Mercedes-Benz Vito (2015–)
Excellent cabin, with top-notch build quality.
New 1.6-litre engine options provide a cheaper entry point to the range.
Car-like driving dynamics.
Very quiet on the move with impressive refinement.
6-09-2016: Recall fuel may leak (affecting vans built up to 31-03-2016)
13-08-2018: Recall Wiring may loosen on models with rotating front seats (affecting vans built from 01-05-2015 to 31-05-2017
1.6-litre engines are a little lethargic when the van is laden.
Misses out on 'mobile office' features seen in rivals like the Renault Trafic.
Foot-operated parking brake isn't very user-friendly.
Lacks stowage in the cabin for things like phones and PDAs.
Cramped knee room for front passenger and pretty much non existent for anyone sat in the middle.
23-7-2017: MB issued a voluntary recall to apply software upgrades to diesel engines in a bid to cut nitrogen oxide emissions on three million vehicles. All Euro 5 and Euro 6 standard diesel engines registered in Europe between January 2011 and September 2015 are affected. (Only the new two-litre turbodiesel fitted to the latest E-Class saloon and a new V6 turbodiesel in the soon-to-be released S-Class are exempt.) A Mercedes-Benz spokesman said that the “software upgrade” would be carried out by dealerships when customers visited for a service or other maintenance work and would take around an hour to complete. MB “did not expect” the upgrade to have any effect on the performance of Mercedes-Benz vehicles. Many Mercedes-Benz diesel vehicles have already had the update applied after work to apply the changes to compact vehicles and the V-Class MPV got underway in March. It was reported in The Times in July that while Daimler, which manufactures Mercedes-Benz, had not been found to use the same type of software for cheating emissions tests discovered in Volkswagen vehicles in 2015, it is the subject of an investigation by the German authorities into the possible manipulation of exhaust controls in cars with diesel engines.
06-03-2018: Complaint of poor paintwork on 2017 Vito. Reader reports that black paint has freckle-sized beige /blue spots on the roof.