Mercedes-Benz Vaneo

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Mercedes-Benz Vaneo
Mercedes Vaneo front 20090921.jpg
Overview
ManufacturerDaimlerChrysler
Production2002–2005
AssemblyGermany: Ludwigsfelde
Body and chassis
ClassCompact MPV (M)
Body style5-door MPV
LayoutFF layout
RelatedMercedes-Benz A-Class
Powertrain
Engine1.6 L L4 Petrol
1.9 L L4 Petrol
1.7 L L4 Diesel
Transmission5-speed Manual
5-speed ACS
5-speed TouchShift
Chronology
SuccessorMercedes-Benz Citan

The Mercedes-Benz Vaneo was a five-door, seven-seater compact MPV (M-segment in Europe) that was manufactured from 2002 to 2005. It used the automobile platform from the first generation Mercedes-Benz A-Class. Up to seven seater capacity was available, but this vehicle was not built as a van, instead it was built as a MPV. The name Vaneo is derived from the word Van, which is used in German for the car types MPV.

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.

Due to quality issues and poor sales the Vaneo was discontinued after a three-year production run.[1] It was replaced in 2012 by the Citan, a badge engineered Renault Kangoo as part of Mercedes-Benz's broader alliance with the French automaker.

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 (0-62 mph) 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. Archived from the original on 2012-03-08. 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. Archived from the original on July 17, 2009.
  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. Archived from the original on 2011-07-23. Retrieved 2010-10-01.