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Mercedes-Benz Vito Review

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heycar review

      Launch year
      2015
      Body type
      Van
      Fuel type
      Diesel, petrol
heycar editorial team

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heycar editorial team

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heycar rating
“Worth paying the extra for”

Best bits

  • Excellent quality and great to drive
  • Car-like refinement and quiet engines
  • Good standard equipment levels.

Not so great

  • Foot-operated parking brake is a pain
  • No high roof option
  • Lack of cabin stowage.

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How much does it cost to run

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Overall verdict

"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."

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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.


Similar vans include the Ford Transit Custom, the Volkswagen Transporter and the Vauxhall Vivaro.

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Mercedes-Benz Vito interior

On the inside

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Driving

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How much does it cost to run

Mercedes-Benz Vito radio

Prices, versions and specification

Ask the heycar experts: common questions

What s the length of the Mercedes-Benz Vito?

The Mercedes-Benz Vito is available in a variety of lengths and can be anything up to 5223cm long.

Andy Brady

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Andy Brady

What is the payload of a Mercedes-Benz Vito?

The Mercedes-Benz Vito has a maximum permitted gross vehicle weight of between 2500kg and 3200kg, depending on the version you choose.

David Ross

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David Ross

How many seats does the Mercedes-Benz Vito have?

The standard panel van version of the Mercedes-Benz Vito has three seats up front. Depending on the version you choose, it wil seat up to nine in a minibus configuration.

Dan Powell

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Dan Powell