If there was ever an example of how powerful a symbol the traditional Mercedes three pointed star is, the Viano is surely it. Clearly based on the construction of a van, it stands proud within a range of prestigious passenger cars that encompasses everything from small hatchbacks to luxury saloons and supercars.
The Viano was launched in 2003, replacing the V Class. Whilst still very much based on a typical one-box van style construction, it offered greater refinement than its predecessor. The engine choice was limited to two powerplants, a four cylinder turbodiesel and a far more powerful and smooth V6 turbodiesel. The V6 displaced 2987 cc across its six cylinders with four valves per cylinder offering a 224 bhp and 341 lb ft punch.
The all-important Mercedes badge helped it establish itself as not only an upmarket commercial vehicle, but also as a viable alternative for those who needed more space than the current crop of full-sized MPVs. The Viano was far more capacious with its more commercial orientated approach, plus had the ability to seat up to eight occupants in high-riding luxury.
As ubiquitous as a race support vehicle as it is a luxury transporter outside the finest hotels, the Viano is a true multi purpose vehicle.
RHD, Brilliant Silver (ME 9744), Black interior, Lowering/lifting air suspension (CL0), Convenience opening with IR remote (FZ8), Electrical aux heating (HZ0), Thermotronic climate control (HH4), Air con Tempmatic in rear (HZ7), Electric tilting/sliding glass sunroof (D27), Electric tilting/sliding glass sunroof passenger compartment (D24), Linquatronic (EL2), Command APS with DVD changer (EJ7), Parktronic (EZ8), Exterior mirrors heated and electrically adjustable (F69).
Finished in Brilliant Silver (ME 9744) this Viano looks cool and elegant. The large expanses of tinted glass provide a smart contrast to the silver paint and the chrome details on the grille lift this large people carrier above its commercial routes. Smart badging denoting the Ambiente trim level and V6 powerplant show this Viano as a range-topping example.
This Viano has enjoyed a pampered life with just one owner. The high quality Mercedes Benz paint is in good order with few marks or scratches to report.
The interior of the Viano is hugely spacious and adaptable, too. The seats can be arranged into a multitude of layouts allowing the car to be used as a family wagon, office or meeting room – or removed entirely giving a huge load space. For those wishing to be driven, luxury and discretion is assured by the tinted windows and further privacy blinds on the side windows and rear screen. An Alpine screen and DVD array provides entertainment for the rear-most seats.
The dashboard is clean and easy to read and you sit high up enjoying the view from the elevated seating position through the large glass area. The Viano is a large MPV but placing it is also relatively easy thanks to all that glass and the relatively boxy dimensions.
There is little wear to report across the interior plastics and the leather also presents well. The carpets are also in good order, usually a sign of a hard used Viano.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The Mercedes V6 diesel is the engine of choice for the discerning Viano driver. Good power coupled to excellent torque and all easily accessed through the automatic gearbox.
It makes swift progress and capable of keeping up with the flow of traffic, even when heavily laden. The V6 is also refined with just the faintest hum present as you tackle long drives. Well serviced and with just one owner, the engine presents well and looks clean.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The 18 inch multi-spoke wheels add a Mercedes-esque elegance to the Viano. They are pleasingly free from any marks or blemishes that these types of vehicles usually pick up. The tyres are a set of Kumho Ecsta KU19s, sized 245/45/18 on both axles, providing a fine ride across long distances.
First registered on the 30/11/2010, this Viano has only had one owner in total. It was used sparingly to transport him around for meetings and airport visits. It has enjoyed regular servicing at main Mercedes dealerships, annotated below.
24/08/11 – 3,740 miles Mercedes Benz of Redhill
28/09/12 – 9,084 miles Mercedes Benz of Redhill
11/10/13 – 13,897 miles Mercedes Benz of Gatwick
13/10/14 – 17,947 miles Mercedes Benz of Gatwick
08/02/18 – 23,275 miles Mercedes Benz Waterhouse
The history file includes the book pack with the fully stamped service book, instruction manual and spare key. Last serviced in February 2018, it is ready to be used.
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