The Sprinter has already proved to be such a huge success for Mercedes-Benz that its little brother the Vito tends to get overlooked.
But there’s definitely no overlooking the variant on test here – the Sport Dualiner – which is a proper bobby-dazzler, clad In beautiful metallic paint, side bars, alloy wheels and smoked glass side windows.
This particular van is, to be perfectly honest, aimed mostly at the retail market – small business owners whom are doing well and want to really treat themselves – but it does have a couple of fleet uses.
For example, it seats five people in comfort plus 3.0 cubic metres of cargo space in the back, so if your fleet get involved in, perhaps, picking up high profile clients from the airport, you couldn’t do it in more style than this.
The rear seats can also be removed; however it takes surreal strength to do it, so this vehicle could possibly double up as a dedicated van and a people carrier for varying fleet purposes.
Many of the manufacturers are now offering sporty vans as the new trend catches on, however while Ford offers its Transit Sportvan with a standard 140bhp engine and lots of extra shiny bits, the
Mercedes has beefed up its 2,143cc offering to a meat 163bhp.
If you are really that desperate to fly (and probably end up with a load of drivers with no licenses) the Sport X model is cranked up to a whopping 224bhp. Although, if you plan on doing this, always make sure you have a valid van insurance policy.
Depending on what kind of driver you are, there are different recommended options for which insurance cover you may choose, but it’s always best to go for Comprehensive van insurance, or ‘fully-comprehensive’ insurance, as it is the highest level of cover and insures against the cost of repairing or replacing your van if it’s involved in an accident, regardless of blame. However, if this is not affordable, the possible cheaper option would be Third party car insurance although it is typically the lowest type of cover required by law. It insures you if you’re involved in an accident and injure someone and also covers the cost of repairing or replacing the other person’s car – it doesn’t cover damage to your own car.
The Vito Sport Dualiner comes in at a whopping £26,395 inc-VAT and offers as standard six-spoke alloys, metallic paint, comfort seats, twin side sliding doors, leather steering wheels, chrome sidetability control, plus ABS brakes acceleration skid control, electronic brake force distribution and brake assist.