The Vito is the commercially-oriented workhorse mid-size van option from Mercedes-Benz, where the more luxurious V-Class is aimed more at the family segment. Positioned as a high-payload but affordable offering, the Vito is a versatile vehicle offered in a number of panelvan and people-carrying derivatives. The permissible gross vehicle weight is between 2.8 and 3.05 tons, and the panelvan’s capable of carrying a hefty 1,344 kg payload. The variant on test here is the nine-seater 111 Tourer Pro with the 5,140mm body (the Vito is also available in extra-long 5,370mm and compact 4,895mm configurations). The 111 Tourer is a mid-sized commercial vehicle that can be used as both a people carrier or cargo lugger, or various combinations of the two. There’s a more premium Vito Tourer Select model also available, but the Vito Tourer Pro, priced at R623,910, is a basic-featured bus aimed at business applications such as shuttle services. It’s not really a family vehicle as there are no famil...

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