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Mercedes-Benz Vaneo 1.9


Published on 7 May 2014 22:34


with the problem of how to convert all of the of small estates and mini-MPVs to the star, Mercedes designers up with the Vaneo. It’s by no the most elegant looking on the block, but it gets the job done in a no-nonsense manner. In many it’s the very antithesis of extreme power and premium philosophy, offering an affordable and vehicle to those who still some residual badge

Loosely based on the long chassis of the A-class supermini, the makes an interesting used Although it never really the British public’s imagination, the is surprisingly rugged and soaks up very well.


Covered: 5dr mini-MPV 1.6, 1.9 1.7 diesel (Ambiente, Family,


A combination of the A-class’ start to life and the British to buying a passenger car with the V-A-N in the title probably did as as anything to scupper the Vaneo’s of making big sales figures. On the buyers adopt a far more approach to van-based passenger and although the budget end of the market is to cars like the Fiat the Citroen Berlingo Multispace and the Kangoo, the thought of paying all money for something with a badge on the bonnet had most customers looking instead at a Scenic, a Citroen Picasso or a Zafira. Launched in May 2002 a range of four engines and trim levels, the Vaneo got off to a start and hasn’t really up.

What You Get

The 4,192 mm long sits on a very long of 2.9 metres and on rather wide (1,524 mm front and 1,477 mm making for a different ‘footprint’ to the All this is just as well, for to any chance of competing with and Zafiras, this car needs to be a lot than Mercedes’ entry-level True enough, a highish of 1830 mm is coupled to an interior of 1240 mm to give an agreeably feel to the cabin. Remove the seats and you’ve got 1810mm of in the rear cargo bay. You want to repeat this too often, however as they are heavy. Remove the front seat and you can get items up to 3000mm inside. Socially inept may well have found nirvana.

Load the Vaneo up with and paraphernalia and it rides very but such is the firmness of the springing when it’s empty, the quality deteriorates somewhat and slightly commercial. A seven option is available for those who run six a football teams and/or are procreators, but most will be with the five seat which is one of the rare offerings in the class that can not only five but can also transport the luggage. Full marks to there.

The modular seat layout, two opening sliding doors and give easy access to the interior and an optional pull-out floor makes loading itself. The Vaneo is reasonably equipped, with standard such as ESP electronic stability Brake Assist, twin and side airbags and the proven construction pioneered by the A-class.

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Mercedes-Benz Vaneo 1.9

A full Mercedes service history is absolutely especially for the most recent whose lengthy warranty effectively for the life of the car — is on proper servicing by an authorised

Check that all the accessories and watch out for cosmetic damage can be expensive to correct. These are family cars, so check for and tear in the rear. Also for the usual signs of wheel and poorly repaired accident Unlike many manufacturers who on a plush cabin and skimp on the bits in order to create a first impression, Mercedes bizarrely adopted the alternate with the Vaneo. Despite the plastics quality of the cabin, the are very tough indeed. judge this book by its cover.

Replacement Parts

(approx. on a Vaneo 1.6 Trend) Allow £40 for a set of front brake and £25 for the rear and about (excluding catalyst) for a factory system. A full clutch would cost around a radiator is about £135 a starter motor can be up to £250. A new would be in the region of £445 and a headlamp would cost £95.

On the Road

Four feature in the Vaneo line-up, but will opt for one of the two 1.6-litre petrol on offer, respectively developing 82 and There’s also a range-topping 1.9-litre petrol powerplant. As in the these units are eight, than fashionable 16-valve in The engineers apparently rejected the approach on the grounds of size and and, sure enough, powerplants are about 25% lighter equivalent engines, a difference makes the car feel livelier their respective power would suggest. The more 102bhp 1.6, for example, sixty in 11.1s on the way to 111mph. As as the standard manual gearbox, also an auto box and something the two — a manual without a

There’s no doubting, however, the credentials of the 1.7-litre direct turbo diesel. This engine uses ‘common diesel technology to produce an balance between power and averaging nearly 50mpg. option you choose, in true fashion, you can select it in one of three packages — Trend, and Ambiente. Various lifestyle are also available, with like Carry, Dog, Surf and Winter that sounded good after a marketing lunch. Still, it Mercedes are playing the lifestyle with major conviction.


Don’t let the uninspiring and twee name put you off. The is well built and offers a amount of space in its compact It won’t win any beauty contests and people for ‘a spin in the might be a recipe for disappointment, but to a Vaneo is to love one. good.

Mercedes-Benz Vaneo 1.9
Mercedes-Benz Vaneo 1.9
Mercedes-Benz Vaneo 1.9
Mercedes-Benz Vaneo 1.9

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