If you are in the market for a nine seater vehicle, look no further!! We have tested the Mercedes Benz Vito 111.
The Walk Around:
The exterior of the vehicle is not very attractive, let’s just be honest but that all goes away as you experience the med-size van. Two large doors on either side of the van makes loading passengers or goods easy. The boot opens from the bumper so you will have to be careful when opening as the boot lid opens about 10cm higher than the vehicle.
Inside the van you will have loads of storage and space as this is a nine seater van, although there are no cup holders for the passengers seated behind the driver. The seating is not very comfortable as I drove the van over a long distance, my back began to strain. The seating adjustments are limited and even for the passengers that wanted to catch a nap it was not that great. You have tons of leg room, and there is no carpet which makes cleaning the van easier. You will have to view the PROS and CONS because if you have a growing family, a passenger transport business or if you require a vehicle for transporting goods but keeping in mind your budget the Vito makes financial sense. The aircon system works well throughout the vehicle although trying to have a conversation with your passengers if you are driving can be a bit frustrating as you can’t hear them well. Your sound system is basic, the interface is user friendly. Connecting to the Bluetooth or navigating though the radio stations is easy.
The 111 is front wheel drive system pushing out 84kW and can average 7.0l per 100km. I found the fuel economy great for the size of this van. Only issue I have with these van is putting in fuel. It’s not the best designed system. You will have to unlock your door and have the passenger door open to allow the fuel cap to open. Living in South Africa this makes you an easy target! But this is most vans in South Africa not just Mercedes.
111 CDI Panel Van – R 372,780.00
114 CDI Panel Van – R 409,830.00
116 CDI Panel Van R 443,460.00
111 CDI Mixto R 443,460.00
116 CDI Mixto R 556,320.00
111 CDI Tourer PRO R 516,272.00
114 CDI Tourer PRO R 540,314.00
116 CDI Tourer PRO R 572,348.00
116 CDI Tourer Select R 676,088.00
119 CDI Tourer Select R 744,386.00
The price for the Vito 111 is R517k and will do exactly what you need, however if you have a further R733k you can see yourself in the V250d Avantgarde which is in a world of its own!! It is similar to the Vito but with Class and Luxury thrown in. please see links for more images: