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Mercedes have always been considered the best van manufacturers in the business, even rivalling the mighty Volkswagen in the market. Of course, past glories cannot make up for the current releases of vans as they have to stand on their own merit. The question that begs to be asked, is simply has the Mercedes-Benz Vito Compact Diesel 109 CDI Van got what it takes?
The answer is simply yes, Mercedes have lost none of the quality that the previous Mercedes Vitos processed, and both in its design and construction, you have a van that can only be described as class.
As a compact van it serves its role very well, the 2148cc engine giving the driver 88bhp and an impressive 220Nm of torque at low revs to move the capacity payload of just under a 1000Kg around. The payload is a particularly impressive part of the van. Not many compact vans payload comes close to the Mercedes Vito. The torque ensures that it will be shifted in a timely and easy manor which is inline to previous models. The fuel consumption could be argued to be a little under par for a panel van at 29.4, but as you can carry more and compared to some of its competitors, a lot more for many this will be a positive trade - off.
The Mercedes Vito offers drivers a van which has a load length of 2422mm, a width of 1650mm narrowing to 1277mm, and a load height of 1338mm. To assist loading, the Mercedes Vito is one of the few compact vans to offer two side loading doors. For a compact van to be able to take a Euro pallet is notable, as is the load volume of 4.65m3.
As standard the Mercedes Vito comes with ABS, ESP, ASR, EBV, BAS, speed limiter, and traction control. All of these clever pieces of technology conspire to give the driver more control over the van and provide a better and safer driving experience. These elements are rare to be fitted as standard to a compact van, and this just typifies the quality Mercedes - Benz bring to their vehicles.
Other aspects which are of note are a 3 point seatbelts and tensioners for all seats, together with a driver's airbag. Rounding things off are electric windows and a decent CD stereo.
The Mercedes - Benz Vito as previous incarnations of the vehicle has simply taken the lead in terms of the competition in nearly all respects. There is simply nothing more to be said.
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Leon Bolmeer Mercedes-Benz Vito L3 Diesel Rwd
Kevin Bruty Mercedes-Benz Vito L3 Diesel Rwd
Have had before, looks good.
Paul Nicholson Mercedes-Benz Vito L3 Diesel Rwd
Had one before
Andrew Hubbard Mercedes-Benz Vito L3 Diesel Rwd
Great looking vehicle perfect for our needs
Steven Alexander Baillie Mercedes-Benz Vito L3 Diesel Rwd
Very happy with it. Sat nav and reversing beeper would have been nice but not included.
David Kenneth Clarke Mercedes-Benz Vito L3 Diesel Rwd
Love the driving experience of the van, but do think it comes very basic, ie no CD player, no reversing sensors, no electric wing mirror.
Jonathan Castledine Mercedes-Benz Vito L3 Diesel Rwd
A good performing vehicle, and totally suited for my job in all aspects.
Scott Weymouth Mercedes-Benz Vito L3 Diesel Rwd
Overall it fits my needs very well. Very good fuel economy, engine power adequate.
Alasdair Marshall Mercedes-Benz Vito L3 Diesel Rwd
A bit weak on power but other than that I love it.
Alan Watson Mercedes-Benz Vito L3 Diesel Rwd
It's ok but I would prefer a Volkswagen.
Mark Cartwright Mercedes-Benz Vito L3 Diesel Rwd
Very pleased with the van overall.
Christopher Milne Mercedes-Benz Vito L3 Diesel Rwd
Great drive, 7G-Tronic gearbox is superb, a little early for reliability but it's a Mercedes.
Dave Pawson Mercedes-Benz Vito L3 Diesel Rwd
This is my fourth Vito, so speaks for itself really.
Jeffrey George Neads Mercedes-Benz Vito L3 Diesel Rwd
We use the Vito for parcel delivery which means lots of local, stop start driving. The design and size of the Vito gives the feel of a car but there could be better use of the cab space e.g. there is no under seat storage which can mean cabin clutter. The van gives excellent mpg, excellent drive ability and is comfortable throughout a long day's work. Our work is predominately light load deliveries and the Mercedes really fits our requirements.
shaun conlay Mercedes-Benz Vito L3 Diesel Rwd
As they say in Scotland. Its pure dead brilliant. To drive, to the eye. Its an all rounder.
Lee Garrett Mercedes-Benz Vito L3 Diesel Rwd
Excellent van, many thanks.
Matthew Craker Mercedes-Benz Vito L3 Diesel Rwd
Met all expectations. Highly recommend.
Sean Brown Mercedes-Benz Vito L3 Diesel Rwd
Looking at the costs of the van and comparing the deal with other similar vans I think it's a very reasonable price for the quality of the Mercedes. It seems very well built and is very comfortable to drive. For a small engine it seems to have decent power even loaded with tools etc and the fuel consumption is very low.
James Macdonald Mercedes-Benz Vito L3 Diesel Rwd
Bit smaller load area than I thought, but okay.
Matthew Cooper Mercedes-Benz Vito L3 Diesel Rwd
Exactly what we needed and much more practical than we thought!!