Front-wheel-drive models will be available in weights from 2.5 tonnes to 3.05 tonnes, offering a payload of up to 1,289kg, while rear-wheel-drive models will be available at a maximum GVW of 3.2 tonnes, with a payload capacity of 1,369kg. Having previously driven the two most powerful rear-wheel-drive models and the more powerful 111 CDI front-wheel-drive variant while in Europe, on UK road we opted to take the two extremes of the scale with the entry level 109 CDI and the top of the range 119 BlueTec. Basically, if you just want a regular cost-efficient Vito, you’ll go for a 1.6-litre diesel and front-wheel drive. The front-wheel-drive is 120kg lighter than comparable outgoing models, and 60kg lower in kerbweight than the new rear-wheel-drive models. No money from the licence fee was used to create this website. When it comes to price, an entry level front-wheel-drive model, the 109 CDI Compact is £17,855, compared to the 114 BlueTec Compact at a £20,505 starting price. Noise levels have been noticeably lowered, and even with the more raucous 1.6-litre engine it is a quiet working environment.
Not quite. As you would expect with a Mercedes, the new Vito is a premium product, and the build quality is extremely high.
The top-spec is Premium, adding alloy wheels, metallic paint and electric door mirror folding. There’s even two power outputs to choose from, 88hp and 114hp respectively, in the 109 CDI and 111 CDI models.
It has sold more than 1.2m variants since its launch, nevertheless the decision has been made with the new Vito to run with the masses and introduce a new model with front-wheel-drive. Audi S8 review: the most boring 560bhp car (in a good way), Range Rover review: new straight-six diesel driven, VW T-Cross R-Line 1.5 TSI review: 148bhp crossover tested, Rocketeer Mazda MX-5 review: modified V6 roadster driven, Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 review: classic café racer tested, Speed Week 2020: the Ferrari F8 Tributo on track, City, slicker: Honda City Turbo vs Honda e, Chris Harris on… the new BMW M4 and M3 Touring. Like a Mercedes S-Class, the Vito demands you choose a length of vehicle. Let Zuto search the market - we work with trusted lenders to find the right car finance for you. Being a Benz, you’re paying out more than you would if you went for a Ford Transit or Renault Trafic or Vauxhall Vivaro. Noise levels have been noticeably lowered, and even with the more raucous 1.6-litre engine it is a quiet working environment. It all starts with the steering wheel, its thick rim feels ideally matched to the weight and feel of the steering which is moderately heavy but sharp and direct. Juicebox Error: Config XML file not found. So, besides the smugness of a three-pointed star on your steering wheel, is the Vito worth it? The Vito is a big empty box, designed to carry huge wads of stuff – up to 1,369kg of cargo capacity, in fact. While the 190hp range-topper is a formidable machine, it is arguably unnecessarily quick for all but the most demanding of jobs at full weight. If you’ve got a keen eye, you will spot that the Vito looks different, but on the whole, changes to the Vito are small. For anyone required to carry a bit of weight we’d look higher up the power range, but if you’re operating with a very low payload the entry-level engine may be sufficient.
Yes. There is an abundance of storage above the dash, however, all of them are open or partially open compartments, which may cause some issues with reflections on the windscreen. Stowage in the doors is much more convenient, with a larger pocket at the base of each and a smaller section higher up – that is probably the van’s most useful storage point for keys, passes, mobiles or coins. But you didn’t expect the inventor of the motor car to neglect the mid-sized van world, did you? Power delivery is, however, smooth and well paired with the six-speed transmission, but in comparison to the 2.5-litre units it is too raucous. That’s just what rivals were hoping. There are three trim levels to get your head around: Pure comes as standard with plastic bumpers, steel wheels and free air in the load bay. There’s no high-roof model, because Mercedes reasons if you need more space than the L3, you’ll just upgrade to a Sprinter. Despite being 140mm longer, largely for the pedestrians, the Vito’s loadspace actually remains unchanged, with load volumes of between 5.5m3 and 6.6m3. Has it caught up with its rivals? Both 109 CDI and 119 CDI models buzzed along at a 70mph cruise at a fraction over 2,000rpm, but such is the noise in the lower powered unit, you’d think it was a higher.
The profits we make from it go back to BBC programme-makers to help fund great new BBC programmes. The cabin has been redesigned to more closely reflect the look and feel of its other models. Not surprising as this is Mercedes’ area of expertise, but the front-wheel-drive model is sharp through the bends and agile underfoot. Don’t be confused by the likes of the Mercedes V-Class and the Marco Polo. Has it set a new benchmark for the others to aspire to? That means payloads have increased across the range, however, some of that gain has been eaten into by a slight increase in body length for improved pedestrian protection. But the Vito has become a stalwart of the Benz workhorse range, sitting between the smaller Citan and gigantic Sprinter as the Goldilocks-sized offering. Drivers, however, will not really notice the affect, and instead will note that air vents and controls are closer. It's for sale alongside the larger Sprinter and small Citan, and with a spacious load …
The big Merc van is a hard act to follow and the Merc in the middle has to compete with cheaper rivals in a very competitive and price sensitive sector. Depending on trim, there’s a range of diesel engines, and a choice of either front or rear-wheel drive. Like in the smaller Citan, the dash is high and vertical, it feels a little further away than in Mercedes’ smallest model – which is a good thing – but, sitting as a passenger, without the distraction of a steering wheel and the space carved out for pedals, the dash feels uncomfortably close. And even then, there are three sizes of Vito to choose from…. It’s the most engaging drive for a vehicle of this size and is paired with a suspension setup that is firm but well dampened and comfortably masks the bumps of our uniquely British roads. Copyright © DVV Media International Ltd 2020. This website is made by BBC Studios Distribution. With the new driveline option, the choice between front- and rear-wheel-drive will come down to three P’s for Vito buyers. For power there is a clear divide between the two engines, with the entry-level 109 CDI really only being suitable for very light loads and the top-end 119 Bluetec best suited for tearing away from mildly sporty hatchbacks at traffic lights. Gallery: Ferrari's mighty 710bhp supercar slides its way through Anglesey... DS 7 Crossback E-Tense 4x4 review: a worthy X3/Q5 rival? The third generation of Mercedes Vito van. As you would expect with a Mercedes, the new Vito is a premium product, and the build quality is extremely high. We’ve tried it in the Vauxhall and Renault vans and there too it is little more than a means of turning the wheels. They look the same as the Vito on the outside, but indoors, they’re totally different, with car-like dashboards and either minibus seating or the full home-from-home campervan experience. The question now is do you want one…? Conversely, the 109 CDI is drastically underpowered. The Mercedes Vito is the medium-sized van in the company's van line-up.