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Mercedes Benz VITO COMPACT DIESEL 114CDI Van

Mercedes Benz VITO 114CDI Van
Mercedes Benz VITO 114CDI Van
Mercedes Benz VITO 114CDI Van
Mercedes Benz VITO 114CDI Van
Mercedes Benz VITO 114CDI Van
Mercedes Benz VITO 114CDI Van
Mercedes Benz VITO 114CDI Van
Mercedes Benz VITO 114CDI Van
Mercedes Benz VITO 114CDI Van
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Mercedes Benz VITO 114CDI Van
Mercedes Benz VITO 114CDI Van
Mercedes Benz VITO 114CDI Van
Mercedes Benz VITO 114CDI Van
Mercedes Benz VITO 114CDI Van
Mercedes Benz VITO 114CDI Van
Mercedes Benz VITO 114CDI Van
Mercedes Benz VITO 114CDI Van
Mercedes Benz VITO 114CDI Van

Key Info Compare

  • FuelDiesel
  • TransmissionManual
  • MPG44.10
  • 0-62mph secs
  • Top Speed mph
  • C02169 g/km
  • BHP
  • Torque lbs/f
  • P11D0%

Review

The revitalised Mercedes Vito van offers an efficient range of powerful frugal diesel engines, smart styling, a quality cabin and decent levels of equipment. Buyers get a choice of 1.6 or 2.1-litre diesel power and there's the option of either front or rear-wheel drive. As a result, Stuttgart's medium-sized Crew Van contender looks better equipped than ever to take the fight to an increasingly impressive array of Volkswagen Transporter and Vauxhall Vivaro-sized rivals.

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If there can be such a thing as a workhorse with a pedigree, Mercedes' revitalised mid-sized Vito van is surely it, as Jonathan Crouch reports.

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 88hp '109 CDI' form or in 114hp '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 136hp '114 CDI' entry level version. Beyond that, there's a 163hp '116 CDI' model and a 190hp '119 CDI' 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 CDI' 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 £20,000 (ex VAT) for the entry-level 109 CDI panel van L1 variant. There are three standard trim levels - PURE, PROGRESSIVE and PREMIUM. 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.

Practicalities and Costs

The Vito comes in three handy and not so handy lengths: L1, L2 and L3. 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.

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.

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Exterior Features
180 degree opening rear doors
Daytime running lights
Solid paint
Twin unglazed rear doors
Adaptive brake lights
Attachment facility for roof carrier system
Electric front windows
Sliding door in left and right side
Third rear brake light
Interior Features
Dual passenger seat
Full bulkhead
Head restraints on passenger seats
Tunja cloth upholstery
Ashtray
Cab interior lighting
Centre console + drinks holder
Cigarette lighter
Front door storage pockets
Height adjustable drivers seat
Locking glovebox
Multi-function steering wheel with trip computer
Overhead storage
Safety
Passenger airbag
3 point seatbelts for all seats
Attention assist
Crosswind assist
Drivers airbag
Wheels
16" steel wheels
Spare wheel
Driver Convenience
Bluetooth hands free kit
Cruise control with speed limiter
Digital clock
Headlight range control
Low fuel warning light
PAS
Rev counter
SD card slot
Seatbelt warning indicator
Tyre pressure monitor
Warning lights
Entertainment
2 speakers
Audio 15 radio with 5.8 TFT colour display + IPOD interface
Aux input socket
Bluetooth audio streaming
USB connection
Security
Central locking with remote control
Electronic immobiliser
Technical
ABS/ESP/ASR
Comfort suspension
Diesel particulate filter
EBV and BAS
Hill start assist
Mechanical parking brake
Traction control
Uprated 95Ah battery
Emissions - ICE
CO2 169
Standard Euro Emissions EURO 6
Engine and Drive Train
Automatic Transmission No
CC 2143
Cylinder Layout IN-LINE
Cylinders 4
Fuel Delivery COMMON RAIL
Fuel Type DIESEL
Gears 6 SPEED
Manual Transmission Yes
Number of Valves 16
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Yes
EC Combined 44.1
EC Extra Urban 53.3
EC Urban 34
General
Did at least one aspect of this vehicles safety give cause for concern? No
Badge Engine CC 2.1
Badge Power 136
Battery AH 95
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
Performance
BHP 136
Engine Power KW 100
Engine Torque LBS.FT 243
Engine Torque MKG 33.7
Engine Torque NM 330
Tyres
Alloys? No
Automatic Clutch No
Space Saver? No
Tyre Size Front 195/65 R16
Tyre Size Rear 195/65 R16
Tyre Size Spare FULL SIZE
Wheel Type 16" STEEL
Vehicle Dimensions
Height 1910
Height (including roof rails) 1958
Weight and Capacities
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres) 57
Gross Train Weight 4800
Gross Vehicle Weight 2800
Max. Towing Weight - Braked 2000
No. of Seats 2

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Selected Options
Optional Extras
Driver Convenience
Active park assist with parktronic system £852.00
Becker Map Pilot navigation system £288.00
Collision prevention assist £486.00
Digital tachograph £864.00
Programmable special module £330.00
Rear view camera £558.00
Exterior Features
Body colour bumpers £366.00
Body colour bumpers with chrome grille £492.00
Electric folding door mirrors £222.00
Electrically heated and adjustable door mirrors £186.00
Glazed rear doors with heated rear windows and wash wipe + rear view mirror £276.00
Halogen fog lamp £228.00
Headlight assistant £234.00
Heated windscreen washer jets £210.00
Metallic paint £660.00
Rain sensor £354.00
Remote opening and closing windows £36.00
Roof rails £444.00
Tailgate in lieu of twin rear doors FOC
Tinted glass £156.00
Towbar - electrical wiring for trailer socket £240.00
Towing cross member with electrical socket and fixed towbar for an increased trailer weight £396.00
Towing cross member with electrical socket and removable ball-head £774.00
Interior Features
Ambient interior lighting £258.00
Auxiliary hot water heater £630.00
Bulkhead with sliding window £72.00
Centre console storage compartment £72.00
Centre console storage+1DIN slot £72.00
Comfort driver's seat with armrest and 4 way adjustable headrest £126.00
Comfort driver/passenger seat with armrest and enhanced headrests £222.00
Delete bulkhead FOC
Driver seat lumbar support £120.00
Full height ply lining £324.00
Heated driver and single passenger seats £168.00
Heated driver's seat £162.00
Heater and demister £264.00
Heavy duty rawson fabric for driver's seat FOC
Illuminated vanity mirrors £108.00
Leather covered steering wheel and gear lever £228.00
Leatherette upholstery £66.00
LED light strip in load compartment £108.00
Load securing rail system £174.00
Remote control heating for auxiliary hot water heater £288.00
Single passenger seat FOC
Single passenger seat lumbar support £120.00
Tempmatic air conditioning with auto temperature control + pollen filter + outside temp gauge £1,104.00
Thermotronic automatic climate control including outside temp gauge £1,890.00
Packs
Active safety pack - Vito £1,716.00
Chrome interior pack - Vito £144.00
Comfort pack - Vito £1,350.00
Drivers pack - Vito £2,124.00
LED intelligent lighting pack - Vito £2,124.00
Parking pack - Vito £1,176.00
Paintwork
Metallic - Brilliant silver £660.00
Metallic - Cavansite blue £660.00
Metallic - Dolomite brown £660.00
Metallic - Flint grey £660.00
Metallic - Indium grey £660.00
Metallic - Obsidian black £660.00
Solid - Aqua green FOC
Solid - Arctic white FOC
Solid - Granite green FOC
Solid - Jupiter red FOC
Solid - Navy blue FOC
Solid - Pebble grey FOC
Safety
Delete passenger airbag FOC
Driver and passenger thorax airbag £456.00
Driver and passenger window airbags £498.00
Driver thorax airbag in seat backrest £228.00
Security
Additional vehicle keys (2) £120.00
Thatcham category 1 anti-theft alarm system with surveillance £372.00
Technical
25L AdBlue Tank £138.00
70 litre fuel tank £90.00
Additional battery for auxiliary input socket £270.00
Alternator - uprated 250Ah £708.00
Uprated GVW - 3050kg £654.00
Trim
Heavy duty rawson cloth - Black (driver's seat) FOC
Leatherette - Black £66.00
Tunja cloth - Black FOC
Wheels
16" 5 twin spoke design alloy wheels £684.00
17" 5 spoke alloy wheels £1,104.00
17" Multi spoke alloy wheels £1,104.00
All weather tyres £168.00
Full size wheel trims £90.00
* option prices shown are estimated