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Mercedes-Benz Vito Sport

Words and Photos by Gary — posted 16/03/2011

Vito Sport 120CDI

just missing the podium at the Sport sponsored Bristol Mercedes-Benz approached us to take a at the Vito Sport itself as a and MTB utility vehicle. Here we a look at the range topping V6 diesel in it’s Dualiner, configuration.

Ask on any MTB forum the question, MTB van?” . and you’ll usually a of response for VW’s Transporter. But are keen to point out that is every bit a match for the VW. And through a programme of sponsoring sporting and pro teams/riders, they’re actually to what the real users of vehicles actually want.

a V6 diesel offering a very 204bhp of power.

We were the Dualiner 120 CDI. Externally it like the panel van, but the is moved back and you get a set of removable seats at the expense of rear space. The 120 CDI engine is a turbocharged V6 offering a very pokey of power and 440nm of torque. A modest 4-cylinder model is with a manual gearbox and auto, the 120 CDI is offered as an auto

Video of Brechfa visit the Vito Sport

The Vito is fantastic looking vehicle in its Metallic paint, 17” colour-coded body plastics and step-up bars — it looks the part! Further to distinguish it from the more standard Vitos include seats, air-con, the auto and cruise control. Visually the styling still feels a workman-like rather than but the quality is excellent and it’s a nod to practicality with everything but the being wipe-clean. The non-carpeted but finished floors are particularly for cleaning up after muddy have been in and out but are likely to scruffy quite quickly. like suspension fork bag studs or plastic containers dragged in and out seemed to scuff up a bit in just a few days use, but purely a cosmetic issue.

to the load area is via twin doors rather than a style opening, great for when room to the rear of the is limited, not so good for sheltering the rain while getting The twin sliding side remain allowing access to the the seating area and they’re and tinted. The rear doors are windowed but completely blacked out for which is good.

the Dualiner happily take four four bikes and all their

The rear load space of the looks a bit disappointing initially, the aspect means the rear eat hugely into its length and the wheel arches take up a portion of the floor plan left with. But to be fair comparable to the VW Transporter Kombi in though. You won’t get any bikes in and we could only manage two width ways (plus by just taking the front out. But even then we had to let the tyres down and it was a case of them in behind the wheel Take both wheels out of the though and the Dualiner will take four riders, bikes and all their kit. The is there, it’s just not as flexible as some would Some kind of configurable system would allow a to be put in above the wheel arches and the floor plan, but also the huge vertical space to be used. A longer wheelbase is available to give a bit of extra

On the other hand, the rear area is almost too generous excessive amounts of legroom, but the panel doors do dictate the location and in turn how the space is up. That said there’s of space for extra kit here you’ve got people in the back or and with the seats being it doubles up as a second load Unfortunately the non-removable bulkhead it can’t be converted back to a panel-van.

0-60 covered in a sporty-hatchback 8.3 seconds.

Driving the Vito was a an un-vanlike experience. Yes, the is a touch heavy and the pedals weighty, and when you turn in obvious you’re still what is essentially derived a large commercial vehicle. But the is otherwise very good, the wheel drive chassis is and there’s little body The ride quality is very despite its keen, sporty with cabin noise low and road surfaces largely Rolling down the normally track out of the Brechfa car park it hit home just how good the quality is! The adjustable cruise is a huge bonus and something you miss until you’ve had it, and it really helps make work of long motorway or road journeys.

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The performance the 3.0L V6 diesel is simply with 0-60 covered in a worrying 8.3 seconds. But it’s the in acceleration and uphill performance it really shines and it’s a shame that the auto-only dulls it a bit. A nudge of the lever left or right you to override the auto-box, but quite you find yourself putting foot down only to for the auto to dither and make its up before finally unleashing the 440nm of neck wrenching But pre-emptively down-shift the auto and the throttle, and that stereotypical wave of power kicks in, well up into the rev range, in a very un-diesel sounding It’s amazing to think driving almost two-tons of vehicle! The auto is generally to have for a large chunk of the but many would prefer the option and it really would add to the element of the Vito.

crossing wet campsites and the like, a lot of power going down those rear wheels.

The of this strong engine is its The auto box makes it tricky to economically, although the cruise helps on the motorway. We barely 30mpg running a return of Bristol to Brechfa. Start to use the performance on tap and it’s very to get an MPG in the low 20s! The rear drive also makes life a interesting. Vitos are likely to be a bit of mild offroading crossing wet and the like, and it’s a lot of power down through those wheels. When filming we the rear end very keen to up simply pulling out of soggy lay-bys.

While it might seem the Dualiner configuration might the Vito somewhat, it does the benefit of doubling up as very family car. And as mentioned, if you do a bit of work loading it, it will four riders and kit, in — not something many can boast. If your MTB van needs to as your main car too then a perfectly great compromise. if you’re priority is getting a of bikes in whole with all kit, plus having the to shut yourself in and get changed, or sleep in the thing, the Vito can be had as a 2-seat panel van and this is a better choice.

The exact Van and we drove comes in at £22,700 + VAT Vito Sports starting £19,750+ VAT for 115CDI. It’s a big but the model we had is priced inline the largest engined VW Transporter and a lot of the kit you get for that price with the (air con, sat nav, control) are all rather pricey on the VW, so in that respect it’s value.

Any criticisms leveled at the configuration are not specific to the Vito, as any five-seater version of a panel van is going to be a compromise in terms of space. But some kind of configuration system for the rear would make the Dualiner compromised.

The wide gap between the engine means you may struggle to pick the frugal but more sluggish 115 CDI and the and excessive 120 CDI though. We loved the but if we were picking up that bill each month probably quickly tire of it.

we loved our time with the it was comfortable and nice to drive, and it our kit around without needing to be about ruining a car. Add to the decent equipment levels, and got a genuine substitute for the family

Mercedes-Benz Vito combi
Mercedes-Benz Vito combi
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