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by Matt Campbell

The new-generation 2015 Mercedes-Benz Vito van has arrived in Australia.

Boasting an entirely new look and revised drivetrains, the updated Vito model has also been given a boost to its standard equipment list.

The existing Mercedes-Benz Vito range kicked off from $38,990 plus on-road costs for the 110CDI, but the new model has arrived with a sharper drive-away price for the entry-level 111CDI model of $36,990.

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That makes it more affordable than the most basic Ford Transit Custom you can buy ($37,490 plus on-road costs), but dearer than the likes of the new Renault Trafic (the base model kicks off at $32,990 driveaway).

Other prices have risen across the Vito range – the 114BlueTEC, which replaces the 113CDI, has seen a $2250 price jump to $41,940 plus costs.

The new 116BlueTEC (replaces the 116CDI) is $2650 dearer, now starting at $47,340.

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The range-topping 119BlueTEC is the only model that sees a price drop, down from $56,690 to $53,700 in like-for-like long-wheelbase guise. The new model does away with the V6 turbo diesel engine, though, in favour of a new four-cylinder with similar torque but lower fuel consumption. See below for more on that.

As for the Crew Cab models, the 114BlueTEC replaces the 113CDI and adds $2400 to the price (now $51,390), while the high-spec 119BlueTEC takes the place of the V6-powered 122CDI, and its price drops by $3000 to $57,190.

The short-wheelbase (SWB) model measures 4895 millimetres long, riding on a 3200mm wheelbase. Its load space measures 2586mm long, 1685mm wide and has 1270mm of space between the wheel arches. All Vito models measure 1928mm wide and 1910mm tall.

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The mid-wheelbase (MWB) body style is reserved for the Crew Cab model, which includes a second row of seats. It spans 5140mm from front to rear, and rides on a 3200mm wheelbase. Its load space is limited to 2831mm, but there’s a row of seats that eat into about 1200mm of that allowance. Those rear chairs are fitted in a 60:40 formation, with the middle and driver’s side seats featuring ISOFIX anchor points. The rear seats can be removed, too.

The LWB Vito has an extra 230mm of space between the front and rear wheels (3430mm), and its overall length grows to 5370mm. The load space of the LWB model spans 3061mm long, 1685mm wide and 1270mm between the wheel arches.

Buyers of the Mercedes-Benz Vito range have four drivetrains to choose from.

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The entry-level 111CDI 1.6-litre four-cylinder is front-wheel drive, and comes with a six-speed manual gearbox. It produces 84kW of power and 270Nm of torque. Fuel consumption is claimed at 6.2 litres per 100 kilometres, and this model is the only Vito that doesn’t require AdBlue and it’s also the only one without stop-start. It can be had in SWB or LWB.

The next step up is the 114BlueTEC, which has a 2.1-litre four-cylinder diesel turbo engine producing 100kW and 330Nm, and that version can be had with a six-speed manual (fuel use: 6.4L/100km) or optional seven-speed automatic (6.1L/100km). It’s rear-wheel drive, and is available in SWB and LWB styles.

The 116BlueTEC has a more powerful 2.1-litre four-cylinder turbo diesel engine producing 120kW and 380Nm. It comes only with a seven-speed auto and rear-wheel drive, in SWB and LWB lengths. Fuel use is claimed at 6.0L/100km.

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The top-spec Vito is the 119BlueTEC, which uses a powered-up 2.1-litre four-cylinder turbo diesel producing 140kW and 440Nm – which means there’s no 3.0-litre six-cylinder model any more. It’s rear-drive, with a seven-speed auto only, and can be had in SWB or LWB guise. Fuel use is claimed at 6.0L/100km, down 2.4L/100km compared to the old top-dog model.

The Crew Cab model is only available with the middle-sized body (MWB), but can be optioned with either the 100kW/330Nm diesel or the 140kW/440Nm big bopper. Again, it’s auto and rear-drive only.

The Crew Cab comes standard with a six-seat layout (3+3) but there’s the option of a five-seat (2+3) layout at no cost, and the twin sliding side doors are both glazed for occupants to see out. The rear seats also get ground level air vents.

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In terms of load capability, the SWB versions all have 5.8 cubic metres of capacity, where LWB models offer 6.9m3. The MWB Crew Cab models have 3.6m3 of space behind the second row of seats.

Payloads for all vans are as follows:

  • 111CDI SWB: 1285kg
  • 111CDI LWB: 1235kg
  • 114BlueTEC SWB: 1180kg
  • 114BlueTEC LWB: 1130kg
  • 116BlueTEC SWB: 1155kg
  • 116BlueTEC LWB: 1110kg
  • 119BlueTEC SWB: 1145kg
  • 119BlueTEC LWB: 1100kg
  • 114BlueTEC MWB Crew Cab: 905kg
  • 119BlueTEC MWB Crew Cab: 895kg

Buyers can customise their vans with glazed side doors ($340 per side) and there’s also the option of rear barn doors at $715, where some competitors offer that at no cost. A bulkhead – standard on some rivals – is also an added-cost option, priced at $1290.

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Standard safety gear includes crosswind assist and a driver drowsiness detection system. All Vitos come with front airbags as standard, but side/thorax airbags are optional ($350 per side), as are curtain airbags ($790 both sides). Further, Crew Cab buyers should note that airbag protection is unavailable for second-row occupants.

As with the Valente people-mover, the Vito is offered with a range of optional safety features, which Mercedes-Benz is selling primarily in packaged bundles.

The Parking Package ($1700) adds Active Parking Assist system with parking sensors front and rear and a reverse-view camera.

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The Technology Package costs $2400, and builds on the Parking Package by adding Becker Map Pilot satellite navigation.

There’s also the Driving Assistance Package at $1600, which has collision prevention, blind-spot monitoring, lane-keeping assistance and a leather steering wheel, as well as rain-sensing wipers.

The Lane Tracking package is a $1300 proposition, and deletes the collision prevention technology from the above pack.

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Vito models require maintenance every 25,000 kilometres, which is longer than the likes of the Ford Transit Custom (15,000km). Mercedes-Benz previously had a condition-based service program where the van would advise when maintenance was required, but the German brand says fleet buyers wanted more clarity on when their vans would be out of use.

There are three non-metallic paint finishes (Arctic White, Jupiter Red and Broom Yellow), while four metallic hues are also on offer (Flint Grey, Brilliant Silver, Cavansite Blue and Obsidian Black).

2015 Mercedes-Benz Vito pricing, plus on-road costs (promotional driveaway pricing in brackets):

  • 111CDI SWB manual: $37,140 ($36,990*)
  • 111CDI LWB manual: $40,440 ($39,990*)
  • 114BlueTEC SWB manual: $41,940
  • 114BlueTEC SWB auto: $44,815
  • 114BlueTEC LWB manual: $45,240
  • 114BlueTEC LWB auto: $48,115
  • 116BlueTEC SWB auto: $47,340
  • 116BlueTEC LWB auto: $50,640
  • 119BlueTEC SWB auto: $50,400
  • 119BlueTEC LWB auto: $53,700
  • 114BlueTEC MWB Crew Cab auto: $51,390
  • 119BlueTEC MWB Crew Cab auto: $57,190

2015 Mercedes-Benz Vito standard equipment:

  • Dual front airbags
  • ESC
  • Crosswind Assist
  • Fatigue detection
  • Adjustable front seat for driver and passenger
  • 5.8-inch colour media screen (no CD player)
  • Bluetooth phone and audio streaming
  • USB input
  • Cruise control
  • Dual side sliding doors
  • Top-hinged tailgate
  • Panelling in compartment area
  • Heated side mirrors



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