Mercedes Benz Vito Tourer Road Test

Mercedes Benz Vito Tourer (Rear / Side View)
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Mercedes Benz Vito Tourer Review

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The rear seats heavy to remove and could be more flexible ...

Safety

The Mercedes Benz Vito has not been tested by Euro NCAP although in 2014 its sister vehicle the V-Class scored the maximum five stars, which breaks down to 93% for adult occupancy, 87% for child occupancy, 67% for pedestrian protection and 85% for safety assist. It should be stressed that these figures do not apply to the Vito.

Standard safety equipment on SELECT spec model includes: Front, side and window airbags - rear window airbags are an option (ideally these would be standard).Other equipment includes ADAPTIVE ESP (Electronic Stability Program) in conjunction with ABS, ASR, EBD, BAS plus an adaptive brake light, tyre pressure monitoring system, rain sensor for automatic adjustment of the windscreen wiper frequency and headlamp assist for automatic activation and deactivation of the headlamps.

Our model came with:

LDW – lane departure warning – can be switched on and off – which is good as on ‘B’ roads with this width vehicle you tend to clip the centre line but ideal on the motorway.

Blind Spot Assist – which utilises two near-range radar sensors in the rear bumper and covers the adjacent lanes both on the left and right of the Vito looking for vehicles in your blind spots – if it detects a danger it will light up a red triangle in the corresponding mirror.

Collision Prevention Assist – which is the Vito’s distance warning protection system – it alerts you if you get too close to the vehicle in front.

Infotainment

Our test car was equipped with the Audio 15 system comprising FM radio, satellite navigation system, SD Card input, Bluetooth connectivity, USB socket, steering wheel mounted audio controls. We would have liked to have seen a DAB radio tuner apart from that the system offers a lot of opportunity for bass – and sounds relatively good, at lower volumes.

The Competition
  • Mercedes Benz V-Class
  • Volkswagen Transporter
What We Liked
  • Great engine
  • Near seamless seven-speed automatic transmission
  • Optional LED headlights
What We Disliked
  • Not a lot, it is long – but I think you might realise that before you buy it
  • The interior lacks some up front storage and is a little Spartan
  • Lack of opening rear windows
  • The rear seats heavy to remove and could be more flexible
Conclusion

The Vito is surprisingly good to drive, offering a lot of the on-road benefits of an SUV with an elevated driving position and a powerful diesel engine. It also offers eight full-size seats with the capability of carrying luggage for all. From a passenger’s point of view when you look at other vehicles to be chauffeured in the Vito makes a lot of sense – it is easy to get in and out of and there is more space, plus you get a better side view of the surrounding environment without much compromise on comfort.

I think I would prefer to be ferried around in the Vito than in the back of a Range Rover or Mercedes S-Class – no it does not compete on the overall luxury or finesses of these cars but it is a good place to be as a passenger and is very discrete. However, if luxury is paramount then the Mercedes V-Class might make more sense.

Probably the only real negative point about this particular model is the length – at 5.3m it is very long and finding parking spaces can prove difficult but overall all we really liked it for its car-like manners and load-lugging capabilities.

12 October 2016 Melanie Carter
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Mercedes Benz Vito Tourer Road Test Data
Model ReviewedMercedes Benz Vito Tourer LWB
  
Body Type5-door MPV
ColourObsidian Black Metallic
  
Performance (manufacturers data) 
  
0 - 62 mph9.0 Seconds
Top Speed 128 mph
  
Transmission7G-TRONIC Speed Automatic
  
Fuel TypeDiesel
  
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)158 g/km
  
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
  
Urban39.8 mpg
Extra Urban54.1 mpg
Combined47.1 mpg
  
Insurance GroupTBC
Euro NCAP Rating
Warranty3 Years / Unlimited Miles
Price (when tested on the 12/10/16)£38,928

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