The Mercedes Benz Viano | Part Three

The diesel engine is linked up as standard with a six-speed manual transmission, whilst the petrol variants come with a five-speed automatic as standard. The automatic transmission is available as an option with the diesel engine.

The standard-fitted active service system ASSYST and the lower number of parts requiring service result in noticeably reduced maintenance costs, especially for the CDI variant. On average, the Viano only has to go in for service every 18,600 miles (or once a year).

Customers will also welcome the advantages of the Viano in terms of insurance costs. An easy-repair construction, cost-effective repair methods and the lack of high-cost components in key collision areas pave the way for a favourable insurance rating and reasonably priced minor-damage repairs.

Enhanced comfort and pleasure, combined with safety - A great driving experience comes as standard

Engines which demonstrate exceptional agility across the whole performance range combine with carefully spaced transmission and final-drive ratios to form the basis for responsive driving characteristics. The switch to rear-wheel drive has helped optimise driving pleasure, improving the traction and directional stability compared with the predecessor model in all road conditions and with any type of load. Added to which, passenger-car driver assistance and safety systems such as ESP, ABS, ASR, BAS and electronic brake force distribution (EBV) are fitted as standard and also play a significant role. An exceptionally comfortable rear-axle self-levelling air suspension system can be ordered as an option in conjunction with comfort-optimised steel suspension for the front axle. This chassis package comes as standard with the AMBIENTE line.

Indeed, the Viano can boast a high level of standard equipment in every respect, with tinted glass all round, power windows at the front, power vent windows at the rear, steering column with adjustment for reach and height, driver and front-passenger airbags, central locking with radio remote control and attachment points for roof-mounted carrier systems all on the list. Thorax sidebags and windowbags are optional extras.

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Published 27 June 2003 Melanie Carter

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