Mercedes-Benz Vito Sport X review (2007-2011) – MSN Cars UK

27 Feb 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on Mercedes-Benz Vito Sport X review (2007-2011) – MSN Cars UK
Mercedes-Benz Vito

Mercedes-Benz Vito

Sport X review (2007-2011)

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Well, at first glance it’s just a ruded up Mercedes Vito van wearing some tasty Brabus wheels. Nothing wrong with that in itself but what’s it doing here? Well, if you’re looking for truly versatile family transport or the ultimate lifestyle accessory but SUV running costs are looking scary this could be your knight in shining (bright red) armour.32mm shorter and 10mm narrower than an ML, the Vito’s on-road footprint is smaller than you might think.

And with a detuned version of the same super smooth V6 diesel engine found in the ML320 CDI it’s got plenty of grunt too. With five proper seats (and space for more) it can do the family car thing as well as the bona fide load lugger.

Well, in van terms this Vito officially counts as compact, even if it clearly dwarfs any conventional family car. And compared with its ultilitarian brethren this really is the deluxe model, the lairy looking Sport X boasting most un-van like luxuries such as leather upholstery, an automatic gearbox, Comand sat-nav, iPod connectivity and so on.So when it comes to creature comforts it really demands few compromises from those accustomed to conventional cars. And while the £27K pricetag is steep in commercial vehicle terms compared with the £40K-plus Mercedes charges for an E-Class estate or ML using the same engine it begins to look like something of a bargain.

Fancy trimmings can’t disguise the commercial vehicle origins but the Sport X does everything it can to ease your acclimatisation. You sit high and straight-backed but the seats are dead comfy and the multi-function wheel and Comand infotainment system will be familiar to any Merc driver.The ultra-slick five-speed auto also makes life easy and in the powerful and very refined V6 diesel motor it’s got its perfect partner. It goes like absolute stink, with a hot-hatch baiting 0-62mph time of 8.3 seconds and power enough to make long distance motorway cruising an absolute doddle – this thing just eats the miles up.

It may be tarted up with all the toys but the Sport X is still based on a commercial vehicle and those accustomed to passenger car fit and finish are going to be disappointed. It’s all tough and no nonsense but there’s a lot of grey plastic around and the vinyl flooring adds to the utilitarian air.Refinement is also several notches down from what you’d get in an equivalent conventional car, the tyre roar from the big 18-inch rubber resonating through the cavernous interior and especially intrusive at motorway speeds. And whatever the numbers say about it being smaller than a ML, it does feel cumbersome at times.

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