The Vito comes in front- or rear-wheel drive alternatives and a variety of body styles including three lengths, one roof height, and panel van, crew van and passenger Tourer alternatives. There’s only one trim level, though.
The interior is solidly built, but the vehicle lacks the clever functionality rivals offer. For example, there’s no load-through hatch from the bulkhead to accommodate lengthy cargo.
Kit levels are reasonable, with all Vitos having cruise control with speed limiter, trip computer, Bluetooth, and inputs for USB, aux and an SD memory card. The three seats have a welcoming feel, too, while the driving position is good, although the middle seat lacks legroom.
Where Mercedes does excel, is safety. The Vito gets crosswind assist, which joins, for example, attention assist, driver and passenger airbags, hill-start assist, adaptive ESP anti-skid control, and a tyre pressure monitoring system.
On the road the Vito is impressive. Refinement is fine, there’s a solid feel to the gearshift, and it’s a tidy-handling machine. Front- or rear-wheel drive are both composed and without criticism too.
Sample model: 116 2.1 CDi Compact
Engine size 2.1-litre
Load volume 5.8m3
Price (ex VAT)£23,315