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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 a week — including a weekend in the most popular Mercedes-Benz Viano. You can also get a luxury version with the and third rows each two individual ‘Captain’s Chair’ and, to be honest, we can’t of a better vehicle for VIP hotel/airport

Equally, the eight-seat Mercedes-Benz we tested makes an ideal for families or those commercial keen on ‘maxing-out’ the seating as opposed to ‘maxing-out’ the pampering

spacious inside and significantly plenty of cargo space when all seats are occupied, by a powerful V6 turbo-diesel engine and with the obvious luxury by Mercedes-Benz buyers, the Viano the benchmark vehicle for luxury movers.

And here’s proof the ‘Benchmark’ and ‘Value-For-Money’ are not incompatible: at $78,990, the massive Mercedes-Benz is only $1,000 more its nearest German rival.

Viano Engine

Mercedes-Benz offers the Viano exclusively a V6 turbo-diesel engine (petrol and smaller diesels are available in For us, that means the 3.0-litre V6 is supremely powerful in this with 165kW/440Nm (Volkswagen’s powerful Multivan — the Highline — provides from its 2.0-litre, four-cylinder

‘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 top-shelf Mercedes-Benz seats, in ‘Lugano’ leather, driver and gaze over a dashboard looks like it came from the C-Class or E-class (well that’s a slight but certainly the gauges and high-gloss walnut’ material look identical). Same for the steering and controlsall very comforting and in the Merc’ way.

Audio is Mercedes’ ‘COMAND system with a 6.5-inch display, HDD navigation, ‘LINGUARTRONIC’ recognition and all the usual connectivity. At the cabin of the Mercedes-Benz Viano is in stylish fibre-optic ambient with individual LED reading — very ‘private

Massive sliding side provide access to the rear two Again smart design Mercedes-Benz is evident with the folding/sliding functions of the seats for variations in both passengers and particularly for hotel/airport transfer

The Car Showroom juniors could held a ‘sleepover’ in the spacious and adult passengers enjoyed legroom in all seats and good visibility.

And while you could about move a piano in the area, the seat rail with ‘quick release’ does take some (it’s not electronic).

Mercedes-Benz Exterior Styling

Now not the latest in this league, the Mercedes-Benz is certainly no shrinking violet an imposing on-road presence any angle.

Basically a major update the first-generation Viano, the current borrows heavily from the passenger car range (who That’s most noticeable in the of front headlights which are and feature the hallmark ‘Benz LED

A people-mover will always like a people-mover but the Mercedes-Benz stands out with a nice for the bonnet, A-pillars and doors and tapering for the rear three-quarters. at the rear where the current scores nice-design tail-lights afford a contemporary look softer than the otherwise tail-gate.

Our Mercedes-Benz Viano on the standard five-spoke 17-inch wheels. On the options list are five twin-spoke 18-inchers.

Mercedes-Benz Viano

Viano On The Road

As we mentioned, the Viano is unusual in the People segment as it drives via the rear range-topping Volkswagen Multivan are all-wheel-drive but everything else at the pointy-end.

A highlight of the second-generation Viano has been its new-design system with self-leveling

Combine that slick with the powerful V6 turbo-diesel and you a very ‘meaty’ people That means the Viano under hard acceleration and with precision not normally with this vehicle

We’re not saying the Viano is a for the Mercedes-Benz SLS, but that suspension design and less over the front-end means the understeer normally associated van-type vehicles is significantly pronounced. And even when loaded, the ride/handling was still better than anything in this league.

We read a from one of our rivals which the Viano for its lack of maneuverability. must have been after an international motor or been driving too many when they wrote because the opposite is true the Viano turns on a dime and can be ‘flung’ into tight space thanks to massive lock and good visibility.

Viano Challenges

Five-speed is ‘sub-optimal’ these days. seat sliding/folding should be

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.

Mercedes-Benz Viano The Competition

excellent Multivan is the other Car favourite in this specialized While the range-topping Highline is generously-equipped, is easier to operate the and $1,000 less than the at $79,990, the vehicle from doesn’t match the ‘Benz for fuel economy or interior

Toyota Tarago is the ‘King Of The in terms of sales numbers to its wide range from the 2.4 GLi ($48,990) to the ‘luxo’ V6 Ultima ‘Benz Viano is in front for space, driving dynamics and interiorit’s a Mercedes.

Mercedes-Benz Viano
Mercedes-Benz Viano
Mercedes-Benz Viano
Mercedes-Benz Viano


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