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Mercedes Benz Vito VS Mercedes Benz e-Vito Electric

January 24th, 2023

In the world of luxury cars, Mercedes-Benz is one of the most famous and reliable brands. Its amazing designs have had a huge impact on the automobile industry, including commercial vehicles.

Choosing a new van was already a hard choice due the variety and functionality available from  this German manufacturer, but now Mercedes have also added  sustainable electric options, such as the e-Vito.

The Mercedes-Benz Vito vans are well-established in the market and their latest offering is extremely comfortable and comes with upgraded safety features. The Vito comes in various different sizes, meaning that it can easily be tailored for the job in hand. Read the full Mercedes-Benz Vito van review here.

An alternative to the diesel model is the emission-free, eco-friendly Mercedes Benz e-Vito. With rapid charging and an extended range, it’s the perfect choice for businesses looking to travel a little further and not hang around for too long charging. Read the full Mercedes-Benz e-Vito van review here.

If you’re still unsure which van is right for you, you may find it easier to read a direct comparison of the diesel and electric models to work out which fits your needs best. Read on for more information about the Mercedes Vito and e-Vito commercial vehicles.

Engines and Spec

Mercedes-Benz vehicles are known for their power. Vito vans operate using a 2.0-litre diesel engine with CDI ignition systems, which offers fantastic engine power while also reducing up to 15% of fuel consumption.

All Vito vans operate using rear-wheel drive, with the 110 and 114 models using 6-speed manual transmission as standard. The 116 and 119 vehicles come with the Mercedes-Benz trademark 9-G TRONIC automatic gearbox which means excellent fuel efficiency and smooth acceleration. They also come with a host of safety features such as Active BRake ASSIST.

You can also choose the engine power of your van, since all Vito Panel and Crew Vans are available in four different engine models with the option for either 110, 114, 116, or 119 CDI. These equate to a horsepower of 102, 136, 163 and 190 respectively. The rear door and sliding side doors allow for easy accessibility when loading and unloading, ideal for those who are required to work at a fast pace and have many jobs to do in a day.

The electric counterpart, the e-Vito, operates using an 85 kw electric motor. This larger than average battery means it has the equivalent of about 115 horsepower and can travel for at least 150 miles on average. It can easily get to motorway speed and charges quickly making it one of the few electric vans that is better for longer distance travel. Additionally, it produces no emissions so has environmental benefits as well as being ideal for low emission areas.

The e-Vito has four different braking modes that you can use if you want to achieve the maximum range of the van. It also has three different driving modes changed by a simple button: Economy, Economy Plus and Comfort and they all moderate the motor power and accelerator response.

The e-Vito comes in two sizes, long (L2) and extra-long (L3), which both have a gross vehicle weight of 3.2 tonnes. This provides a payload of 923kg for the L2 model and 898kg for the L3.


In true Mercedes style, the interior of the Vito is luxurious and comfortable. The seats are upholstered in the classic Mercedes’ Caluma fabric, which has a leatherette option, giving the overall interior a classy and attractive look.

The featured 7” Audio 30 display screen is connected to a reversing camera, allowing you to safely park and manoeuvre more easily, something that is often harder in larger vehicles such as vans. There is ample storage with a central storage space as well as door storage to allow drivers to keep belongings or important documents within easy reach.

In the Vito Panel there is a double seat on the passenger side, allowing up to three people to travel at one time. The Vito Crew, however, offers an additional three seater bench, allowing a total of six people to be transported.

With the e-Vito you’ll find a similar style of interior, with a few minor changes to incorporate the electric control panel. The touch screen panel has received an upgrade to a 7-inch screen which you can easily connect to your smartphone.

Unlike other vehicles, the key slot is on the left instead of the usual right, and the drive and reverse lever is positioned where most other vans put their windscreen controls. The cab is small but cosy, with a low roof and comfortable seats.

The Verdict/Snap shot

Both of the Mercedes-Benz Vans have safety and practicality at the forefront of their design, without sacrificing comfort or stylish interior. These vans come in a variety of different options and so are a great choice for trade workers, small business owners and more.

The Mercedes-Benz Vito has a powerful, fuel efficient engine that means it’s an excellent choice for jobs that involve longer distances or need quick delivery times. The rear door and sliding side doors allow for easy accessibility when loading and unloading, ideal for those who are required to work at a fast pace and have many jobs to do in a day. It’s an ideal choice for those looking for an all-round value model.

On the other hand, the Mercedes-Benz e-Vito Panel Van is a great choice if you’re looking for a reliable ride with excellent driving performance. If you’re used to Mercedes vehicles you can easily slip into the van, but it may take a bit to get used to if you’re new to the range. Overall, though, electric vans from Mercedes-Benz can save you money, help the environment and reach peak performance with ease.

Both vehicles are available to purchase from Van Sales UK. The Mercedes-Benz Vito Compact Panel Van and Mercedes-Benz e-Vito Panel Van are available to lease at an affordable rate, starting from £299 + VAT.

If you’re interested, visit Van Sales UK now – with us, you can find the newest spec of Mercedes-Benz Vito vans and much more. We offer various purchasing methods, including finance, part exchange and leasing, so you can get your Vito or e-Vito however you want it. Call now at 0117 205 0785 if you have any questions about the Mercedes-Benz Vito or e-Vito, or if you want to get a free quote today!


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