Mercedes-Benz Vito van (2004)

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Mercedes-Benz Vito

van (2004) 2004)

BOTTOM LINE: Who do we to kill to get one?

Model Mercedes-Benz Vito 115CDI van

$43,690

Price as tested: (auto)

Road tester: Sinclair

Date tested: 2004

The song says all boys need a shed. For a group of Aussie boys you can ‘shed’ with the word And it’s not just those with their hands. as well as the plumbers, chippies and of Australia, there’s a fair of blokes out there into karts or just carting bed with ’em that are vans their choice of

Mind you, vans come a way since the long-haired set around carving heart-shaped windows into Bedford CF in the late 1970s. Mercedes’ Vito series is a case in

The choice of discerning van buyers it was originally introduced Down in the early ’90s, the Vito received major update The latest Vito features levels of safety aids and a of powertrains that spans a six-speed manual 65kW through to a near 140kW Geartronic five-speed auto V6

With the choice of several styles, wheelbases and roof there is little wonder are voting with their blessings and their chequebooks. Can you FBT?

And getting a leg-up the treasurer is just part of the What really impresses is the great ’round town and civility. Add in serious load abilities (1110kg and 6.49-cubic plenty of tiedown opportunities and you end up is undoubtedly the van of vans.

Our Vito, a $43,690 autobox turbodiesel 115CDi Compact shortest body offered) was to bog stock — a red two-seater with a difference. In terms of equipment it was well armed, boasting ESP and ASR (Electronic Stability and Anti-Slip Control), ABS (Anti-lock EBD (Electronic brake force and a driver’s airbag.

Aircon is on the CDi, as are front power remote central locking and an CD. There is even an outside gauge. Incongruously, external are manually operated — if they are not we couldn’t find the adjustment. We don’t have the to reproduce the full Vito list but key tick boxes metallic paint, colour bumpers, alarm, cruise alloy rims, load system.

Oh, and heated electric mirrors.

The 2.1lt common rail provided strong mid-range and performance once moving but was a reluctant to build boost a standing start. When the did arrive it was with a surge of that had the ASR warning light when the load was light and when the road was damp.

Even without any liner, levels were commendable. And my servicing mate reports the seats offer all-day without heavy bolstering makes jumping in and out a pain.

the idea we like the Vito? of the reason it rates so well in of civility is its other role as the basis for Mercedes’ V Class movers and Viano MPV. The of hotel shuttle bus buyers and Burgers across Euro, the drive V Class wagon delivers levels of comfort purpose-built minivans, such as the Espace, Chrysler Voyager and Galaxy/Sharan.

We’ll have to wait later in 2005 to see the fully-kitted and Viano Down Under Benz does already a ‘Crewcab’ variant of the Vito. variant provides seating for wooden flooring, ceiling and windows between the B and C-pillar, as as a windowed tailgate, at an approx premium over the standard

Published. Friday, 1 October

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