Mercedes badge but wrong feel Review | Drivesouth New & Used…

16 Фев 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »
Mercedes-Benz Viano 3.2 Long

Mercedes badge, but wrong

By David Bruce on Wed, 29 Sep

When is a van not a van? When a luxurycar maker decides to it into a people mover.

has taken its large Vito fitted it out with all the luxury you would expect from the prestige car maker, and launched it New Zealand as the Viano.

With up to seats, all the versatility in the world and of room, the Viano hits New roads starting from — a pretty good for a vehicle of this size the status-star symbol.

It will to those with large who want an upmarket people-mover, and as prestige transport for luxury hotels and hideaways.

I even saw one at Airport earlier this disguised as a taxi; a far better to down-at-the-edges Ford Falcons and Commodores.

But there are some drawbacks, the being that it does not that Mercedes-Benz feel.

Any I’ve ever driven has had a feel, a solidness on the road, a of utmost quietness; basically, a for plenty of hard work up in a prestige package.

Now, the shuns its van-like qualities, fully loaded with equipment, beats some of its for interior room (particularly space with all three of seats in use), and has some storage bins and cubbyholes.

But the so hard to define and explain, is not there.

There are small and squeaks. Unloaded, it does not the secure on-road feel. And the doors and other things open, shut or whirr seem to fall short.

may be partly explained by the fact the Viano comes out of an assembly in Vitoria, Spain — country — rather Germany.

Mercedes had a similar problem its American-built M-Class SUV.

But the vehicle will sell to fans, because it has the right

And, putting aside the that it is from Mercedes, in it offers much for those to cart large numbers of around.

The test, dark-green Viano came with a direct injection, four-cylinder engine.

There is also a three valves per cylinder, petrol version.

The diesel is a performer, economical but not at the hightech end of the oil in Mercedes’ stable.

It can be noisy at and on the open road — not but not quite up to Mercedes’ standards.

The cannot be said for the Viano’s through the air and over road which is excellent.

Transmission is a five-speed automatic a manual operation and an easy-to-shift and is located in the dash, out of the way to leave a walk-through passage from the seats.

There is a six-speed transmission on offer.

The automatic is calibrated to the diesel engine, it operating in its optimum turbo although off the mark, especially the Viano feels sluggish it gets into its stride 2000rpm.

Those wanting a lot oomph will go for the V6 engine.

at 100kmh is child’s play, and gearing adds to the effortless with still plenty in for overtaking.

The ride is also supple, helped by the independent coupled with the width and of the wheelbase.

Mercedes-Benz Viano 3.2 Long

But handling can get exciting, the laws of gravity taking through bends and the rear failing to cope well some of our rougher roads in the

This is not a sports car, but nor it offer confidence boosting There is plenty of feel and but it is best to treat the Viano the decorum it deserves.

Disc all round and a plethora of the usual technology reign in any whoopsies they happen.

If anything go wrong, then the strength of body engineering coupled crush zones and plenty of comes into play.

It is that the Viano really making a mockery of the space by most of its competitors. In particular, the will carry eight and luggage — a downfall in MPVs when all the seats are in

The Viano comes in two levels of the basic Trend, or the luxury which picks up leather but drops back to seating for

There is no skimping on space for even those in the rear row of The middle and rear rows on aircraft-like mountings and can be removed for the to be used as a van, although the [and weight] is not as easy as some MPVs.

The sliding seats mean can be altered, and they can be individually The middle row of seats can be turned to the rear and a small table between the two for dining — at events on a wet day.

There are sliding doors on both of the vehicle and the step up is easy.

The is beautifully finished with trim, particularly the cloth, and fully loaded, including a sound system that a CD shuttle.

It also includes central locking, air conditioning, windows (a power rear is optional), tinted windows celebs), alloy wheels and rails.

The front seats are electrically with memory and are as comfortable and as any in a Mercedes car.

Perhaps I was too much because of the badge in truth, it is no better or worse its competitors.

But it shines in terms of for money, interior room and

Bookmark/Search this post

Mercedes-Benz Viano 3.2 Long
Mercedes-Benz Viano 3.2 Long
Mercedes-Benz Viano 3.2 Long
Mercedes-Benz Viano 3.2 Long

interesting records

Here you can write a commentary on the recording "Mercedes badge but wrong feel Review | Drivesouth New & Used…".

Sign in, to write a review.

Our partners
Follow us
Contact us
Our contacts

Born in the USSR


About this site

For all questions about advertising, please contact listed on the site.

Mercedes-Benz catalog with specifications, pictures, ratings, reviews and discusssions about cars Mercedes-Benz.