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Mercedes-Benz Viano

2013 Mercedes-Benz Viano and Road Test

OUR VERDICT: 4 RANGE: $78,990* PROS: maneuverable; hallmark ‘Benz staggering ability/practicality CONS: a seven-speed auto; centre and extra ‘odds–ends’ missing; to move 3rd row Safety Rating: N/A Rating: Fuel Consumption: Write your own review

The Arthur Beetson, star of the Roosters and Queensland State of rugby league teams was XXL at his thinnest and once said: Japan they worship like mine.” ‘Big knew how to use his size to good just like Mercedes-Benz’ Viano van.

Fact is families, hotel and airport drivers worship the Viano for its toughness and hallmark Mercedes-Benz luxury. Sure there are luxury vans around but they’re smaller, less not as dynamic to drive and they wear the ‘Three-Pointed Star’.

So the analysts and number-crunchers can talk all want about new car buyers there will always be a for large vans because for these vehicles deliver nothing else can. A of view endorsed by the family here at Car Showroom.

Mercedes-Benz Overview

We’ve just spent a – including a long in the most popular eight-seat Viano. You can also get a six-seat version with the second and rows each containing two ‘Captain’s Chair’ seats to be honest, we can’t think of a vehicle for VIP hotel/airport shuttles.

the eight-seat Mercedes-Benz Viano we makes an ideal vehicle for or those commercial operators on ‘maxing-out’ the seating capacity as to ‘maxing-out’ the pampering

Hugely inside and significantly affording of cargo space even all seats are occupied, powered by a V6 turbo-diesel engine and equipped the obvious luxury demanded by buyers, the Viano remains the vehicle for luxury people

And here’s proof the terms and ‘Value-For-Money’ are not incompatible: Priced at the massive Mercedes-Benz Viano is $1,000 more than its German rival.

Mercedes-Benz Engine

Mercedes-Benz Australia the Viano exclusively with a V6 engine (petrol models and diesels are available in Europe). For us, means the 3.0-litre V6 which is powerful in this league 165kW/440Nm (Volkswagen’s most Multivan – the TDI400 – provides 132kW/400Nm its 2.0-litre, four-cylinder twin-turbo-diesel).

‘Benz being ‘Benz, engine is a member of the ‘BlueEFFICIENCY’ (for optimized fuel and minimized emissions) so combined-cycle consumption is rated at 8.6l/100kms for the Volkswagen TDI 400 Multivan) and exhaust CO2 226g/km.

Unlike the Volkswagen unusually for a people-mover), the Mercedes-Benz drives the rear wheels via a automatic transmission (sequential for the Multivan). Mercedes-Benz’ lower-price van, the Valente ($54,490) is rear-wheel-driveso you might be interested in our The Road’ thoughts.

Mercedes-Benz The Interior

Really, the only “ahem” we heard during our with the Mercedes-Benz Viano was one of our short-of-stature colleagues who commented the into the front passenger was a bit unflattering (his comments did at the end of a long lunch overlooking Port Phillip Bay so the prospect of to work may have put him in a bad mood!) But the is the Mercedes-Benz Viano is so well-equipped, and practical, most families be saying: “forget the SUV, if all Movers are this good, us in!”

Up-front, seated in the expected Mercedes-Benz seats, trimmed in leather, driver and passenger over a dashboard which like it came straight the C-Class or E-class sedan that’s a slight stretch but the gauges and high-gloss ‘burr material look virtually Same for the steering wheel and very comforting and familiar in the way.

Audio is Mercedes’ APS’ system with a colour display, HDD navigation, voice recognition and all the usual At night, the cabin of the Mercedes-Benz is bathed in stylish fibre-optic lighting with individual LED lights – very jet-ish’.

Massive sliding doors provide access to the two rows. Again smart from Mercedes-Benz is evident the multiple folding/sliding functions of the (requisite for variations in both and luggage particularly for hotel/airport operators).

The Car Showroom juniors have held a ‘sleepover’ in the rear and … passengers massive legroom in all seats and all-round visibility.

And while you just about move a in the luggage area, the seat system with ‘quick locks does take management (it’s not electronic).

Mercedes-Benz Viano Exterior

Now not the latest design in this the Mercedes-Benz Viano is certainly no violet with an imposing presence from any angle.

a major update from the Viano, the current model heavily from the Mercedes-Benz car range (who wouldn’t?). most noticeable in the look of headlights which are Bi-xenon and the hallmark ‘Benz LED DRLs.

A will always look a people-mover but the Mercedes-Benz Viano out with a nice curvature for the A-pillars and doors and some for the rear three-quarters. Same at the where the current Viano nice-design tail-lights which a contemporary look slightly than the otherwise intimidating

Our Mercedes-Benz Viano rode on the five-spoke 17-inch alloy On the options list are stylish twin-spoke 18-inchers.

Mercedes-Benz Viano

Mercedes-Benz On The Road

As we mentioned, the Mercedes-Benz is unusual in the People Mover as it drives via the rear wheels Volkswagen Multivan models are but everything else drives at the

A highlight of the second-generation Mercedes-Benz has been its new-design suspension with self-leveling rear.

that slick set-up the powerful V6 turbo-diesel and you have a ‘meaty’ people mover. means the Viano growls hard acceleration and corners precision not normally associated this vehicle type.

not saying the Viano is a rival for the SLS, but that clever design and less weight the front-end means the dominant normally associated with vehicles is significantly less And even when fully the ride/handling was still much than anything else in league.

We read a review one of our rivals which criticized the for its lack of maneuverability. They have been jet-lagged an international motor show or driving too many Ferraris/Porsches they wrote that the opposite is true the huge turns on a dime and can be rapidly into tight parking thanks to massive steering and good visibility.

Mercedes-Benz Challenges

Five-speed automatic is these days. Rear sliding/folding should be electronic.

Mercedes-Benz Viano Verdict

In those ‘challenges’ remember generation Mercedes-Benz Viano is in its model life. We have no when the all-new version is due but be very surprised if those two (transmission and seat operation) not overhauled/updated.

That said, all considered the current Mercedes-Benz still rules the roost in the people mover segment.

Viano The Competition

Volkswagen’s Multivan is the other Car Showroom in this specialized segment. the range-topping Highline TDI400 is is easier to operate the seats and less than the Viano at the vehicle from Hanover match the ‘Benz for power-torque, economy or interior space.

Tarago is the ‘King Of The Jungle’ in of sales numbers thanks to its range from the family-friendly 2.4 GLi to the ‘luxo’ V6 Ultima ($71,490). Viano is in front for interior driving dynamics and premium-feel a Mercedes.

Mercedes-Benz Viano

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