The Mercedes Viano is available in a range of different seating options, with a price tag starting at around £35,000 for a new model. If you have less people to carry and want the maximum of legroom then there is a six-seat version available, whilst the Viano as a 7 seater is the standard option. You may be wondering why the Viano is featuring on this website, well it is also available with a popular carrying capacity of 8 passengers – perfect for use as a large family car or for group outings. There is no denying that the Viano is large, it’s van-like exterior accurately conveying the feel of size that is also present inside. It is a large people carrier created by luxury car maker Mercedes, however not everything in this MPV is as ‘luxury’ as you would expect from the manufacturer…
Spacious seating but quite simply really…
The seating is comfortable, and is available in a luxury trim, however it has more of a feel of an airport taxi than it does a practical family car. The seats can be moved around somewhat to suit your requirements, however other smaller MPVs allow you to do much cleverer things in terms of seat sliding and folding. It has a few more gadgets and gizmos than the Hyundai i800, such as Bluetooth and cruise control, however that is pretty much the limit of any technological wizardry.
For the driver, this 8 seater Mercedes is very comfortable and allows as much adjustment to seating position as you need, together with a nice-looking and practical set of dashboard controls.
There are some very cool variants of the Viano interior, such as mobile offices or tables and swivelling seats with extending footrests. These upgrades and extra bits of kit whilst pretty impressive, do reduce the practicality if you definitely need the full complement of eight seats.
How is the Mercedes Viano to drive?
As a regularly driven family car the Viano perhaps isn’t as refined or luxurious as it should be, both for the badge on the front, and also in terms of the price tag. There are three engine variants of this MPV, including the 2.0 litre and 2.2 litre diesels, and the significantly more powerful 3.0 litre version. Unless you opt for the thirsty V6, the other two engines offer only adequate performance, whilst only offering an average to good MPG as well. The smallest engine version does offer 38 MPG however, which isn’t bad for a car / van of this size.
If you’re accustomed to the luxurious drive of most Mercedes cars, then you might be a bit surprised with the Viano’s lack of refinement when it comes to the drive. It wallows a bit around the corners at higher speeds, and the suspension doesn’t do a great job of smoothing out the bumps. Having said that, the Viano is quite easy to manoeuvre.
Overall the Viano is a large family people carrier that does look quite like a van or small minibus. It does have an exterior style and quality that conveys its Mercedes heritage, and sets it apart from other 8 seaters on the market. When you move inside the interior is practical, but nothing amazing, and the ride is missing the refinement and quality you would expect for a vehicle priced around £35,000. For the driver, the car is comfortable to drive, and at the end of the day, it will easily transport eight people with vast quantities of luggage with ease, in style, and for a reasonable MPG.