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Benz Vito Tourer born to run -but don’t expect way too much

MERCEDES BENZ is synonymous with safety and comfort, its’ no wonder its Vito Tourer 111 edition further strengthens that adage: a German badge.

Benz Vito Tourer born to run -but don’t expect way too much

Born to run. The Vito Tourer 111 a panel Van with a purpose despite hard plastics all over and a few ‘nuts & bolts’.

Being a functional ‘thing’ as labelled by some- it is more of a panel van as opposed to its brother the classical V-Class.

As we tested, one could not help but experience hard-plastics everywhere with occasional niceties such as cruise control and infotainment system. This is dependent on which model you might prefer.

Yes, a few ‘nuts and bolts’ but we soldiered on to investigate what difference it brings to the market of panel vans.

The Tourer model, which comes in “Pro” and “Select” trim and is aimed at providing family transport that can be customised to each individual family.

With lengths: long 5140mm and up to 6.6 m³ load compartment capacity in the extra-long version, it can be turned into anything you want from carrying work load, transporting teammates or for business leisure.

One of my friend’s a GP hinted ‘this could be turned into a taxi’ of which yours truly responded “if the shoe fits why not wear it?”

Using the front-wheel-drive model, known as the Vito 111 CDI, it comes with an 84kW/270Nm 1.6-litre turbo diesel motor and a six speed manual gearbox, which for me, was not bad as it clogged 150km/h along the N1 towards Vosloorus- carrying only three passengers.

Additionally, the Vito BlueEFFICIENCY package is available in rear-wheel guise and standard for the 116 and 119 Tourers (with auto transmission).

Fuel consumption is rated at a claimed 5.7 litres/100km for the Vito 116 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY.

All Vito’s are sold with five-year or 120 000km service plan (up from five-year or 90 000km).

Service intervals are rated at 40 000km or two years.

According to Mercedes-Benz SA: “It is also available on Mercedes-Benz Financial Services’ industry-leading leasing agreement Agility, and is offered with CharterWay, the manufacturer’s range of maintenance plans.”

Born to run-indeed…

Warranty and service plan: All Vito models come with a five-year /120 000km service plan

The Vito Tourer 111 retails for R 525 000

Verdict

Performance 1-10 (4)

Fuel- Diesel 1-10 (4)  

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