Mercedes-Benz Viano

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Mercedes-Benz Viano
Automotive industryMercedes-Benz
Parent companyDaimler AG
Production1996–present
PredecessorMercedes-Benz V-Class
Car classificationMinivan
Car body style5-door Minivan
Automobile layoutFR Layout
Internal combustion engine3.5L V6 Petrol
2.2 - 3.0L Diesel
Transmission (mechanics)6-speed Manual Transmission
5-Speed Automatic Transmission
RelatedMercedes-Benz Vito

The Mercedes-Benz Viano (formally known as the V-Class) is a Minivan based on the popular Mercedes-Benz Vito commercial panel van. The first generation went on sale in 1996; it is presently in its second generation, having undergone a number of changes - including a new name - in 2004.

The Viano is a rear-wheel drive minivan available in three lengths, two wheelbases and a choice of four modern petrol and diesel engines coupled to either a six-speed manual or five-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission. In some countries a camping derivative is available - known as the Marco Polo - which comes with a galley, wardrobe and individual seats in the rear which transform into a bed at the push of a button.

Six individual seats come as standard, however up to two rear three-seater benches can be purchased, turning the Viano into an eight seat people carrier.

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Powertrains


All engines conform to European emission standards emission standards.[1]

Petrol Engines
  • 3.5 V6 - 259 PS (255 bhp | 190 kW) and 340 Nm (251 lb ft)
Diesel Engines
  • 2.0 CDI - 109 PS (107 bhp | 80 kW) and 270 Nm (199 lb ft)
  • 2.2 CDI - 150 PS (148 bhp | 110 kW) and 330 Nm (244 lb ft)
  • 3.0 CDI V6 - 204 PS (201 bhp | 150 kW) and 440 Nm (325 lb ft)

Rivals


There are a number of rival MPVs in the Viano's price and size bracket; these include:

  • Chrysler Town and Country
  • Volkswagen Transporter (T5)
  • Peugeot 807
  • Ford Tourneo
  • Toyota Previa

Special Editions


Viano X-Clusive

This special edition Viano is available with the V6 engines.[2] It has been adorned with sportier exterior details including metallic paint, 18" alloy wheels, a chromed exhaust tailpipe and unique front and rear bumpers. Inside are specially designed 'Twin' leather seats and burr walnut wood accents.[3]

The Viano X-Clusive is only available in selected markets.

Reviews

What Car? gave the Viano an average review, criticising the van roots showing through in some areas and its high price. However, the wide range and sliding rear side doors were highlighted as positive attributes.[4]

AutoExpress said '[the Viano] is a much more complete package, and scores well in terms of interior space, versatility and refinement.'[5] The Viano was given 2½ stars out of 5 by both Autocar[6] and Parker's.[7]

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