Mercedes-Benz Vito (2015–)

Last updated 19 September 2019

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.
Updated 3 December 2019
Mercedes-Benz Vito updated for 2019

The revisions coincide with the launch of three new models for the Mercedes-Benz Vito van, with buyers getting the choice of Pure, Progressive or Premium trim lines - all get automatic headlights, parking...

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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. 

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