MercedesBenz Viano an independent road test report

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Mercedes-Benz Viano Car Review

An independent and impartial review for us under licence by Car Driving. The expressed here do not necessarily the views of Your New Car Limited.

THE SPACE RACE

Mercedes has its van-based Viano people smarter, cleaner and more What hasn’t changed is the space inside, as Jonathan reports.

Ten Second Review

One Mercedes’ Viano MPV has never short of is space. As a people in the truest sense, it’s real competition comes other large, van-based — or public transport. If you to take up to eight people and luggage in a vehicle that a very high quality then it’s a difficult to ignore.

Background

There many alternatives open to you if a sizeable People Carrier is for up to eight people. And if that MPV make a really sizeable of quality, the options reduce to one: this Mercedes Like its direct competitors, i800 and Volkswagen’s Caravelle, the way that this Viano can up to eight seats and appreciably space than is already from cheaper Ford or Volkswagen Sharan-class large Carriers is to be van-based. In this on a Mercedes Vito. That not be the biggest van that Stuttgart but it’s quite large to create in the Viano a very MPV indeed. And a more sophisticated one days that boasts looks and more frugal that promise lower costs.

Driving Experience

The Viano is as taking on a re-stocking trip to the centre with the in-laws as it is in for the team bus in a school football You’d expect the downside to all to be a very utilitarian feel you get the thing out on the road but take a behind the wheel and it’s not as van-like as the exterior looks lead you to expect. The vast area means it’s to see out of and the boxy shape makes it to place when parking. All models now are diesel-driven and most are with four cylinder the choice being between 2.0 and CDI 2.1-litre units pushing 136 or 163bhp through the rear with the choice of either manual or 5-speed automatic With either 310 or 360Nm of on offer, both powerplants enough pulling power to a braked trailer of up to 2,000kgs but if you to do so with even greater then you can opt for the 224bhp 3.0-litre V6 CDI model tested here. cuts the 12.1s 0-60mph of the 2.2-litre variant to just and increases the top speed from 117 to The slightly gruff note the CDI diesel delivers, despite its balancer shafts, is likely to be in most cases by a cabin-full of people. And it’s with people-carrying remit in mind Mercedes has created the Viano, the suspension of its Vito van parent numerous changes to such as the springs rates, support strut towers, dampers, bars and bearings to create car-like standards of ride and It’s not enough to make feel like any kind of saloon, but given what the engineers had to work with, the well-controlled quality of the ride is commendable, even if you do without the self-levelling rear air suspension.

Design and Build

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You won’t be this car because you want to cut a on your street. The very this Viano’s looks are so (despite its surprisingly sleek drag factor) will be a selling point to buyers for space is the ultimate luxury. Not Mercedes hasn’t made effort to smarten up this look in recent times. are revised headlamps with running lights that on versions like this hi-tech bi-xenon cornering technology and trendy LEDs. flank a smarter, simpler with its three silver-painted louvres. The front wings, and apron have been revised. Move past the side doors following the contours to the rear and you’ll a sleeker rear taillight Plus, on a practical note, the body-coloured mirrors with integrated indicators now offer a field of vision. Another of the Viano’s van-based design is it’s available with long and extra long sizes. The standard Viano has a wheelbase and a 430-litre boot, the long wheelbase version this to a generous 730 litres of space. If that’s still not then there is the rather named extra long model with an extra between the axles giving a 970 litres for your luggage.The gets around the problem affects most other namely that buyers choose between a third row of and full use of luggage space. The compartment features a rail that allows for a wide of seating configurations. Fore and aft and flexible repositioning of the individual and benches is easily achievable and the seats and the benches can be folded or tilted fully forwards. The hole pattern in the floor that the seats can also be to face in almost any direction, up the possibility of a cosy face to seating position. There are main

seating configurations. Having two bench seats in the back a total occupancy of eight. Or you can opt for one seat and two individual back or, indeed, two rows of two seats in the In the latter positions the first row of can be turned around to create a person conference set-up rear passengers enjoying seating. Seat backs can be creating useful table or a larger work table can be for passengers to picnic on as the miles by. And with ambient lighting, carpets and high grade and trim, the Viano’s interior comes close to matching the yet cosseting quality Mercedes’ saloons are renowned for.

Market and Model

Although the engine and trim structures are and straightforward, the three size give it a broad price that stretches all the way from to nearly £40,000. The cream of the MPV crop from the likes of Citroen, Ford and Volkswagen on price with the most Viano but not on space. If you actually eight seats and a huge the choice is not between the Mercedes and Grand Espace but the Mercedes and large, van-based MPV such as similarly-priced Caravelle or the appreciably Hyundai i800. Whichever you choose, it will come equipped. The standard specification ESP dynamic handling electronics, lock brakes, ASR traction electronic brakeforce distribution and brake assist system. occupant gets three-point belts with tensioners and force limiters for the front A driver’s airbag features on all with plusher trims a passenger airbag. The options is where you’ll find airbags for the passenger side and sidebags.

Cost of Ownership

For a vehicle of the size, the fuel and CO2 returns on aren’t at all bad. Expect a cycle fuel return of (meaning a decent range the 75-litre fuel tank), with 192g/km of CO2, of whether you choose 2.0 or 2.2-litre CDI in whatever bodylength. Only if you opt for the 3.0 V6 CDI variant do costs begin to more in line for what expect from something heavy, with a combined return of 32.8mpg and a CO2 reading of To achieve these kinds of Mercedes’ engineers have had to very hard indeed, a series of what the brand ‘BlueEfficiency’ measures which have reduced fuel and CO2 by up to 8% on previous levels. These include low rolling resistance battery management optimisation, power steering and fuel technology and, most an ECO Start/Stop system that the engine when you don’t it, say when you’re stuck in traffic or waiting at the lights. groups range between 28 and 35 and all come with a clever service computer that when a visit to the workshop is taking into account the actual usage.

Summary

It maybe a forgotten of the Mercedes model range but the makes a lot of sense. In fact, that you can’t face transport and don’t want a minibus, I’d argue there aren’t too many to Viano motoring if you need to up to eight people in the kind of to which they’d doubtless like to become accustomed. its rare combination of spacious and generous luggage capacity, the is a paragon of practicality, bridging the gap MPV and minibus. What it all boils to is that if you want a car, buy a If you need an MPV, buy one that can do the business. The Viano is part of a small breed that that calling.

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