Mercedes-Benz Vito – bringing bling and zing to the mid-size van

Published on 18th June 2024 at 14:37

Sitting in the shadow of its bigger brother, the Sprinter and above that of the smaller 
Citan, the new Mercedes Vito is a mid-size van of worthy appraisal for anyone 
seeking a nimble, load carrier for country or city. 
The 2024 Vito’s payload is up to 1,354 kilograms and a gross vehicle weight set 
between 2.8 and 3.2 tons, and comes in three lengths and on two wheelbase options. 
The new Vito is priced from €35,106 for the 110-panel van version with BASE 
equipment line. My test van was priced at €49,948 ex VAT 
Customers will come from several areas, including corporate owners, van hire and fleet 
operators to small businesses and self-employed engineers, tradespeople, 
professional services, and parcel delivery specialists. 
No surprise, it wears its Mercedes face to identify its presence and pedigree, coming 
with a choice of three versions, a panel van, a Vito Mixto van-come-crew carrier and 
all-seater Vito Tourer. The eVito comes with 85kW, 114bhp, of electric push and pull. 
Three trim levels are on offer, BASE, PRO and SELECT. 
Power to the new Vito comes from Mercedes-Benz’s 2.0 litre, four-cylinder diesel 
engine. The battery-powered eVito van is equipped with a 60kWh battery. The 
electric motor has a peak output of 85 kW (116 hp) and a continuous output of 70 kW 
(95 hp) with a range of up to 319 kms. The transmission is 9G-Tronic or 6-speed manual. 
Sitting as it does in the mid-size category, the Vito is up against some serious 
competition, with the Ford Transit Custom, VW Transporter, Citroen Dispatch, 
Peugeot Expert, Opel Vivaro and Renault Trafic, all aggressively seeking to satisfy. 
My test van was powered by the 190bhp, 2.0 litre turbo-diesel, (the 1.6 litre unit is 
discontinued), driven via the rear wheels through an automatic 9-speed 
transmission. Suffice it to say, I did not want for power on my cross-country driving, 
nor was I over-concerned with fuel consumption, as after a week of city hopping and 
a return trip to Roscommon, I still had over half a tank of diesel, (70 litre capacity), 
registering on the fuel gauge. 
Gone are the days when vans were rattly, noisy, too cold, too hot and poorly 
equipped. This latest Vito elevates it to the best available in the family car. The 
Mercedes-Benz MBUX multimedia system, with intelligent “Hey Mercedes” voice 
assistance is centred around a dash-mounted 10.25-inch touchscreen display. 
Through the addition of a ‘Mercedes me’ app feature, drivers can connect to a suite of 
interactive, remotely operated controls, monitors, safety supports and assistance 
Convenience and safety features include reversing camera, smartphone connectivity, 
increased comfort levels, keyless start, electric parking brake, 
On the outside the Vito gets a new radiator grille, LED lights front and rear, new 
front camera and five new paint colour schemes, my test van a very pleasant dark 

blue. There is also the addition of new light alloy wheels. Internally, the driver sits 
facing a new cockpit design that includes a 5.5-inch colour display, plus a new steering 
wheel with menu selection touch controls. 
Safety is a high priority with the new Vito, standard and optional safety features 
 - Active Brake Assist with emergency and cross-traffic functions 
 - Side Wind Assist, a magical feature that eliminates the effect of cross-winds 
 - Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC 
 - Active Lane-keeping Assist 
 - Blind Spot Assist 
 - Active Steering Assist 
 - Driving Light Assist including rain sensor 
 - Intelligent Speed Assist 
 - Cruise Control 
 - Reversing camera.