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Mercedes-Benz Vaneo 1.7 CDI Family

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APART its coveted three-pointed star, Mercedes model has little cheaper rivals don’t offer.

I am going to set my stall out at the start here. For the week I driving the Mercedes-Benz Vaneo, I much of it scratching my head and ‘why?’. Forget the simple about why you would give a a name as glamourous as a pile of More, why would Mercedes-Benz such a car, at such a and with such meagre

Surely the point of mini-MPVs is they are cheap to run, to buy, practical and easy to That is why the likes of Vauxhall, and Citroen are so good at making Mercedes-Benz, on the other hand, is – possibly the best in the world – at desirable, luxurious, expensive

The Vaneo, looking like an which has grown into a teenager, falls uncomfortably those two stools.

The automatic 1.7 CDI version on test costs on-the-road, comfortably eclipsing a mid-range Citroen Xsara the best seller in the market, by £4,000.

So what are you paying It is as well built as an A-class which means it is constructed solidly than most but uses cheaper materials other more expensive models.

Within the driver’s are many of the comfortingly well quality switches and chunky and everything is set out along the pleasing axis, as used in the A-class. The are very comfortable and there are seven of them, so larger will fit in.

But seven seats use up all the space, with the back two up against the rear door. And try them out. You cannot the system and they click in and out

The seats are also constructed of quality if rather naff materials, but they are so, so heavy. The two are bad enough, but the individual second row is a … weight, and I have to say I it a struggle, let alone a mother after a petulant brood and a shopping.

The Family pack on our vehicle comes with booster seat, ABS with assist, front electric mirrors, electronic stability a pull-out loading floor in the and fold-out tables on the back of the seats.

For £18,590, this is not It does not even come air conditioning, something the kids love on a hot day, or a CD player. As for the 1.7 CDI common rail diesel it is noisy and slow. In fact, at it is as noisy as any diesel I have in the past year or two.

speed is not a consideration here, I have thought that would have been. It at least return a decent combined, although the automatic box carbon dioxide emissions up 157g/km for the manual to 174. The is fine but the steering is heavy and work at slow speed – a mini- MPV should be light and to guide around town?

I come back to the question of If Mercedes-Benz had its heart set on building a why not do it in great style at an expensive for those who have loads of

Instead it is trying to reach into a market it doesn’t how to compete in, and the Vaneo risks expensive and pointless.

Only the supreme badge snobs opt for this over the competition.

Vaneo 1.7 CDI Family fact

Delivered price, standard car value): £18,590

CO2 emissions 174

BIK % of P11D in 2002: 19%

Graduated VED £150

Insurance group: 7

mpg: 47.9

CAP Monitor value: £6,200/34%

Depreciation pence per mile x 60,000):

Maintenance (2.66 pence per x 60,000): £1,596

Fuel (9.00 pence per x 60,000): £5,400

Wholelife (30.89 pence per mile x £18,534

Typical contract rate: £413 per month

All based on 3yrs/60,000 miles. rental quote from Vehicle Finance

Three to consider

Peugeot 307 SW SE TD HDi 110 7seater

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Scenic 1.9 dCi Privilege Monaco

Vauxhall Zafira 2.0 DTi Elegance

competition for the Vaneo proved because it streaks ahead in and P11D price. As a result the Berlingo doesn’t make it it cannot come close. is to its credit, though. The Scenic closest because it offers the Monaco model, which has and all the goodies. The 307 SW is the cheapest, and at nearly less than the Vaneo, has seats, a swish sunroof and driving qualities. It looks a buy.

307 SW £16,655


Not much in it on service, maintenance and costs, but the Vaneo comes out as the expensive. But those who believe a Mercedes-Benz leads to sky-high bills will not find here. Servicing for the Vaneo is by the ASSYST variable service package, which warns the when it is in need of a garage in the near future.

Scenic 2.16ppm


Vaneo 19.23ppm


WHOLELIFE costs here are consistent. The most expensive – the – is also the most expensive to run the cheapest – the 307 SW – is the least expensive. The surprise is that Mercedes-Benz did not do its trick of blasting the competition on Because of excellent fuel and good servicing costs, the 307 clear space between and the others. Over 60,000 it would cost about less than the Vaneo.


Vaneo 30.89ppm

and BIK tax rates

The results are skewed there are few automatics in this at this price. So the Vaneo and the do worse than the manual 307 as a The worst performer is the Zafira, manages to be manual, yet still be the emitting vehicle. Because of the bandings the gap is not too large, but look out in years time when the tax increase.

Scenic 173g/km/19%



There is something for here. The Zafira is high and very competent with seating and lots of space. The 307 SW is car-like and stylish, has less but still has seven seats, for more occasional use. The Scenic is the luxurious alternative lots of extras but only seats, although they are – would you let mucky children on As for the Vaneo, the other three cover all the bases in better except the ‘I must a Mercedes’ option.

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