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Mercedes-Benz Vito

Mercedes-Benz Vito review

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James Stanford tests and reviews the Mercedes-Benz delivery van.

. in the Classic rally The Porsche 911 Turbo is too fast in a straight line for me to get

I’ve caught up, despite 30 seconds behind, but there is no way I can him. You see, I’m in a Mercedes-Benz Vito. When the PR at Mercedes-Benz asks me to drive a van in the Adelaide tarmac rally, I he has lost his mind. Of course I because I’ll race even a wheelie bin, if it belongs to someone else.

The Adelaide is the rally for fantastic in Australia. The gallery of precious this year includes flawless Mercedes Gullwings the 1950s, stunning Jaguar Le specials, classic Ferraris. De Nissan GT-Rs, Toyota AMGs. and my van.

This isn’t any old van though, a Vito with a 3.0-litre diesel V6. The figures suggest it get along ok. The engine produces and 440Nm of torque. It is linked up to a automatic and the power goes to the wheels.

Size and fit-out

I lie though. When I first see it in the car with all the exotic machinery I am It’s an Extra Long cab and it is massive. I am pretty sure it is the only vehicle longer 5m in the event (5223mm). It stands out an elephant in the loungeroom parked to the low slung Aston Martins and that also run in the Thoroughbred class. The Vito has a second row of which means it can carry people comfortably as well as a cargo area best as cavernous.

There’s 3.65m2 of load and, if you take out the second row, that swells to

The Vito would make a support vehicle for one of the race and that is what all the officials it is. Every time we roll up to the of a stage, the officials wave us Support vehicles go that they shout.

My co-driver, Tom and I point to the numbers on the side of the van and we are actually in the event. After a few the officials get it, but usually ask something Why? It’s a good Mercedes thought this van go quite fast, and they right. Holding down the and building up the revs at the same means the Vito shoots off the It doesn’t sling away the start like the AMG rockets in of me, but it is impressive for something you can move with.

The engine has plenty of go from but then it’s time to changing gears. There is no this engine out to the red-line. all very quiet in here, with a helmet on. That’s because I can hear Tom’s about tricky corners up, but strange because racing is accompanied by an awesome soundtrack of noise.

Corners are a bit of a problem. The van is so and winning tarmac rallies all that high on the priority when it was being developed. The suspension is soft and the Vito lean a fair amount. You get the that if you push too hard it just fall over. It is the van to be sold in Australia with a star crash protection but I’d still rather not especially as it doesn’t have a cage.

At least the suspension is predictable and the tyres have a lot of grip. I off the traction control system, but the Stability Control is on all the time. It on a few times, usually in the tight but isn’t too intrusive.

No cars me on the first few stages, so I press a bit Maintaining high corner is the key. While the torque is this engine doesn’t a heap of power to play so you don’t want to wash off any unnecessarily. I’m really hard on the last stage lunch and after about 6km I see a of red up ahead. It looks very like the Porsche 911 Turbo left the line 30 seconds It is. He isn’t so quick through the but has enough grunt to keep me for the next two kilometres before the finish.

Mercedes-Benz Vito

Our class isn’t timed, but we in a stopwatch to compare with the in some of the other classes. limited to a top speed of 130km/h, but other cars can go as fast as want and most also full pace notes.

the event I check some of our and realise the big Vito has beaten pretty impressive machinery, on the second day when the roads quite slippery after morning rain. On one stage, our van was than a Lancia Delta a 1995 BMW M3, and a Mitsubishi EVO IV, on another we are than a 1994 Porsche 911 Not bad for a stock standard delivery

Mercedes Vito Extra Crew Cab

Price: $58,490

3.0-litre V6 turbo diesel

150kW at 3800rpm

Torque: at 1600-2400 revs

Transmission: automatic, rear-wheel drive

economy: 9.2L/100km combined

Mercedes-Benz Vito
Mercedes-Benz Vito
Mercedes-Benz Vito
Mercedes-Benz Vito


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