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Family saloon, recreational and estate in one? The Vaneo is all and more, says Tony

12:02AM GMT 02 Feb 2002

In some the Vaneo first-drive experience untypically Mercedes-Benz. One has come to smooth, unruffled efficiency Stuttgart’s legendary motor On the rare occasions when go wrong, Mercedes’ people how to gloss over them a dignified reserve.

It’s not things went really when we went to test the new Vaneo. There were some embarrassing mistakes and in the official performance figures have only just resolved.

As its name suggests, the is a van-like, five-door MPV. It is in the company’s van-building plant and has all of useful gadgets and activity-based There was obviously fresh, enthusiasm among the young showing off the Vaneo’s novel

Prices have yet to be announced, but the range is aimed at the sector by Vauxhall’s Zafira, Renault’s and Fiat’s Multipla. It is bigger and expensive than some MPVs, such as Renault’s and Fiat’s Doblo, but is smaller and than the Ford Galaxy/VW Undeniably versatile, the Vaneo is a to use. Even to the keenest of car the defection to van-driving is fun, sneaking uninvited and undetected some secret society. car drivers, when they get an experience, are surprised to discover how the modern van has become. They are these days, at least unladen, and offer a commanding of the road.

Driving the new Mercedes-Benz Vaneo, you hardly go undetected because it so different and comes in every colour (including proper van And you will get the authentic van-driving albeit dressed up in a cleverly series of packages to suit the dynamic lifestyles.

The old three-box saloon now being extinct, this new Vaneo is yet distinct variation on the theme of transport. To maximise overall share, DaimlerChrysler aims to cars for every purpose and seems to agree that sales will continue to faster than any other private car market segment.

The is a most interesting contribution to thinking, but it already has its rivals and will surely follow. The of the multifunctional mini-MPV is to provide a saloon, recreational vehicle and utility estate rolled one. Based on Mercedes-Benz’s

transmission technology, but fitted a range of slightly larger the Vaneo has front-wheel-drive and can accommodate up to adults and two children, with the third row of seats fitted. Any of the passenger seats can be removed leaving a maximum load of 3,000 litres, with but the driver’s seat and a huge, floor.

The Vaneo is compact and high-sided, a high floor thanks to its construction. This very floor base gives strength to the whole structure, proved stiff and rattle-free on our drive. It has normal front plus wide, van-style doors on each side. At the between long, light there is a large door hinges upwards.

Three equipment packages are based on of potential customers. The base Trend package comes most of the comforts and special expected of a modern car. The package includes heavy-duty, fabric seat coverings, two integral child booster-cushions into the second row of seating. stowage boxes are housed the rear seats and small tables are built into the seat backrests. (The fold to serve as tables necessary.)

In addition, the optional row of seats can accommodate two children 12-36kg. Ambiente, the luxury includes remote central a leather-trimmed steering wheel, walnut cappings and alloy

Special accessory packages are for active types, including cyclists, skiers, parenting dog owners and gardeners. With the pack, for example, two pedal can be secured to the floor inside the once their front have been removed. An pull-out rear floor allows up to 120kg of awkward to be loaded more easily.

the Vaneo is aimed at active and comes with everything you expect of a car these days, you complain if it is, well, somewhat to drive. It is safe and stable on the but, if you push it hard on corners, it tends to lift an wheel just enough to you to back off a bit and give it a chance. The does many things but it must be said that mini-MPVs, such as the Fiat and Vauxhall Zafira, are more fun to Performance of all engines is adequate, if not More impressive is the optional ACS manual) gearchange that extremely well and is a great in city traffic.

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Sourced in Germany, the combined consumption figures provided do not us enough to make adequate with rival vehicles. I whether the Vaneo will be a bit thirsty, but it’s too soon to

Mercedes-Benz Vaneo

Price/availability: about £14,500 to £18,000. On in May.

Engines/transmissions: 1,598cc, petrol: 82bhp at 5,000rpm, ft of torque at 2,500rpm. 1,598cc, petrol: 102bhp at 5,250rpm, ft at 4,000rpm. 1,898cc, four-cylinder 125bhp at 5,500rpm, 133lb ft at 1,689cc, four-cylinder turbodiesel: at 4,200rpm, 133lb ft at 1,600-3,200rpm. manual gearbox. Automatic system (ACS) available the range. Five-speed automatic an all bar entry level models. drive.

Performance: (provisional data, and ACS models; auto figures in 1.6 82bhp: top speed 96mph, in 15.8sec, EC Urban fuel 27.3mpg, CO2 emissions 187g/km.

1.6 104mph (101)/13.5sec (13.5)/26.5mpg (199).

1.9: 112mph (11.1)/26.5mpg (29.7)/197g/km (204).

1.7 99mph (97)/14.0sec (16.0)/38.3mpg (174).


Worth considering: Scenic, from £12,400. Zafira, from £13,995. Multipla, from £14,895.

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