Mercedes-Benz Vito (2015 – 2024) Review

Mercedes-Benz Vito (2015 – 2024) At A Glance


+Excellent quality and great to drive, car-like refinement and quiet engines, crew cab and minibus variants, good standard equipment levels.

-Foot-operated parking brake is a pain, 1.6-litre engine a little lethargic when laden, no high roof option, lack of cabin stowage.

Mercedes-Benz chose not to start with a clean slate when it launched this Vito. But with new styling, a car-like cabin, lower running costs and a reduced price, there’s plenty that appeals in the new model. It retains the impressive handling and performance of its predecessor, although there are a few caveats like the lack of a high-roof variant.  

One of the biggest changes is the addition of a 1.6-litre diesel engine, shared with the Renault Trafic. The new engine is offered with front-wheel drive only and comes in two versions – 88PS and 114PS. It means a lower price for the Vito. The other engine is the 2.1-litre diesel, available with between 136PS and 190PS, in rear-wheel drive only.

The Vito is offered in three lengths, all of which are 140mm longer than the equivalent variant of the old Vito. The maximum gross vehicle weight ranges from 2500kg to 3200kg depending on configuration, with the most capable model rated to carry a payload of up to 1350kg. Maximum cargo volumes range from 5.5m3 to 6.6m3.

The new Vito is very refined and quiet on the move thanks to quality engines and good noise insulation. The basic 1.6-litre engine in the 109 CDI can feel strained with a full load on board, but it's fine around town. The Vito also handles well with good steering weight and impressive body control. It's a vert comfortable van for long motorway journeys.

Aside from panel van there is also a crew cab variant and an eight-seat Tourer, the latter of which is offered in two grades – Pro and Select. Pro variants are geared towards more basic tasks, like transport for schools, while the Select is aimed at the taxi industry and benefits from a more car-like cabin, with luxuries including air conditioning. The Vito also provides the basis for the plush V-Class, which has a completely different cabin.

There’s plenty of useful technology on offer including crosswind assistance, hill start assist, load adaptive control and an anti-rollover system. Furthermore there are two airbags as standard, with up to eight in the Tourer. Those who specify a trailer coupling will also get trailer stability control as standard – and can benefit from an optional reversing camera which has a special setting designed to help with hooking up unassisted.

Driven: Mercedes-Benz Vito Sport

If you're after a van that's more than just a functional work tool, there are now more high-spec models than ever before from the Transporter Sportline to the Transit Custom Sportvan. And competing with those is the Sport version of the latest Mercedes-Benz Vito. 

Read our first drive here >>

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Ask Honest John

Is my Mercedes Vito with windows classified as a van or a car?

"I have just bought a Mercedes Vito with windows in the sliding doors behind the driving seat and a row of seats. For speed limits, is it classed as a van or a car, and when towing is it commercial, needing a tachograph?"
Typically the regulations for this kind of vehicle are not straightforward. You can read the full legislation on the government's website here, but the short version is that your Vito is likely classified as a dual purpose vehicle, in that it can carry both passengers and goods, assuming it weighs less than 2040kg unladen. Dual purpose vehicles are classified the same as car-derived vans in terms of speed limits, which means 60mph on single carriageways and 70mph on dual carriageways and motorways, but we have seen several stories of owners driving similar vehicles and getting speeding fines, which then have to be appealed. We would err on the side of caution until you are certain this is the class your Vito falls into. You only need a tachograph when towing if the gross train weight of your vehicle is over 3500kg, and you can find this information on the weight plate which should be on the B-pillar.
Answered by David Ross

Volkswagen Transporter or Mercedes-Benz Vito?

"Which do you think I should be looking to buy, a Mercedes-Benz Vito or Volkswagen Transporter? I will be keeping the vehicle for approx 10 years."
Both the Volkswagen Transporter and Mercedes-Benz Vito are excellent vans. However, if reliability is key, I'd recommend the Toyota Proace. The Proace is easy to drive, practical and backed by a warranty that will last up to 10-years/100,000 miles (so long as you service the van within the Toyota dealer network).
Answered by Dan Powell

What tyres will offer my van more grip off-road?

"I run a 2016 Mercedes-Benz Vito to transport my off-road motorcycle to and from events, mainly on motorways followed by narrow lanes, tracks and fields. I'm looking for a tyre with better grip off-road but still suitable for 70mph motorway cruising."
I'd fit some all-season or Mud&Snow tyres if I were you. These seem like they'd do the job, but we haven't personally tested them: Michelin Agilis 3 are also worth looking at, or the Agilis CrossClimate version if you want an all-season option.
Answered by Georgia Petrie

Which vans have the most cab space and driver legroom?

"I need to buy, rent or lease my first panel van. I'm 6'4" tall and nearly as wide. Which medium-sized, tall roof vans have the most cab space and driver legroom?"
This is a tricky one. The best medium size vans are the Volkswagen Transporter T6 and Ford Transit Custom. But both have an upright driving position that makes it (painfully) easy to catch your knee against the steering column when getting in and out. The Mercedes-Benz Vito might be better for your needs.
Answered by Dan Powell
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