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Mercedes-Benz Vito Crew Cab

Broadcast dates : 13th November 2005
19th November 2005

With the Vito, Mercedes-Benz has, in a sense, re-invented the wheel. Or at least the way people have come to view MPVs and cars with the Mercedes badge.

The Vito is a reversion to the original MPV, the Volkswagen Kombi of 1950, where space, rather than luxury image, was a primary concern.

As for the exterior, the trim is no-nonsense, including steel wheels and utilitarian plastic.

But still, that three-pointed star emblem carries a lot of weight in the prestige stakes.

The Vito Crew Cab is never going to satisfy luxury aspirations. The seat coverings are in durable plasticised cloth, the tilting mechanisms of the seats are exposed, and the coverings for the load area are one hundred percent utilitarian.

Thatís not meant as a criticism of the vehicle, as it remains a very solid, well-built conveyance, with modern-day essentials like air-con and airbag protection.
The Crew Cab uses a modern-generation Mercedes-Benz diesel engine, mounted north to south with rear-wheel-drive.

The engine is a little unrefined but acceptable for this type of machine. And its semi panel-van looks see it equally at home in an urban or industrial environment.

Itís on the open road that the Vito comes into its own. Itís a particularly stable vehicle with good aerodynamics.

But around town, Hendrik found some drawbacks.

In other dynamic areas, the Vito is a good commuting tool. It has an excellent turning circle for such a large hunk of metal, and its torque rating of three-hundred and thirty Newton metres enables snappy maneuvering in traffic.

It also features good active safety equipment such as ABS, traction control and Brake Assist, making it a safe family vehicle.

At a price of R257 600, itís definitely attracting many family buyers.

Mercedes-Benz Vito Crew Cab
  • Engine: Four-cylinder turbodiesel, 2 148 cc
  • Power : 110 kW @ 3 800 rpm
  • Torque: 330 Nm @ 1 800 rpm
  • Transmission: Six-speed manual rear-wheel-drive
  • 0-100 km/h: 13,5 seconds
  • Top speed: 179 km/h
  • Fuel consumption: 13,2 litres/100 km (Car Magazine figures) 
  • Price: R257 600
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