Mercedes-Benz eVito (2019–)

Last updated 22 August 2018

The standard diesel-powered Vito is offered in three lengths, but the eVito drops the smallest van from the range in order to fit the battery pack. This mean lengths range from 5140mm for the long version and 5370mm for the extra long. The battery pack is fitted under the load floor, which means you get the same 6.0-6.6 cubic metres of load space as the standard van.

Utilising the load space is easy, thanks to the twin rear doors that can be opened to 180 degrees and secured so you can load/unload the van without having to open the doors each time you return to the vehicle. The cabin can also be separately locked to keep valuables safe as you work. All versions of the eVito will hold three Euro pallets, with the side doors being wide enough to accommodate the third pallet.

The sides of the load area are protected up to half height with plywood, but this can be extended to roof height if needed. All vans get a full size bulkhead as standard and a non-slip floor coating can be fitted at additional cost. There is also an optional LED lighting strip for illuminating the load area at night. 

While practical and easy to load/unload, the eVito suffers the same shortcomings as the standard van with the absence of a load hatch in the bulkhead hindering the van's ability to carry long items like copper pipes. There's no high roof option either. 

Alongside the panel van, Mercedes-Benz offers a minibus that will be useful for city-based taxi companies who need a large people mover without the restrictions of a diesel. 

The cabin of the eVito is solid and practical. The layout is easy to master and all vans get manual air con as standard, along with a multi function steering wheel that lets the driver adjust the audio or navigation (if fitted)  without taking their hands off the wheel. The foot-operated parking brake takes some getting use to and feels a little old fashioned for a modern electric van. Reach adjustment for the steering wheel also costs extra. 

The seats are firm and supportive, which makes them ideal for long days behind the wheel. All panel vans get three seats up front, although the middle seat is a tight fit for large adults. You also get a handful of storage areas for documents and cups, but nothing like the modern mobile office layout for laptops and tablet computers that you get with the eVito's diesel-powered rivals like the Transit Custom and Renault Trafic. 

 

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