, it does not build up. However after that, if that was exactly how the world functioned, one of the most prominent car in the UK would certainly still be the Mondeo, and you would certainly have never heard of a Mercedes C-Class, let alone a CLA, GLA, or a Shooting Brake. There is image and badge charm at play here. Yet there is, behind the dinner plate-sized three-pointed celebrity, more to the Vito than simply a German air of superiority.

The best aspect of the Vito is its convenience. The ride and also uncomplicated punch of the larger diesel motor make it a genuinely soothing machine to command, as well as it’s strangely good-looking for a panel van also. For maintaining your organization on the move with a touch of course as well as refinement, it nails the short, and also really feels a lot more Mercedes-ish doing so than the X-class pick-up.