For The Viano comes with a choice of three body lengths and a variety of seating arrangements. There’s plenty of space inside and the sliding rear side doors ease access.
Against It's very expensive and the Viano’s van roots show through in too many areas. The engines are noisy and it's not easy to use the car’s full versatility because you have to remove the heavy seats.
What Car? says
The Mercedes Viano is an expensive people-carrier that’s not comfortable or refined enough. It also lacks the versatility of other more conventional MPVs.
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There are 6 Mercedes-Benz Viano versions available
Target Price team says:
With three different body lengths, as many engines and a variety of seating configurations to choose from, picking a Mercedes Viano can be tricky. Before you buy one, though, look at one of the Viano’s more conventional MPV rivals, many of which do better on value for money, practicality, comfort and refinement.
If you do want one, though, go for the 2.2 CDI Ambiente model. The SWB model will be plenty big enough for most needs, too.
It’s worth noting that the Viano is unique in the Mercedes car range in that it (in common with the commercial van it's based on) doesn’t qualify for the Mercedes Mobilo package. In other Mercs, this provides you with assistance on the road for up to 30 years in more than 30 European countries. The Viano does, however, have the standard Mercedes three-year, unlimited-mileage warranty.
Reader test team says:
Previously I had a Freelander 2, wonderful to drive, but too little space for my needs. The Vaneo is spacious, very comfortable on good roads, a…
I owned/ drove one for 12 months after which it was returneed to Mercedes with a vertual full refund. Design faults, very very poor build quality,…
we bought this car for the practicality of the cabin and the ride. Unfortunately the reliability has not matched up to our expectations-the air con…
A good MPV with plenty of space for the family.