Car review – Mercedes-Benz eVito Tourer

Sharp eco-shuttle

With the updated Vito Tourer, Mercedes-Benz puts things straight in the shuttle bus segment. At the same time, they are launching the eVito version, which gets the big battery pack of the EQV.

 

Don’t call me van

The Vito Tourer is positioned below the luxurious V-Class, making it somewhat more utilitarian even though the era of vans as rudimentary, uncomfortable, noise vehicles with the streamline of a shipping container are far behind us.

With the renewed Vito Tourer, Mercedes-Benz is taking a step further in terms of character. The new Vito can be distinguished by the redesigned radiator grille and the optional body-coloured bumpers. The designers have also upgraded the interior.

Unlike the luxurious V-Class, the dashboard is not of the digital (and very impressive) MBUX type. Instead, the Vito Tourer keeps a fairly traditional dash, although it now has an optional 7-inch touchscreen with smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay. In conjunction with Mercedes PRO connect, navigation with "Live Traffic Information" is available in the Vito for the first time.

 

Like a passenger car

Our review Vito was equipped with the optional electrically-operated seats which can be adjusted to the millimetre to ensure a perfect driving position in combination with the steering wheel that does not have an overly diagonal position. You will be amazed at how small the difference with a passenger car has become.

Because of its generous finish and durable build, the eVito Tourer is no lightweight and the batteries add a few hundred kilos to the kerb weight. The 150kW (204hp) electric motor has no trouble providing pleasant acceleration, though. New in the Vito is the optional Airmatic suspension, which takes driving comfort to unprecedented levels. Not that the standard suspension gives you anything to complain about, but frequent drivers confronted with roads that are getting worse every day will surely not object to paying a bit more for it.

 

355km

Thanks to the 100kWh battery (90kWh of which is usable), you should be able to drive around 355km according to the WLTP cycle. Obviously, heavy loads and high speeds are detrimental to the driving range. As far as loads are concerned, we were unable to test the impact of a few extra kilos – it was only us on board.

We did drive on the motorway for a third of our test route and we never spared the accelerator for the remaining kilometres. At 120km/h we saw the consumption gauge stabilise at around 35kWh/100km. Over the total route we achieved 27kWh/100 km, barely higher than the official figure given by Mercedes-Benz.

Driving the eVito Tourer is no punishment, quite the contrary. Its comfort, versatility, safety and durability help it rise above its van status. Of course, it has the price to go with that.

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      + Driving range of 300km achievable

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      + Drives like a passenger car.

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      + Numerous configurations and options

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      - Hefty entry-level price - High weight