Mercedes-Benz is in the final stages of developing the 2018 Mercedes-Benz Vito 111 CDI that would swap the Citan. The Citan model, which is leverages on the Renault Kangaroo platform, is unavailable in Australia for security reasons. The Vito 111 CDI’s depth of engineering shows that this range-opener will not be high priced. Nevertheless, its ride comfort is decent and the steering is great. It comes with six complete airbags as standard.
Although its infotainment system appears old, it still works seamlessly. The inbound Mercedes-Benz Vito 111 CDI has the base diesel engine, plus the cabin build quality is flawless. While the Vito is not as famous in Australia as the Sprinter, it makes a strong case for buyers looking for a compact load-lugger.
2018 Mercedes-Benz Vito 111 CDI – Cabin and Features
The upcoming 2018 Mercedes-Benz Vito 111 CDI is built with the best steering wheel adjustments along with an elevated driving position. It also has some excellent ergonomics with intuitive switchgear, excellent cruise control and unique window switches.
It also highlights a top-notch build quality comprising tough plastics and easy-to-clean vinyl doors that last long. With proper care, the 111 CDI can look new even after ten years of use. The instrument panel also comprises buttons, as Mercedes-Benz thinks that the touchpad is not ideal for tradies.
The infotainment system encompasses a 5.8-inch screen with SD/USB/Bluetooth inputs. Other standard fare includes air conditioning, 16-inch steel wheels, steering wheel buttons, electric windows, and cruise control. Side airbags will come as standard this time, so at least ride safety is not an issue.
This 2018 Mercedes-Benz Vito 111 CDI has some of the best loading specs. Its short wheelbase (SWB) measures 193 inches long and 88 inches wide, including a 78-inch tall shade with rails and mirrors. Between a 102-inch loading length and the arches is 50 inches, which you can add the required cargo barrier—Daimler’s unit or any other cargo barrier from the aftermarket can do.
You can have a long wheelbase body (LWB) for additional $3,000, which grows the wheelbase from 123 inches to 135 inches and increases the loading length to almost 118 inches. The short wheelbase contains a tailgate in addition to two sliding doors as standard.
2018 Mercedes-Benz Vito 111 CDI – Engine and Transmission
The upcoming 2018 Mercedes-Benz Vito 111 CDI borrows its engine from Europe’s number-one van-maker and global partner Renault. The two brands co-produced the Smart/Twingo in their previous collaboration. Renault donated an up-tuned Euro 5, 1.6 liters single-turbo diesel unit that yields up to 84kW of power @3,800 along with 270Nm of torque.
The engine receives a 6-speed manual transmission and FWD as standard. A new version with a 7-speed auto gearbox and bonus of RWD costs $43,000-plus. It uses a 2.1-liter 114 diesel engine with a capacity of 100kW and 330Nm. More expensive/mighty 116 and 119 CDI models are also available.
The 111 CDI’s manual gearbox is excellent and comes with the pivotal shift pattern. Additionally, the engine comprises low-down torque making it easy to control the vehicle without drama. You just have a beautiful drive and forget any figures that come with it.
Among the car’s massive selling points are the gutsy engine, light steering, slick gearbox and class-leading handling and ride. Mercedes has herein shown its superior credentials that make it worthy of purchase.
2018 Mercedes-Benz Vito 111 CDI – Price and Verdict
Above all, the inbound 2018 Mercedes-Benz Vito 111 CDI brings a competitive price tag despite its premium branding. It has a $36,990 entry point and matches or surpasses its mainstream contenders in the marketplace. Its starting price might make it sound underpowered, but this is not true.
In a nutshell, the inbound 2018 Mercedes-Benz Vito 111 CDI model is a great and comfortable van that highlights the bulletproof cabin quality and a comfortable ride. The automaker has borrowed its gutsy powertrain from a French ally, which also counts in the van marketplace.
While most buyers do shy away from a manual gearbox, Mercedes-Benz offers an auto option with RWD as a bonus for additional $10,000. At its price-point, it is no doubt that the 2018 Mercedes-Benz Vito 111 CDI a great buy. It can even take on various Volkswagens and Renaults of this world.