Mercedes-Benz Vaneo

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Mercedes-Benz Vaneo
Mercedes Vaneo front 20090921.jpg
Overview
Manufacturer DaimlerChrysler
Production 2002–2005
Body and chassis
Class Compact MPV
Body style 5-door compact MPV
Layout FF layout
Related Mercedes-Benz A-Class
Powertrain
Engine 1.6 L L4 Petrol
1.9 L L4 Petrol
1.7 L L4 Diesel
Transmission 5-speed Manual
5-speed ACS
5-speed TouchShift
Chronology
Successor Mercedes-Benz Citan

The Mercedes-Benz Vaneo is a 5-door compact MPV that was manufactured from 2002 to 2005. It used the automobile platform from the first generation Mercedes-Benz A-Class. Up to seven seat capacity was available, but this vehicle was not built as a van. The name Vaneo is derived from the word Van, which is used in German for the car types MPV or Mini Van.

Design[edit]

Mercedes-Benz Vaneo

The A-class Vaneo was front-wheel-drive only and limited to four-cylinder engines. The body consisted of two sliding rear doors and 'Sandwich Floor' construction giving it a van-like driving position and a higher roof line. It was suitable for U.K.'s Motability for the disabled, as well as for use as taxicabs.

Seating for five was standard, with two third-row buckets optional. With all the rear seats removed, there was up to 3,000 litres of cargo space. A 120 kg capacity slide-out boot floor was optional. Roof rails were standard on Trend and Ambiente models, while ISOfix anchorages were included on all vehicles.

The Vaneo was discontinued after three years.[1] It was replaced in 2012 by the Citan, a version of the Renault Kangoo as part of Mercedes-Benz's broader alliance with the French maker.

Safety[edit]

The Vaneo was tested by Euro NCAP in 2002 with the following ratings:[2]

Euro NCAP Rating
Adult occupant: 4/5 stars
Pedestrian: 2/4 stars

Security[edit]

The Vaneo was tested by Thatcham's New Vehicle Security Ratings (NVSR) organisation and achieved the following ratings:[3]

NVSR Rating
Theft of car: 4/5 stars
Theft from car: 2/5 stars

Powertrains[edit]

Engines complied with Euro 3 emission standards. They included: 1.6 L in two states of tune and 1.9 L petrol engines, as well as a 1.7 L diesel. Three 5-speed transmissions were available: a manual, an automated clutch system called ACS, and a regular automatic called "TouchShift."

Years Model & Transmission Engine Power Torque Top Speed 0–100 km/h Economy Emissions
Petrol
2002–2005 1.6 82 Manual/ACS 1.6 L, 4 in-L 82 PS (60 kW; 81 hp) 140 N·m (103 lb·ft) 156 km/h (97 mph) 15.3 secs 36.2 mpg 187 g/km
2002–2005 1.6 102 Manual/ACS 1.6 L, 4 in-L 102 PS (75 kW; 101 hp) 150 N·m (111 lb·ft) 167 km/h (104 mph) 13.1 secs 35.3 mpg 192 g/km
2002–2005 1.6 102 TouchShift 1.6 L, 4 in-L 102 PS (75 kW; 101 hp) 150 N·m (111 lb·ft) 164 km/h (102 mph) 13.8 secs 34.0 mpg 199 g/km
2002–2005 1.9 125 Manual/ACS 1.9 L, 4 in-L 125 PS (92 kW; 123 hp) 180 N·m (133 lb·ft) 182 km/h (113 mph) 10.7 secs 34.4 mpg 197 g/km
2002–2005 1.9 125 TouchShift 1.9 L, 4 in-L 125 PS (92 kW; 123 hp) 180 N·m (133 lb·ft) 177 km/h (110 mph) 11.5 secs 33.2 mpg 204 g/km
Diesel
2002–2005 1.7 CDI 91 Manual/ACS 1.7 L, 4 in-L 91 PS (67 kW; 90 hp) 180 N·m (133 lb·ft) 161 km/h (100 mph) 13.6 secs 47.9 mpg 157 g/km
2002–2005 1.7 CDI 91 TouchShift 1.7 L, 4 in-L 91 PS (67 kW; 90 hp) 180 N·m (133 lb·ft) 158 km/h (98 mph) 15.5 secs 42.8 mpg 174 g/km

Reviews[edit]

  • Parker's Car Guides 2.5/5 stars[4]
    'Pros: Interior space, usefully practical, easy to drive in town
    Cons: Rattly trim, ungainly styling, firm ride'
  • RAC (6.4/10)[5]
    'Don't let the uninspiring looks and twee name put you off. The Vaneo is well built and offers a surprising amount of space in its compact footprint. It won't win any beauty contests and inviting people for 'a spin in the Merc' might be a recipe for disappointment, but to know a Vaneo is to love one. Surprisingly good.'

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Motoring News". Verdict On Cars. Retrieved 2010-10-01. 
  2. ^ "Mercedes Benz Vaneo | Euro NCAP - For safer cars crash test safety rating". Euro NCAP. Retrieved 2010-10-01. 
  3. ^ "New Vehicle Security Ratings". thatcham.org. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Mercedes-Benz Vaneo (02-05) Car Review - Parker's". Parkers.co.uk. Retrieved 2010-10-01. 
  5. ^ "Mercedes-Benz Vaneo (2002 - 2006) Review - Car Reviews". RAC. Retrieved 2010-10-01.