For 2021, the 10-model Mercedes-Benz Vito range has come in for a facelift, with a security support supplemented by a variety of tech and minor corrective overhauls. The Mercedes-Benz Vito 116 CDI Team Taxi joins adaptable seating for five (or six) with a not insignificant rundown of solace and accommodation highlights and phenomenal burden dragging capacity, yet everything includes some significant pitfalls. While vans are unadulterated workhorses, and human movers are pointed decisively at moving a group, team vans – like the 2021 Mercedes-Benz Vito 116 CDI Group Taxi checked on here – track a cautious line between the two.
In one sense, team vans are an innate trade off; in another, they’re a definitive in adaptable vehicle. What’s more, where the Mercedes-Benz Vito 116 CDI Group Taxi is worried, to ‘adaptable’ add ‘slick’, and an extensive rundown of highlights that wouldn’t be strange in an average current traveler vehicle.
The Mercedes-Benz Vito range was last upgraded in 2015 and for 2021 it’s come in for a facelift.
There are a couple of minor restorative changes and new paint choices, however the significant feature is that independent crisis slowing down (AEB) with walker identification (also known as dynamic brake help) is presently standard across the reach, carrying with it vulnerable side observing and path keeping help.
Another Sound 30 media framework with 7.0-inch contact screen is standard, presently matched with an improved turning around camera, and there are new highlights like the discretionary computerized inside back see camera (which shows a wide-point yield on the standard back see reflect) and a Canny Light Framework (ILS).
The last bundles full Drove lighting with daytime running lights, cornering lights and High Pillar Help Additionally, which modifies the front lamp’s reach and dispersion as indicated by the conditions.
Our test vehicle, a long-wheelbase Mercedes-Benz Vito 116 CDI Group Taxi, includes the mid-spec motor rating however came to us with alternatives totalling $7265. The rundown incorporates versatile journey control ($1500), solace seats ($600), Obsidian Dark metallic paint ($1515), a fixed bulkhead ($1600) and shading coded guards ($600), among others.
That pushes its cost from $60,500 in addition to on-street costs (counting GST) to $67,765 in addition to ORCs, while the remainder of the four-in number Vito Team Taxi range ranges $58,300 in addition to ORCs (Vito 116 Group Taxi MWB) to $68,750 in addition to ORCs (Vito 119 Group Taxi LWB).
The most recent update has brought a cost ascend for some, Vito models, which Mercedes-Benz says mirrors the expanded number of standard highlights.
The vehicle inspected here is a five-seater, yet a six-seat (3+3) design is likewise accessible.
The 2021 Mercedes-Benz Vito range has a five-star ANCAP rating yet it was last tried path back in 2014.
Every one of the staples are there, for example, electronic dependability control, automated stopping devices and six airbags, while the appearance of AEB with vulnerable side checking and path keeping help across the reach is a commendable consideration.
To the rundown add things like consideration help, which screens the driver for indications of weariness, and crosswind help, in addition to a slope holder, auto lights and wipers, front and back stopping sensors, and Dynamic Stopping Help.
Versatile voyage control and the Canny Light Framework is standard on the top-spec Vito 119, however discretionary on different evaluations.
Everything amounts to an exhaustive security bundle, however family purchasers should take note of that the six airbags just concern first-column inhabitants – there are no side airbags for the subsequent line.
ISOFIX container and youngster restriction mounting focuses are, in any case, given to two of the three back seats, and the back seating can be taken out effectively for extra room, whenever wanted.
Those twin side sliding entryways are strong things that gauge all in all too – they’re fine for grown-ups yet more modest children will battle, particularly on the off chance that they’re attempting to slide them against an inclination.
It’s all something worth mulling over for entrepreneurs contemplating trucking the children around nightfall.
Concerning tech, the Sound 30 interactive media framework is an appealing, simple to-utilize unit with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto availability.
The discretionary Sound 40 adds coordinated sat-nav, yet we figure most proprietors will be glad utilizing their telephone’s sat-nav all things being equal. There are two USB outlets close by in the left-hand cubby on the middle stack.
The turning around camera gives a truly fresh, clear picture on the 7.0-inch contact screen and a wide-point see is likewise accessible. A shrewd stopping sensor framework, with run mounted units that show the leftover distance to any close by objects, is a cunning expansion.
As a mid-spec model, the 2021 Mercedes-Benz Vito 116 CDI Team Taxi is fueled by a 2.1-liter super diesel with greatest yield of 120kW and 380Nm.
An Euro 6 motor that expects AdBlue to satisfy its severe outflows guidelines, this van offers altogether satisfactory execution.
It’s no rocketship off the line, particularly when intensely stacked, however there’s still punchy execution and great reaction accessible across a wide fire up range, from say 1500rpm to north of 4000rpm.
It’s loose on the open street as well, where the motor is turning at 1700rpm in seventh stuff at 100km/h. Redline is demonstrated at 5000rpm.
The Mercedes-Benz Vito 116 CDI Team Taxi is just accessible in a back drive design with the sole decision of a seven-speed programmed transmission.
Our test vehicle has ‘Solace’ (standard) and ‘Eco’ drive modes, while manual moving is accessible through the oar shifters.
The transmission does a completely equipped work, offering practical moving that is both smooth and sensibly quick, in any event by LCV norms.
Throughout around 600km of city and expressway driving, and a blend of burdens, we accomplished an entirely sensible normal mileage of 7.4L/100km. That compares with a protected scope of around 900km.
Need more (or less) execution? The section level (and front-drive manual) Vito 111 CDI produces an asserted 84kW/270Nm from its 1.6-liter four-chamber super diesel, while the Vito 119 CDI – what imparts its 2.1-liter motor stage to the Vito 116 CDI – produces a powerful 140kW/440Nm.
For a long-wheelbase van the turning circle is generally close, at 11.8m, while the controlling box is short at 2.75 goes lock to bolt. In fact, haggling tight limits is straightforward on account of the great goal turning around camera show and the far reaching stopping sensor set-up.
As far as burden dragging, the heap straight in our 2021 Mercedes-Benz Vito 116 CDI Team Taxi would need to be one of the neatest and exceptional we’ve seen.
The discretionary fixed bulkhead adds an extra layer of security and the engineered flooring is tough and very grippy. The discretionary Drove light strip over the back gap is an extraordinary expansion.
In this long-wheelbase design, there’s 4.1 cubic meters of load volume toward the back, in addition to a most extreme payload breaking point of 837kg.
We stacked 650kg into the back and with a 95kg driver in the driver’s seat, the Vito took care of the heap – around 90% of its payload limit – stunningly well.
The back gap is enormous – generally 1250mm high by 1540mm wide – and there are various tough strap anchor focuses. Our test vehicle likewise highlighted a discretionary rail load getting framework, adding an additional layer of adaptability.
While the back end offers some climate assurance, it can prompt freedom and forklift access issues – luckily, our forklift had broadened prongs. Stable entryways are additionally accessible.
The Mercedes-Benz Vito 116 CDI Team Taxi has a greatest braked towing breaking point of 2500kg.
As a light business vehicle, the 2021 Mercedes-Benz Vito 116 CDI Team Taxi successfully obscures the line between utilitarian workhorse and traveler vehicle solace.
While the front entryways could open somewhat more extensive to ease access, bouncing in the driver’s seat uncovers an alluring, a la mode and exceptionally useful taxi that is tasteful yet should confront the afflictions of working life well.
The alluring, calfskin wrap guiding wheel adds to the quality feel. It’s flexible for both slant and reach, and the discretionary ‘Solace’ seats in our test vehicle, with collapsing arm rests and electronic lumbar help, make tracking down a comfortable position fast and basic.
The taxi isn’t totally without its peculiarities, in any case. The situation of the start, to one side of the directing section, takes a little becoming accustomed to (no press button start, by the same token). There’s an old fashioned manual foot stopping brake and there’s no dead pedal for the driver (it’s on the traveler side, a remainder of the change to right-hand drive).
Additionally, the on/off and volume dial for the mixed media framework is on the furthest side of the unit. Not that any of these shortcomings are major issues, by any stretch…
Vision from in the driver’s seat is incredible and the instrumentation is alluring and natural to utilize. The equivalent can be said to describe the Sound 30 mixed media framework, which is mated with quality speakers.
Taxi stockpiling is likewise acceptable – there are bottle holders in the sizeable front entryway side pockets, three scramble top plate, a nice measured (and lockable) glove box and an extremely helpful plate (with 12-volt attachment) at the foundation of the middle stack. The last is extraordinary for tossing your wallet, telephone and keys in when you first move on board.
Vibration and cruelty is damped down to an outright least, while in-taxi clamor levels are generally low given the Vito’s business underpinnings. There is some outside sound, particularly over coarse-chip surfaces, and a touch of motor clamor on hars,
How much does the 2021 Mercedes-Benz Vito 116 CDI Crew Cab LWB cost?
Price: $60,500 (plus on-road costs); $67,765 (plus ORCs, as tested)
Engine: 2.1-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel
Transmission: Seven-speed automatic
Fuel: 6.8L/100km (ADR Combined)
CO2: 180g/km (ADR Combined)
Safety rating: Five-star (ANCAP 2014)