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The revitalised Mercedes Vito offers a more efficient range of more powerful frugal diesel engines, a fresh face, a smarter cabin and extra equipment. Buyers get a choice of 1.6 or 2.1-litre diesel power and, for the first time in this segment, there's the option of either front or rear-wheel drive. As a result, Stuttgart's medium-sized panel van contender looks better equipped than ever to take the fight to an increasingly impressive array of Volkswagen Transporter and Vauxhall Vivaro-sized rivals.
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.
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 improved 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 £18,000 (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 Bluetoothahands-free system, plus audio streaming, USB and aux-in ports, an iPodainterface 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.
Practicalities & Costs
The Vito comes in three handy and not so handy lengths: compact, long and extra long. In the cargo bay, there are load-restraining belts and plenty of tie-down points to keep whatever you're carrying from moving around. If despite all this provision, you still forget to tie things down, there are protective panels up to guard against interior scrapes and dents.
In conjunction with the 1.6 litre four-cylinder engine, the front-wheel drive panel van's kerb weight for the compact length with standard equipment is just 1,845kg. At the standard gvw of 2.8 t, the front-wheel drive Vito achieves a very impressive payload of 955kg. However, the payload champion is the rear-wheel drive Vito with its four-cylinder, 2.1-litre engine and a gvw of 3.2 t, offering a maximum payload capacity of 1,255kg.
Keeping costs down will be a major priority for potential owners, so it'll be good news for operators that the Vito's new engine line-up has become more economical and cleaner. The brand's BlueTEC package is fitted to all rear-wheel drive models, which can help to achieve up to 47.1 mpg (combined) in the 119 BlueTEC. Enhancements include alternator management, with the battery charging during coasting or deceleration. Plus improved underbody aerodynamics and the usual benefits conferred by the ECO start/stop function.
Euro 5 technology features in the 1.6 litre engine in the two front-wheel drive van and crew van variants, and Euro 6 BlueTEC features on all 2.1 litre rear-wheel drive variants and all Tourer models. The Euro 6 engines use the established Mercedes-Benz BlueTEC system utilising AdBlue to meet the strict emissions requirements due to become law in 2016 for vans.
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.
- Cab Interior Lighting
- Centre Console + Drinks Holder
- Cigarette Lighter
- Front Door Storage Pockets
- Head Restraints On Passenger Seats
- Height Adjustable Drivers Seat
- Locking Glovebox
- Multi-Function Steering Wheel With Trip Computer
- Overhead Storage
- Dual passenger seat
- Full bulkhead
- Tunja cloth upholstery
- Bluetooth Hands Free Kit
- Cruise Control With Speed Limiter
- Digital Clock
- Headlight Range Control
- Low Fuel Warning Light
- Rev Counter
- Sd Card Slot
- Seatbelt Warning Indicator
- Tyre Pressure Monitor
- Warning Lights
- Adaptive Brake Lights
- Attachment Facility For Roof Carrier System
- Daytime Running Lights
- Electric Front Windows
- Sliding Door In Left And Right Side
- Third Rear Brake Light
- 180 degree opening rear doors
- Front fog lights
- Solid paint
- Twin unglazed rear doors
- Ec Yes
- Ec Combined 45.6
Weight and Capacities
- Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres) 57
- Gross Train Weight 4800
- Gross Vehicle Weight 2800
- Max. Towing Weight - Braked 2000
- Bhp 114
- Engine Power Kw 84
- Engine Torque Lbs.Ft 199
- Engine Torque Mkg 27.5
- Engine Torque Nm 270
- Did At Least One Aspect Of This Vehicles Safety Give Cause For Concern? No
- Badge Engine Cc 1.6
- Badge Power 114
- Battery Ah 74
- Battery Volts 12
- Ghost Model For Valuation Purposes No
- Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years 12
- Special Edition No
- Special Order No
- This Vehicle Is Classed As A Car For Ved Purposes No
- Vehicle Homologation Class N1
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Below are our customer reviews for the Mercedes-Benz Vito. Want to have your say? Leave a review for the Mercedes-Benz Vito now.
Alasdair Marshall said on May 27 2016
A bit weak on power but other than that I love it.
Alan Watson said on May 13 2016
It's ok but I would prefer a Volkswagen.
Mark Cartwright said on May 03 2016
Very pleased with the van overall.
Christopher Milne said on April 20 2016
Great drive, 7G-Tronic gearbox is superb, a little early for reliability but it's a Mercedes.
Dave Pawson said on April 08 2016
This is my fourth Vito, so speaks for itself really.
Jeffrey George Neads said on April 08 2016
We use the Vito for parcel delivery which means lots of local, stop start driving. The design and size of the Vito gives the feel of a car but there could be better use of the cab space e.g. there is no under seat storage which can mean cabin clutter. The van gives excellent mpg, excellent drive ability and is comfortable throughout a long day's work. Our work is predominately light load deliveries and the Mercedes really fits our requirements.
shaun conlay said on April 08 2016
As they say in Scotland. Its pure dead brilliant. To drive, to the eye. Its an all rounder.
Lee Garrett said on January 28 2016
Excellent van, many thanks.
Matthew Craker said on January 19 2016
Met all expectations. Highly recommend.
Sean Brown said on December 17 2015
Looking at the costs of the van and comparing the deal with other similar vans I think it's a very reasonable price for the quality of the Mercedes. It seems very well built and is very comfortable to drive. For a small engine it seems to have decent power even loaded with tools etc and the fuel consumption is very low.
James Macdonald said on December 02 2015
Bit smaller load area than I thought, but okay.
Matthew Cooper said on May 15 2015
Exactly what we needed and much more practical than we thought!!
Listed below are the customer questions for the Mercedes-Benz Vito Long Diesel 111CDI Van. Do you have a question that hasn't been answered yet? If you don't want to give us a call, click here to ask your question and we'll respond in four working hours.
What requirements do you need as a new limited conpany to set up a van lease agreement?
Hello. Thanks for getting in touch. We are associated with a number of different funders and each funder has different requirements. As a new start Limited Company you may be required to put a larger amount upfront as an initial rental or if you were trading previously as a sole trader or a partnership it may be that we will require some accounts from the previous trading entity. If you would like to discuss this in further detail, please feel free to contact any of our specialist direct on 01442 838193 so we can discuss the options in greater detail. Alternatively you can drop me an email with your contact details and I’ll make sure one of my team give you a call.
Regarding loads can it take pallets of can beers?
Hello. Thanks for getting in touch. The load length of the Mercedes- Benz Vito Long is 2667/2869 (MM) and the payload of the subject to the GVW is from 905 – 1395 kgs. If you would like to discuss this in further detail, please feel free to contact any of our specialist direct on 01442 838193 so we can discuss the options in greater detail. Alternatively you can drop me an email with your contact details and I’ll make sure one of my team give you a call.
Can the standard vito fit an 8 x 4 sheet of plasterboard or plywood?
The Mercedes Benz Vito Long 111 CDi Van is a great vehicle and very popular due to its fantastic reputation. You can fit an 8x4 sheet in the back of the Mercedes Vito Long 111 CDi Van at an angle as the van measurements are as follows 2600mm length, max width 1600 mm/ minimum 1200mm.
Is this offer for private or company?
Hi, the prices on our website are based for business users and are always + VAT. We have 6 of the UKs top funders available which means we have the flexibility to give our customers the option to fund either personally or through their business. As a business user looking for a van we can offer contract hire, finance lease, contract purchase or lease purchase. If you are funding the lease personally and not through a limited company or sole trading entity we can offer the option of personal contract hire. This is a perfect product for an individual who wants fixed cost motoring and is confident about the mileage and condition of the vehicle over a set period of time. Thanks.
Is it 5 or 6 speed? Thanks
Hello, thanks for getting in touch. The vehicle you mentioned comes with a 6 speed manual gearbox. Hope this helps!
Please can you provide a quote for an automatic variant of this van.
Hi and thanks for getting in touch. We can certainly provide you with a quotation for the Mercedes-Benz Vito long 11CDI van as an automatic. To be able to provide you with a detailed quotation we would need to talk to you direct to gather some further information so we can provide you with an accurate quotation to meet your requirements. If you would like to discuss this in further detail, please feel free to contact one of our specialist direct on 01442 838 193.
Can you tell me the load length with the doors shut. Width, length and height. I would like to know if I can get a 2700 x 1200 plasterboard in to the van.
Hi and thanks for getting in touch. The load length for the Mercedes–Benz Vito 111CDI Long is 2667/2869. The width is 1650 and between the wheel arches is 1277. The load height is 1250. For further clarification, please feel free to look at the brochure which you will find against the relevant model on our website. If you would like to discuss this in further detail, please contact one of our specialists direct on 01442 838 193.
What is the kind of rate expected for insurance? ie. for a 22/M driving for 5 years with 2 year no claims?
Hi James, In regards to insurance, unfortunately, we are unable to quote for an insurance premium currently. However, we do work very closely with an insurer who we can put you in touch with. Please feel free to contact any of our specialists direct on 01442 838193 to discuss this with you further. Alternatively you can drop me an email with your contact details and I’ll make sure one of my team give you a call. Kind regards, Mike.
How many miles per gallon can I get from this van?
The manufacturer quotes that the Mercedes-Benz Vito can return between 32 and 40 mpg (combined).
How long will it take to get the vehicle?
Most Mercedes-Benz Vito models are in stock and available for free delivery within 2-3 weeks.
Do I get breakdown recovery?
The Mercedes-Benz Vito comes with a 3 year manufacturer warranty.
What are the service intervals for this van?
The Mercedes-Benz Vito service interval is recommended at 25,000 miles.
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