October's Used Van Hero

Andy Picton

13 Oct 2017, Blog Post

FOR THOSE WANTING A RELIABLE AND ROBUST VAN

The Mercedes Benz Vito doesn’t always feature at the top of everyone’s list when it comes to purchasing new vehicles however, there is no denying its flexibility and the reputation of the brand behind the ‘three pointed star’. If you are looking for a reliable, well-built vehicle along with a bit of kudos, then look no further.

WHY?

This is a great medium size van that is often overshadowed by its bigger brother: the Sprinter. The latest generation Vito offers GVWs ranging from 2,500kg to 3,200kg, with engines that range from the tried and tested FWD 1.6-litre unit to Mercedes-Benz own RWD 2.1-litre engine. Performance is impressive, as is the MPG and there is the option of a 7-speed automatic transmission for those who want an effortless drive. The cab fit and finish is to a high standard with plenty of comfort from the well-constructed seats.

WHEN WAS IT ON SALE?

Originally launched in 1996, the latest and the third version, was launched in Germany in 2014 with the rest of Europe coming on board early the following year.

WHAT’S GOOD?

A good driving position with great visibility. Reliable and economical engines offer trouble-free driving whilst standard equipment includes wind assist, hill hold function and twin side loading doors. The BlueEfficiency pack adds the benefit of start-stop, low resistant tyres and enhanced aerodynamics to improve fuel economy.

The experienced dealer network is one of the best, whilst service intervals of two years or 25,000 miles help keep you on the road for longer.

WHAT’S BAD?

Those customers needing a high roof option will be out of luck with the Vito. Although offered with the previous generation model, it’s not available currently. The foot operated handbrake – unique in this sector - isn’t to everyone’s liking and can feel a little awkward at times.

Check to make sure there are no outstanding recalls for any software upgrades. Check for a good service history on any older models. 

IDEAL BUY?

Mercedes Benz Vito 114CDI 2.1Bluetec Long 2015/65 plate 36,000 Miles - Retail £14,425 Trade £12,450.

About the author

Andy Picton

Andy PictonSenior Commercial Vehicle Editor

Having worked previously for Barclays Asset Finance, LeasePlan and now Glass’s, Andy has over 25 years experience in the commercial vehicle industry, working closely with manufacturers, leasing companies, traders, dealers and auction houses. He's been at Glass’s since 2002 and recently taken on the role of Senior Commercial Vehicle Editor managing our industry-leading team of valuation experts. He loves football, music and obviously commercial vehicles.