2010 Mercedes-Benz Vito – A Car with a Big heart

Its second generation came with a distinctive change when it employed a rear-wheel drive system instead of the opposite in its first generation version. In 2009, it received the very prestigious 5-Star ANCAP safety rating in Australia. Its Euro-4 compliant diesel engine is maintained for the 2010 version which is the 2.1 liter turbo-diesel engine. There would be 3 different variants for the engines where the lower range one 109 CDI, which is mated with a 6 speed manual transmission gearbox gets you up to 70kW at 3800rpm and 250Nm at 1400-2600rpm.

The 111 CDI version would boost out some 85kW at 3800 rpm and 290 Nm at 1600-2600 rpm with a 115 CDI giving you 110kW at 3800rpm/330Nm at 1800-2400 rpm. The latter comes with a 5 speed automatic transmission gearbox while the 111 CDI is equipped with a cruise control system. For a top of the range driving, you can go for the 120 CDI version, which typically is a 3.0 liter V6 version that comes with 150kW of power at 3800rpm and 440Nm at 1600-2400rpm. Being a sportier version, it comes with nice color-coded bumpers, 17 inch alloy wheels, leather-strapped steering wheel and gear-knob as well as a nice looking passenger car looking dashboard instead of the industrial looking commercial car ones.

Of course, if you are planning to buy a Vito, it does not mean that you have to be a commercial business owner and although it do look a bit boxy (and to some a bit too old-fashioned) it is also nice to know that commercial van makers have already started designing their vehicles to look more contemporary and to a large extent, more homey and that is what you get in this new Vito. It comes with airbag as alternative options while on the outside, it surely looks better than any other commercial vans you can imagine. More funky colors make you feel like owning it. This of course proved to not be the critical success factor as Proton did try and failed with its Juara. But ultimately, the Vito is still a Mercedes-Benz and hence it still comes with a large reputation.