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  • Kampfer

    It priced so close to Tarago. Toyota better watch out.

  • MattP

    This van (and the Tarago) are whipped by the Hyundai iMax.  I’d suggest you go and look at the space for the 8 occupants PLUS luggage and any objective observer would see the Hyundai is superior (851 litres compared to 730 in the Benz and the figure is so low in the Toyota they’re too embarassed to quote it in their own online brochure!)

    Plus no turbodiesel in the Toyota and less power and torque in the Benz.

    Plus $10,000 to $20,000 in your pocket.  There is a reason so few of these sell . . . . the consumers are not stupid.

    • Bang

      Lol the iMax doesn’t even have curtain airbags let alone a five star safety rating like this.

  • Bachman Turner Overdrive

    These vans do not have a good reputation for reliability and running costs. The iMax is more reliable, cheaper to run and is way cheaper. Also the iMax has a longer warranty. Benz only offers 3 years and you can’t extent it! Why? My bet is that Benz knows its product is inferior in reliability to its Asian rivals and is not prepared to risk warranting its product beyond 3 years.

    • Phil

      Some of Mercedes vans are made in Asia……

      Also the length of a warranty does not correlate to the level of reliability – if it did, we’d see Hyundai/Kia/Renault/Mitsubishi at the top of the reliability surveys (usually their near the bottom) with their 5 year warrantys and Toyota/Honda/Mercedes right at the bottom (usually near the top) with their minimal 3 year warrantys.

      • Galverstone

        The country of manufacture shouldn’t really make a difference, but in case it does be aware that no Australian delivered Mercedes van has been built in Asia since the MB100/MB140 series vans were ran-out ten years ago

  • Talkscheap

    Drive the Hyundai at more than parking speed in a supermnarket car park and you will know why the MB is a better drive, compare resale value and of course the safety features and the MB comes out on top.

    • Shak

      I have to agree with you here. As much as im rooting for Hyundai and all their new products, the i-Max is nowehre near as good as the Vito/Viano. It may be cheaper and better packaged but the drive pick will always go to MB.

    • Bachman Turner Overdrive

      I agree, the MB is the better drive.., depends on what is important to you.

    • MattP

      Have you driven the iMax?  I have driven 50,000km in ours, it is excellent.  Quiet and comfortable on the highway, great turning circle makes it a breeze in the city.

      Is the Mercedes $20,000 better to drive?  Can anyone here talk from personal driving experience?

      • SteveR

        MattP, I can. Having driven the Vito wagon and the iMax. The Benz is most certainly better to drive. This should theoretically be even better due to the increased power and spec. 

      • Unionjack

        Have you driven a Benz is a better question there is no comparison in power,handling & safety, it’s worth more than $20,000, I often laugh when I pull out & overtake gutless other brands up hills

  • JD

    looks too commercial Chrysler Grand Voyage or Kia Carnival are my top picks, (they arent based on industrial vans)

  • davey

    I’m looking to replace our 2006 Grand Carnival, and would not buy another until they fix up the middle and rear rows lap only seatbelt to a proper lap/sash, like they have in the same US spec model. Shame on Kia for treating Aussies like disposable trash when the correct solution has been available for years in the litigous US.

    I’ve driven the diesel Vito plenty, and find it unpleasant compared to the Kia. I’m yet to see a tarted up delivery van that compares to the ride/handling of the Tarago, GC, Voyager etc. The Chrysler Voyager is well packaged, but totally lathargic and thirsty with the old 3.3 litre (is that engine from the 70′s?).

    The Schreyer inspired next generation Grand Carnival (I reckon they’ll rename it something funkier) will be a winner if Kia follow the innovation of his other creations.

    • MisterZed

      The current generation Voyager has never been offered with a 3.3L engine.  It used to have a 3.8L V6, but that has been replaced with the new Pentastar 3.6L V6 in the US market.  Here in Australia they don’t offer any petrol engine in Voyager anymore.

  • MisterZed

    Vito, Valente, Viano… those names don’t sound very Germanic to me.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rita.aquilina Rita Aquilina

    This is the first I’ve heard of the Valente – I was shopping for the Viano and the best I can get for the 3.0 diesel is $86,000 – in these tough times just out of our reach. Our current car is a 2005 Viano with 305,000kms of commercial tour work (2.2l Ambiente). I’ve also driven the iMax – the Hyundai IS a good car but doesn’t match the Benz and its superior dynamics. Can’t undersatnd why the iMax does not have Cruise Control and has a solid fixed rear seat. The Benz’s seats can be configured a myriad of ways (moved front back, folded, rolled forward, facing each other, single seats removed etc). With both the rows moved along their tracks a little the Benz easily has a bigger luggage area than the fixed rear of the iMax wholst retaining legroom.

    As far as the warranty is concerned – had the Cat converter changed and that’s about that. I find the 30,000km service intervals great and cheaper than my Ford’s or Holden’s. The self-levelling rear suspension is great – but had it totally replaced (bags, pump, shocks) at 275,000km for about $5,500. But I guess with the kms we do this is to be expected.

    But life as a Benz owner can be a case of “hold onto your wallet – Benz Parts Department are here to lighten it”. How about a $5200.00 ECU that is supplied in the UK for the equivelant of $1400.00!

    I’d buy a Hyundai in a flash, if I didn’t have to impress corporate clients and had simple set school runs to do for work. But a  Benz will always carry itself that much better than a Hyundai.

    John

    • Noddy

      Great review.

  • John B

    I am deciding to buy either a Mercedes Valente or a VW Multivan. I will be doing a bit of towing.
    Can anyone offer some advice.

    • Brownhairydog

      We have a multivan and it’s great. Tows just fine although mostly small trailer runs.

Mercedes-Benz Valente Specs

2.1L DIESEL TURBO F/INJ - 5 SP AUTOMATIC - 4D WAGON
Car Details
Make
MERCEDES-BENZ
Model
VALENTE
Year
2012
Body Type
4D WAGON
Seats
8
Engine Specifications
Engine Type
DIESEL TURBO F/INJ
Engine Size
2.1L
Cylinders
DIESEL TURBO 4
Max. Torque
360Nm @  1600rpm
Max. Power
120kW @  3800rpm
Pwr:Wgt Ratio
55.7W/kg
Bore & Stroke
83x92mm
Compression Ratio
16.2
Valve Gear
DUAL OVERHEAD CAM
Drivetrain Specifications
Transmission
5 SP AUTOMATIC
Drive Type
REAR WHEEL DRIVE
Final Drive Ratio
3.273
Fuel Specifications
Fuel Type
DIESEL
Fuel Tank Capacity
75
Fuel Consumption (Combined)
8.2L / 100km
Weight & Measurement
Kerb Weight
2155
Gross Vehicle Weight
5440Kg
Height
1875mm
Length
4993mm
Width
1901mm
Ground Clearance
149mm
Towing Capacity
Brake:2000  Unbrake:750
Steering & Suspension
Steering Type
RACK & PINION - POWER ASSISTED
Turning Circle
11.8
Front Rim Size
7x17
Rear Rim Size
7x17
Front Tyres
225/55 R17
Rear Tyres
225/55 R17
Wheel Base
3200
Front Track
1630
Rear Track
1630
Front Brakes
DISC - VENTILATED
Rear Brakes
DISC
Standard Features
Comfort
Auto Climate Control with Dual Temp Zones
Control & Handling
17 Inch Alloy Wheels, Electronic Brake Force Distribution, Electronic Stability Program, Traction Control System
Driver
Cruise Control, Power Steering
Entertainment
Radio CD with 8 Speakers
Exterior
Fog Lights - Front, Power Mirrors
Interior
Cloth Trim, Power Windows Front
Safety
Dual Airbag Package, Anti-lock Braking, Head Airbags, Side Airbags, Seatbelts - Pre-tensioners Front Seats
Security
Central Locking Remote Control, Engine Immobiliser
Optional Features
Driver
Satellite Navigation
Exterior
Metallic Paint, Xenon Headlights
Security
Alarm System/Remote Anti Theft
Other
Service Interval
12 months /  30,000 kms
Warranty
36 months /  200,000 kms
VIN Plate Location
8-H-14
Country of Origin
SPAIN