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Also driven: Mercedes-Benz Vito 113CDI Long Blueefficiency



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While Mercedes dealers will be excited about the forthcoming Citan urban van, Vito’s role as the mid-sized carry-all for businesses will not be overshadowed, given its refresh in late 2010.

The Vito Long I drove combined 5,008cm overall length with a 135bhp turbodiesel and six-speed transmission.

It is Euro5 emissions-approved, and thanks to its use of BlueEfficiency technology CO2 emissions are down to 182g/km, while official fuel economy is 40.9mpg.

The rear-wheel driven Vito impressed with its nimble manoeuvring and comfortable drive. And the space in the back easily accommodated the scrap fridge-freezer and garden waste.

Kit-wise, this £20,570 Vito focuses on functionality rather than frills. While there are plenty of storage areas in the cabin, the driver conveniences are limited to cruise control, ESP, Bluetooth, CD-player with aux socket, lockable glovebox and remote central locking.

In the capacious rear compartment, behind the standard bulkhead, sliding side doors, wood floor and ceiling lights ensure loading and unloading is easy work.

Our test van had another £2,200 of options, the most useful of which must be wood lining (£240).

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