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MERCEDES-BENZ VITO L3 DIESEL FWD

110CDI Progressive Van

MERCEDES-BENZ VITO L3 DIESEL FWD

110CDI Progressive Van

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Optional Extras

Driver Convenience

Entertainment

Exterior Features

Interior Features

Packs

Paintwork

Safety

Technical

Trim

Wheels

Key Features

Standard Equipment

Technical Data

Review

Fuel Type
Fuel Type Diesel
Transmission
Transmission Manual
Torque
Torque 199 lbs/f

Driver Convenience

  • Chrome instrument cluster
  • Comfort overhead control panel
  • Digital clock
  • Headlight range control
  • Low fuel warning light
  • PAS
  • Seatbelt warning indicator
  • Warning lights
  • Wireless tyre pressure monitoring

Exterior Features

  • Adaptive brake lights
  • Colour coded front and rear bumpers
  • Daytime running lights
  • Electrically heated and adjustable wing mirrors
  • Halogen front fog lights
  • Heat insulating glass
  • Rain sensor
  • Third rear brake light

Interior Features

  • Ashtray
  • Cigarette lighter
  • Comfort eight way adjustable driver's seat
  • Driver seat lumbar support
  • Front door storage pockets
  • Height and rake adjustable steering wheel
  • Locking glove compartment
  • Multifunctional steering wheel
  • Ventilation nozzles
  • Wood load flooring

Packs

  • Anti theft protection pack - Vito

Safety

  • 3 point seatbelts for all seats
  • Accident recovery and breakdown management
  • Attention assist
  • Co-driver airbag
  • Crosswind assist
  • Drivers airbag

Security

  • Central locking with remote control
  • Double locking
  • Electronic immobiliser

Technical

  • 24 litre larger AdBlue tanks
  • 6 speed manual transmission
  • ABS/ESP/ASR
  • Active brake assist
  • Diesel particulate filter
  • EBV and BAS
  • Hill start assist
  • Mechanical parking brake
  • Traction control

Emissions - ICE

  • HC
    Not Available
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb
    175

Engine and Drive Train

  • Automatic Transmission
    No
  • CC
    1749
  • Cylinder Layout
    IN-LINE
  • Cylinders
    4
  • Engine Make
    Not Available
  • Fuel Delivery
    COMMON RAIL
  • Fuel Type
    DIESEL
  • Gears
    6 SPEED
  • Manual Transmission
    Yes
  • Number of Valves
    16

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC
    No
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb
    7.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High
    8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High
    6.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low
    9.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium
    7.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb
    36.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High
    35.3
  • WLTP - MPG - High
    42.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Low
    30.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium
    37.7

General

  • Alternator Amps
    185
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicles safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Badge Engine CC
    1.7
  • Badge Power
    102
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Battery AH
    92
  • Battery Volts
    12
  • Coin Description
    Not Available
  • Coin Gross Vehicle Weight Code
    Not Available
  • Coin Power Output Code
    Not Available
  • Coin Series
    Not Available
  • Coin Wheelbase Description Code
    Not Available
  • Coin Wheelbase Name Code
    Not Available
  • Generation Mark
    3
  • Ghost model for valuation purposes
    No
  • Insurance Group 1
    Not Available
  • Insurance Group 2
    Not Available
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    Not Available
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    Not Available
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
    Unlimited
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
    3
  • This vehicle is classed as a car for VED purposes
    Not Available
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    N1
  • Vin/Frame No.
    Not Available

Performance

  • BHP
    102
  • Engine Power KW
    75
  • Engine Power RPM
    3800
  • Engine Torque LBS.FT
    199
  • Engine Torque MKG
    27.5
  • Engine Torque NM
    270
  • Engine Torque RPM
    1500

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    No
  • Automatic Clutch
    No
  • Plated 3rd Axle
    Not Available
  • Plated 4th Axle
    Not Available
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Make
    Not Available
  • Tyre Size Front
    195/65 R16
  • Tyre Size Rear
    195/65 R16
  • Tyre Size Spare
    FULL SIZE
  • Wheel Style
    Not Available
  • Wheel Type
    16" STEEL

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Front Overhang
    895
  • Height
    1910
  • Length
    5370
  • Load Deck Height
    558
  • Load Height
    1391
  • Load Length
    3061
  • Load Space Width Between Wheel Arches
    1270
  • Load Width
    1685
  • Lower Rear Door Width
    1391
  • Rear Door Height
    1261
  • Rear Overhang
    1045
  • Side Load Door Height
    1252
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    12.5
  • Wheelbase
    3430
  • Width (excluding mirrors)
    1928
  • Width (including mirrors)
    2249

Weight and Capacities

  • Boot Capacity Saloons
    Not Available
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    57
  • Gross Train Weight
    4250
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    3050
  • Load Space Volume
    6.6
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    Not Available
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    Not Available
  • Luggage Capacity - 2nd Row Seats Removed
    Not Available
  • Luggage Capacity - 2nd Row Seats Up
    Not Available
  • Luggage Capacity - 3rd Row Seats Down
    Not Available
  • Luggage Capacity - 3rd Row Seats Removed
    Not Available
  • Luggage Capacity - 3rd Row Seats Up
    Not Available
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    2048
  • No. of Seats
    3
  • Payload
    1002

Overview

If there can be such a thing as a workhorse with a pedigree, Mercedes' revitalised mid-sized Vito van is surely it, as Jonathan Crouch reports.

Background

One of the things you learn early on in business is that the cheapest options aren't always the best ones. And that the way you deliver your goods says plenty about them. Both things explain the appeal of the Mercedes-Benz of medium range vans, this model, the Vito, which slots in just below the larger Sprinter model in the German brand's LCV range. Well over a million examples have been sold since its original launch in 1996 but in a tougher, more eco-conscious commercial market, this design now needs more than just badge and build quality to stave off competition from less prestigiously badged but arguably more complete rivals. Hence the improved Vito model we're looking at here, smarter, better to drive and crucially, less costly to run. All of which it will need to deliver if it is to be a credible alternative to tough rivals as diverse as the Renault Trafic / Nissan NV 300 / Fiat Talento design, the Peugeot Expert / Vauxhall Vivaro / Toyota Proace / Citroen Dispatch collaboration, the Volkswagen Transporter and of course the ubiquitous Ford Transit Custom. All these alternatives claim to match this Vito's all-round excellence for less money, but Mercedes reckons that it won't take operators very long behind the wheel to appreciate the difference that the Three-Pointed Star can make.

Driving Experience

So, what kind of business do you have? If its deliveries are primarily long distance ones, then Mercedes wants to sell you the long-legged version of this Vito, which in this revised form features a newly installed 'OM 654'-series 2.0-litre twin turbo diesel engine mated exclusively to rear wheel drive and 9-speed automatic transmission; there are three rear-drive options - the 134PS 114CDI, the 163PS 116CDI and the 190PS 119CDI. If though, as is possibly more likely, your company primarily makes urban-bound deliveries over short distances, there are two quite different Vito alternatives to consider. One is all-electric, the 116PS eVito variant, which has a 41kWh battery mated to a 116PS electric motor and can offer a 92 mile combined driving range when fully charged, a replenishment process that occupies up to 6 hours. Your other Vito option, the least expensive one, uses the 1.7-litre diesel unit we tried, which can only be paired with front wheel drive and a manual gearbox. There are two options with this smaller powerplant, a base 110CDI variant with 102PS; and the 114CDI front-driven variant we sampled, which offers 136PS. As for WLTP-rated efficiency figures, well they're not particularly notable, but one attribute that will be on your test drive is this Vito's superb refinement and seat support: quite simply, it's the most comfortable van we've ever driven.

Design and Build

Visual changes to the improved version of this third generation 'W447'-series design are subtle, mainly centring around a restyled radiator grille. Rear twin doors are standard for the van models, which can be opened back to the 180?? position or locked in place at an angle of 90??. A tailgate is standard on the crew van and Tourer models, as well as being a no-cost option for panel van models. Easy access is also achieved to the loadspace via side sliding doors, fitted to both sides of the vehicle as standard, with a wide entry. In addition, a full-height bulkhead is fitted to panel vans as standard. The Vito's wide door opening and well placed step mean that getting in to the cabin is a simple enough manoeuvre and once seated aloft, you'll find a cab with three-abreast seating that's closer than ever to Mercedes-Benz passenger car standards thanks to the introduction of higher quality fabrics. It helps that the smart steering wheel isn't set at such a bus-like angle as you'll find in some competitors, with further car-like cues found in the way that most of the controls are located on a neatly presented centre console with the gearstick protruding from the dash below. A key fresh cabin highlight is the digital inside rearview mirror. This can transmit an image from an HDR camera fitted to the rear window and project it on to the mirror's display. Which means you'll always have a fully functioning rear view mirror at all times, even if you've got a window-less full-height bulkhead fitted; or if the boot or load compartment are full to the roof.

Market and Model

With three lengths, three weight variants, and two turbodiesel engines in five power ratings, this Vito offers a broad range, with prices starting from around £22,000 (excluding VAT) for a typical entry-level 110 CDI panel van L2 variant. There are three standard trim levels - PROGRESSIVE, PREMIUM and (for the Crew Van variant) SPORT. In addition to the panel van range, that Vito Crew Van variant combines the advantages of a panel van with those of a crewbus. For even more focus on passenger carrying, a further Tourer model is available in two versions - Vito Tourer PRO and Vito Tourer SELECT, which come with eight seats (including driver) as standard and the potential to optionally specify nine seats in total. Standard features inside include cruise control with a Speedtronic variable Speed Limiter, a multifunction steering wheel with trip computer, plus an infotainment system including a Bluetooth hands-free system, plus audio streaming, USB and aux-in ports, an iPod interface and an SD memory card slot. Standard safety equipment includes Adaptive ESP, Adaptive Brake Lights, Attention Assist, Crosswind Assist, driver and co-driver airbags, Hill-Start Assist, reflection-style headlights with daytime running lights, Rescue Assist QR codes, plus a Tyre Pressure Monitoring System. Thorax and window airbags are standard for the Vito Tourer PRO and SELECT, and optional on the panel and crew van.

Practicalities and Costs

The Vito comes in three handy and not so handy lengths: L1, L2 and L3. In the cargo bay, there are load-restraining belts and plenty of tie-down points to keep whatever you're carrying from moving around. If despite all this provision, you still forget to tie things down, there are protective panels up to guard against interior scrapes and dents. In conjunction with the base 102hp version of the 2.0-litre diesel engine, the front-wheel drive 110 CDI panel van's kerb weight for the compact length with standard equipment is well under 2 tonnes. At the standard gvw of 2.8 t, this base front-wheel drive Vito achieves a very impressive payload of around a tonne. Rear-driven Vito models with higher output engines can improve this showing by around 300kgs. Keeping costs down will be a major priority for potential owners, so it'll be good news for operators that the Vito's latest OM 654-series 2.0-litre diesel engine line-up is more economical and cleaner than was the case with the previous 2.1-litre diesel unit. CO2 figures now range between 154g/km and 172g/km, depending on variant choice, helped by a standard ECO start/stop function.

Summary

The biggest compliment we could pay this revised Vito would be to suggest it to be the least van-like van we've driven to date. Transit-class designs don't usually also have to function as luxury, up-market people carriers (as this one does) and the difference in build excellence is obvious as soon as you take a seat inside. But nice though it is to have a quality feeling behind the wheel of one of your company's LCVs, that doesn't pay the business bills. So Mercedes has looked at the best that its competitors can offer and borrowed high technology from its luxury car line-up in order to match them. The adoption of the latest OM 654-series 2.0-litre diesel engine is crucial here, significantly improving this LCV's efficiency and emissions. The result is a benchmark among vans that you can buy with head as well as heart and one that can carry heavier loads with more speed, less noise, greater comfort, sharper handling, reduced fuel consumption and cleaner emissions. Medium range Transit-class customers will always have cheaper options of course. Nearly all though, are lacking this van's one most crucial ingredient: Star Quality.

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