NOT every business chooses to run brand new vehicles, many are quite happy to dip into the used market when it comes to replacing a van. For those looking for a reliable and robust van Glass’s Used Van Hero may be just the ticket.
Each month, Glass’s Commercial Vehicle Editors hold a meeting to name the current Used Van Hero in the UK market – the model they believe offers versatility, economy and outstanding value for money. And the name that came out of the October meeting is the Mercedes-Benz Vito.
Andy Picton, Glass’s Chief Commercial Vehicle Editor:
“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’. The Vito has something for everyone, available in van to multi-purpose minibus with three body lengths, FWD and RWD and a number of power outputs.”
Sounds like the Vito covers all the bases quite effectively.
The Mercedes-Benz Vito is the medium size van in the Mercedes range and is often overshadowed by its larger sibling, the Sprinter. The Vito has proved popular since it was launched in 1996, the current version being the third generation which arrived in 2015.
The latest generation Vito offers vans ranging from 2,500kg to 3,200kg Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW), with engines that start with the tried and tested 1.6-litre unit and go up to a 2.1-litre engine. Performance and MPG are impressive and there is also the option of a 7-speed automatic transmission for those who want an easy drive.
The Vito provides a good driving position with great visibility and the cab is finished to the high standard you would expect from a Mercedes with plenty of comfort from the well-constructed seats. The engines are reliable and economical so trouble-free driving and low running costs are the rule rather than the exception.
Standard equipment includes wind assist, hill hold function and twin side loading doors. If you opt for a Vito that has the BlueEfficiency pack it will add a start-stop function, low resistant tyres and enhanced aerodynamics to further improve fuel economy.
On the downside there is no high roof option on the current models – although the previous generation models did benefit – so you will be restricted in at least one dimension. The foot operated handbrake is unique in the van sector and isn’t to everyone’s liking, but once you get used to it you’ll wonder what the fuss was about.
Glass’s Used Van Hero of choice is the Mercedes-Benz Vito 114CDI 2.1Bluetec Long Wheelbase. On a 2015/65 plate with 36,000 Miles you should expect to pay around £12-14,000 depending on condition and specification. Glass’s also recommend you ensure there are no outstanding recalls for any software up grades and that you check for a good service history.
As Andy Picton added, “if you are looking for a reliable, well-built vehicle along with a bit of kudos, then look no further”.
We’ll second that.