Standard EquipmentTechnical SpecificationOptional ExtrasIndependent Review

Driver Convenience

  • ASSYST - Servicing counter
  • Bluetooth hands free kit
  • Digital clock
  • Headlight range control
  • PAS
  • Rescue assist
  • Rev counter
  • SD card slot
  • Seatbelt warning indicator
  • Tyre pressure monitor
  • Warning lights
  • Washer fluid level indicator

Entertainment

  • 2 speakers
  • Audio 15 radio with 5.8 TFT colour display + IPOD interface
  • Aux input socket
  • Bluetooth audio streaming
  • USB connection

Exterior Features

  • Active retainer for sliding door
  • Adaptive brake lights
  • Body coloured door handles
  • Daytime running lights
  • Electric front windows
  • Electrically heated and adjustable door mirrors
  • Fixed windows in rear
  • Glazed tailgate with heated rear windows and wash wipe + rear view mirror
  • Rain sensor
  • Sliding door in left and right side
  • Third rear brake light

Interior Features

  • Armrests for rear seats
  • Ashtray
  • Cab interior lighting
  • Centre console + drinks holder
  • Cigarette lighter
  • Comfort rear passenger 3-seat bench (1st row) - foldable outer seat
  • Comfort rear passenger 3-seat bench (2nd row)
  • Front door storage pockets
  • Front grab handles
  • Grab handles in rear
  • Heater and demister
  • Heating/cooling air duct to passenger compartment
  • Height adjustable front seats
  • Illuminated vanity mirrors
  • LED reading lights with illumination in rear grab handle
  • Load lashing rings
  • Locking glovebox
  • Moulded ergonomic facia
  • Multi-function steering wheel with trip computer
  • Multi-part full side wall panelling
  • Paddle shift
  • Quick release attachment system for seat rows
  • Reach and rake adjustable steering wheel
  • Seat rail system
  • Tool kit under drivers seat

Packs

  • Chrome interior pack - Vito

Safety

  • 3 point seatbelts for all seats
  • Attention assist
  • Crosswind assist
  • Driver and passenger seatbelt tensioners
  • Driver and passenger window airbags
  • Driver thorax airbag in seat backrest
  • Drivers airbag
  • Front passenger airbag deactivation
  • Isofix child seat preparation

Security

  • Central locking with remote control
  • Electronic immobiliser

Technical

  • ABS/ESP/ASR
  • AdBlue Technology
  • Comfort suspension
  • Diesel particulate filter
  • EBV and BAS
  • Hill start assist
  • Mechanical parking brake
  • Traction control
  • Uprated 95Ah battery

Wheels

  • Spare wheel

Emissions

CO2 (g/km)

163

Standard Euro Emissions

EURO 6

Engine and Drive Train

Automatic Transmission

1

CC

2143

Cylinder Layout

IN-LINE

Cylinders

4

Engine Make

Fuel Delivery

COMMON RAIL

Fuel Delivery

DIESEL

Gears

7 SPEED

Manual Transmission

1

Number of Valves

16

Fuel Consumption

EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies

1

EC Combined (mpg)

45.6

EC Extra Urban (mpg)

50.4

EC Urban (mpg)

38.7

General

Safety Concerns?

1

Badge Engine CC

2.1

Badge Power

163

Battery Volts

12

Coin Description

Coin Gross Vehicle Weight Code

Coin Power Output Code

Coin Series

Coin Wheelbase Description Code

Coin Wheelbase Name Code

Timing Belt Interval Mileage

0

Insurance Group 1

Insurance Group 2

Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years

12

NCAP Safety Assist %

NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09

Badge Power

Badge Engine CC

Vehicle Homologation Class

Special Edition

1

Special Order

1

Service Interval Frequency - Months

0

Vehicle Homologation Class

M1

Vin/Frame No.

Performance

Engine Power - BHP

163

Engine Power - KW

120

Engine Torque - LBS.FT

280

Engine Torque - MKG

38.8

Engine Torque - NM

380

Tyres

Alloys?

1

Automatic Clutch

1

Plated 3rd Axle

Plated 4th Axle

Space Saver?

1

Tyre Make

Tyre Size Front

205/65 R19

Tyre Size Rear

205/65 R19

Tyre Size Spare

SPACE SAVER

Wheel Style

TWIN SPOKE

Wheel Type

19" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height

1890

Height (including roof rails)

1938

Weight and Capacities

Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)

57

Gross Train Weight

5050

Gross Vehicle Weight

3050

Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)

Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)

Luggage Capacity - 2nd Row Seats Removed

Luggage Capacity - 2nd Row Seats Up

Luggage Capacity - 3rd Row Seats Down

Luggage Capacity - 3rd Row Seats Removed

Luggage Capacity - 3rd Row Seats Up

Max. Towing Weight - Braked

2000

No. of Seats

8

On The Road

Driver Convenience

Exterior Features

Interior Features

Packs

Paintwork

Safety

Security

Technical

Trim

Wheels

Summary

The biggest compliment I could pay the revised Vito would be to suggest it to be the least van-like van I've driven to date. Transit-class designs don't usually also have to function as luxury, up-market people carriers as this one does and the difference in build excellence is obvious as soon as you take a seat inside. But nice though it is to have a quality feeling behind the wheel of one of your company's LCVs, that doesn't pay the business bills. So Mercedes has looked at the best that its competitors can offer and borrowed high technology from its luxury car line-up in order to match them. The result is a benchmark among vans that you can buy with head as well as heart and one that can carry heavier loads with more speed, less noise, greater comfort, sharper handling, reduced fuel consumption and cleaner emissions. Medium range Transit-class customers will always have cheaper options of course. Nearly all though, are lacking this van's one most crucial ingredient: Star Quality.

Background

One of the things you learn early on in business is that the cheapest options aren't always the best ones. And that the way you deliver your goods says plenty about them. Both things explain the appeal of the Mercedes-Benz of medium range vans, this model, the Vito, which slots in just below the larger Sprinter model in the German brand's LCV range. Well over a million examples have been sold since its original launch in 1996 but in a tougher, more eco-conscious commercial market, this design now needs more than just badge and build quality to stave off competition from less prestigiously badged but arguably more complete rivals. Hence the improved Vito model we're looking at here, smarter, more practical, better to drive and crucially, less costly to run. All of which it will need to deliver if it is to be a credible alternative to tough rivals as diverse as the Vauxhall Vivaro / Renault Trafic design, the Peugeot Expert / Fiat Scudo / Citroen Dispatch collaboration, the Volkswagen Transporter and of course the ubiquitous Ford Transit, primarily in 'Transit Custom' form. All these alternatives claim to match this Vito's all-round excellence for less money but Mercedes reckons that it won't take operators very long behind the wheel to appreciate the difference that the Three-Pointed Star can make.

Driving Experience

The big news with this modernday Vito range is the option it offers of front-wheel drive, a format that comes mated to a 1.6-litre diesel engined borrowed from Renault's Trafic. There's the choice of it in either 88bhp '109 CDI' form or in 114bhp '111 CDI' guise. Beyond that, as before, the powerplant that forms the backbone of the range is a redesigned version of Mercedes' stalwart 2.1-litre four-cylinder common rail diesel borrowed from the larger Sprinter model, an engine which has already gained a good reputation for its combination of performance, economy and refinement and, almost uniquely for a four cylinder LCV diesel, is fitted with balancer shafts to eliminate vibration and improve what were already class-leading levels of refinement. As with previous Vito models, this 2.1-litre unit comes in three states of tune, the options beginning with the 136bhp '114 BlueTEC' entry level version. Beyond that, there's a 163bhp '116 BlueTEC' model and a 190bhp '119 BlueTEC' flagship diesel variant. The latter model comes only with 7-speed '7G-TRONIC PLUS' automatic transmission, the most sophisticated auto gearbox in the segment. It's an option for '116 BlueTEC' customers. And over bumps and around corners? The ride might be a slightly firmer than you're used to but it's an undeniably supple and well-controlled one you'll quickly adapt to and appreciate. There's also the fact that, a little unusually in this class, this van is rear rather than front driven, meaning more rewarding handling than you might be expecting and a tighter turning circle.

Design and Build

The face of this generation Vito has a chunkier, more robust look that takes its cues from the current Mercedes passenger car line up. Rear twin doors are standard for the van models, which can be opened back to the 180?? position or locked in place at an angle of 90??. A tailgate is standard on the crew van and Tourer models, as well as being a no-cost option for panel van models. Easy access is also achieved to the loadspace via side sliding doors, fitted to both sides of the vehicle as standard, with a wide entry. In addition, a full-height bulkhead is fitted to panel vans as standard. The Vito's wide door opening and well placed step mean that getting in to the cabin is a simple enough manoeuvre and once seated aloft, you'll find a cab with three-abreast seating that's closer than ever to Mercedes-Benz passenger car standards thanks to the introduction of higher quality fabrics. It helps that the smart steering wheel isn't set at such a bus-like angle as you'll find in some competitors, with further car-like cues found in the way that most of the controls are located on a neatly presented centre console with the re-shaped gearstick protruding from the dash below.

Market and Model

With three lengths, three weight variants, and two turbodiesel engines in five power ratings, this Vito offers a broad range, with prices starting from around £18,500 (ex VAT) for the entry-level 109 CDI panel van Compact variant. In addition to the panel van range, there's Vito crew van variant that combines the advantages of a panel van with those of a crewbus. For even more focus on passenger carrying, a further Tourer model is available in two versions - Vito Tourer PRO and Vito Tourer SELECT, which come with eight seats (including driver) as standard and the potential to optionally specify nine seats in total. Safety Standard features inside include cruise Control with a Speedtronic variable Speed Limiter, a multifunction steering wheel with trip computer, plus the 'Audio 15' set-up. This system comes with a high-resolution 5.8-inch TFT display, and includes a Bluetooth hands-free system, plus audio streaming, USB and aux-in ports, an iPod interface and an SD memory card slot. Standard safety equipment includes Adaptive ESP, Adaptive Brake Lights, Attention Assist, Crosswind Assist, driver and co-driver airbags, Hill-Start Assist, reflection-style headlights with daytime running lights, Rescue Assist QR codes, plus a Tyre Pressure Monitoring System. Thorax and window airbags are standard for the Vito Tourer PRO and SELECT, and optional on the panel and crew van.