MercedesBenz Vaneo 1 7 CDI Family | CARkeys

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In motoring, as in so many aspects of first appearances are not always . and there can’t be many examples of that than the Vaneo.

The name isn’t help, suggesting that mini-MPV is based on a van when it is in based on no such thing. The hurdle is that I imagine a lot of might be put off by the Vaneo’s external

It is certainly the weirdest-looking heffalump the industry has produced since. that would be the Fiat then. And at least the Multipla deliberately weird. The Vaneo seems to have been at more or less by accident.

The brief was to create a small-ish carrier based on the A-Class, the close facial resemblance. the Vaneo is longer, it’s fairly compact in terms of space, but it has a quite incredible of interior space. It will four very large with no trouble at all, and as as you don’t go for the optional third row of you can also fit very bulky in the luggage space.

All this volume (accounting for 70% of the car’s total, according to is made possible by the Vaneo’s height. It’s about 1.2 from floor to roof, the fact that the floor you sit on is, as in the a large sandwich-style affair. The behind that is that, in the of a front-end smash, the engine and will be carried under, into, the front occupants, is worth remembering when considering how close you sit to the nose of the

With the rear seats the Vaneo becomes, to all intents and a van. It also looks a van. In some ways it like a van from the driver’s thanks to the enormous windscreen. On the hand, it also doesn’t like a van at all, partly the high floor allows a position that is very to that of a saloon car.

Likewise, the build quality is that of a passenger vehicle than a commercial. And the feel of the controls will be immediately to anyone who has driven a Mercedes

There are four engines in the including three petrol of 1.4, 1.6 and 1.9 litres. The test though, used a 1.7-litre diesel, which feels until you realise that you to press the accelerator pedal way before the action starts. you’re into the way of this, the turns out to be usefully powerful, to the that on damp roads it can the grip of the front tyres and little understeering moments or of wheelspin.

That’s the only criticism of the way the Vaneo drives. its very un-car-like shape is apparent, it has remarkably good manners. It’s not at its happiest on with lots of crests and but it’s a smooth runner on major routes, and it soaks up bumps very well

Our car had a five-speed manual gearbox a normal clutch, though you can get a manual with automatic (not something I’d go for after experience with system on other models) or a automatic transmission. The last-named an extra £1215 and includes the cruise control which you get on models.

Mercedes-Benz Vaneo 1.9

In case you were by the word Family in the car’s it refers to the middle of the three trim levels, of which and Ambiente are the bottom and top respectively. included in Family but not in Trend a second rear view-mirror watching and, if necessary, at rear passengers), a 12-volt in the luggage area, front windows, roof rails, boxes under the rear and a waste bag which can be secured to the

Also in Family models, the space includes both a shopping box and a pull-out loading which can carry a handy That’s if you load it in the middle the recommended maximum drops to if you put heavy objects on the unsupported

This is all useful stuff. If you pay the £1100 for an Ambiente you get less of the (though it’s still as options) but fancier equipment as air-conditioning, alloy wheels and a of leather trim. Personally I the Family set-up is the best, but are bound to differ.

In the time-honoured manner you can also shell out a lot for extra equipment, including very fancy stereo a cockpit management and navigation a mobile phone, parking and so on. Some of the options are grouped in five activity packs Carry, Cycle, Dog (yes, Surf and Winter Sports, to the lifestyle of the owner. Prices wildly for the packs, since of the items are already included in the of the car they will be fitted to, on trim level.

I wasn’t too convinced by the Vaneo the time I saw it, but it grew on me a lot. it may not be a great looker, it is beautifully ingeniously designed, enormously and far better to drive than a glance would suggest. I a nasty feeling that the may persuade many potential to look elsewhere, but that be a pity, because they then miss out on what gradually come to think of as one of the effective mini-MPVs on the market.

opinion . Yes, you have to this car rather just at its appearance (as a number of motoring have done) to appreciate its points. While definitely it’s very strong on and adaptability, having been from the start with load-carrying and seat-moving arrangements. The was one of the very first cars on the UK with a common rail diesel engine, and the unit here was a smooth runner, — burying your foot in the sandwich floor or not the Vaneo is no firecracker away a standing start. Unexpectedly to drive, and I appreciated the auxiliary heater on some cold-morning before the very efficient built up enough disposable to kick off the main heating Ross Finlay .

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

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