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Mercedes-Benz Viano

The Viano is a large Mercedes-Benz people carrier that is designed to carry eight people. The Viano shares much of its design with the Vito-Van. The car also boasts a four-wheel drive system that is sure to come in handy.

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The Viano has come under fire in terms of comfort. The large vehicle doe not offer high levels of comfort like other rival brands and that will count against it with families and executive buyers.

The Viano offers high levels of equipment and the diesel engine options are the best choice for power. The 150bhp 2.2 CDI is the best choice for power and economy.

The car’s seats can be rearranged or taken out completely for added versatility. When the seats are completely removed the Viano provides enough cargo space to transport even the largest items easily.

The Mercedes-Benz Viano provides excellent value for the money. Considering the size and room that is on offer combined with the versatile seating and load lugging capabilities. The Viano may pose some parking issues and poor fuel economy but much of that is to be expected by such a large vehicle.

Practicality

The Viano will be expensive to purchase initially, but service costs and insurance tend to be reasonable. It is thirsty and provides poor fuel economy, but the Viano should enjoy good resale values.

The Viano provides excellent passenger and cargo space. The van can seat eight passengers or seats can be rearranged or taken out completely to create more cargo space.

The car’s instrumentation is practical and easy to use. Controls and displays are large and logically located where you would expect to find them.

The car doesn’t score so well in terms of comfort. The seats are rather hard and don’t provide adequate support. Longer journey can become quite uncomfortable. Passenger and cabin space are excellent though.

The Viano provides excellent accessibility. The car’s sliding doors provide a large aperture and allow for easy loading of passengers or cargo. Even the car’s smaller doors provide good access to the car’s cabin area.

Parking can be difficult. Due to the vehicles large size it is sometimes hard to navigate through crowded parking lots or to find a space large enough to accommodate the huge Viano. Good visibility helps out a lot when it comes time to park.

Life Style

The Viano was not designed for performance or for the driver’s pleasure. The Viano was designed to be practical and versatile. The Viano handles these tasks well but could have had better seats.

This is a perfect family vehicle. It offers plenty of passenger space; it can seat up to eight people, and can carry even large cargo with minimal fuss. The Viano could easily handle family duties.

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The Viano is not a good first car. It is way to large for what most first time buyers need and a novice driver may have difficulty navigating and parking the large vehicle. Fuel expenses are also high and would probably be problematic for new drivers.

The Viano isn’t as comfortable or luxurious as some of the bigger name rivals. It will have a difficult time competing in this sector. Mercedes-Benz is a brand with a lot of clout though and maybe the designer badge will be enough to sell the Viano.

Security and Safety

The vehicle is not likely to be high on the priority list of thieves. It comes equipped with remote central locking, and deadbolts for security.

The car’s standard safety features include front airbags, ABS with brake assist and skid reduction and window airbags are optional.

The Finishing Touches

The car offers the company’s COMMAND system. The system controls functions such as Sat-Nav, radio and CD player, telephone and other such issues. The system boasts good sound quality and a large easy to read display screen.

The car looks good in a variety of colours, but some colours seem to enhance the car’s large size and should be avoided. There are many cost-options available and the car’s price will quickly increase as options are added.

Summary

The Viano is a very large and versatile car. The seating for eight makes it a good choice for families or corporate buyers. The Viano can easily accommodate most cargo. Aside from the car’s comfort and handling issues it makes a lot of sense. Buyers will definitely want to check out the competition too.

Pay Monthly For Your Mercedes

Would you like to have a new Mercedes vehicle on your drive? There certainly aren’t many of us who wouldn’t answer that question with an emphatic yes, and following a conversation I had with a few colleagues last week I am going to talk about how much it might cost you to drive one. One of my colleagues owns a Mercedes-Benz C Class and I was asking him how he managed to afford it, considering that we’re on the same wage and I’d never have thought in a million years that I’d be able to drive a Mercedes. His is actually a used model, but he was telling me about the value of taking out a lease and that it usually represents the best option nowadays.

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Mercedes C Class Coupe leasing deals can be found online for under £300 per month, which is really quite affordable in my opinion when you consider that some of the range topping superminis can cost in excess of £15,000 to buy new. The C Class is probably the most recognisable Mercedes in the range, it’s certainly the first car which comes to my mind when somebody mentions the brand. The coupe is stylish and handles superbly both in the city and for longer journeys.

Mercedes-Benz C Class Estate leasing offers are similarly priced too so when it comes down to making a decision between these cars all you need to think about is what you are looking for from the vehicle. Naturally the coupe is more stylish and sporty, but the estate brings practicality and space to the table. There’s room for a family of four or five to sit comfortably and the boot provides a decent amount of space for luggage. All C Class models in the range come well equipped which complements their fine interiors.

If you’re after something to cruise around in for the summer with the top down then a contract hire Mercedes E Class Cabriolet might be the vehicle for you. Most deals cost between £350 and £400 a month so it’s a little more expensive if you want the luxury of a convertible roof. The diesel engines in particular are far more frugal than you’d expect and emissions are relatively low too. The level of standard equipment is favourable and the interior quality is even more impressive than that of the C Class.

Although I believe all of the aforementioned models represent good value and could quite easily be afforded by someone even on a full time minimum wage, it is worth remembering that Mercedes is still a premium brand and many models are still incredibly expensive – even to lease. A contract hire Mercedes G Class for example will usually cost you at least £1,000 a month and on top of that a small fortune in fuel. This is of course a vehicle which can travel over almost any surface with ease and has an interior similar to one you’d expect to see James Bond in.

Bringing things back to reality, if you are in the market for a 4×4 then a contract hire Mercedes M Class comes in a lot cheaper than the G Class. You can still pay up to and over £1,000 a month but there are deals available for around half of this price. Make no mistake, this is still a pricey vehicle and it guzzles the black stuff pretty fast too, but it’s a vehicle which you’d be able to afford with a stable income providing you cut back on a few other luxuries. It is definitely worth going for a diesel engine with this car.

Finally, a car which I believe quite possibly represents the best value of the lot. A slightly sexier and sleeker alternative to the E Class Cabriolet is the contract hire Mercedes SLK Class. The cheapest derivatives start at just under £300 per month, and fuel costs are reasonable too. Moreover in terms of standard equipment you get practically everything.

If you want to drive a Mercedes, look for lease deals and cut back on your monthly expenditure – simple!

Mercedes-Benz R Class

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The Mercedes-Benz R-Class seats six very comfortably. Mercedes’ equipped the premium MPV with 4×4 capabilities as standard. The car was designed for motorway cruising and has a definite up-market feel.

The driver is well catered for with a highly adjustable seat and steering-wheel. The front row of seats provides an excellent seating position and very comfortable seats, the middle row of seats are comfortable but not as supportive as the front. Headroom is limited in the rearmost seats and the seats themselves are more suited to children.

The R-Class is highly equipped and provides superb comfort. The R320 CDI with 224bhp is refined and provides excellent motorway cruising. The 272bhp R350 V6 is fairly quick, while the refined 306bhp R500 is even faster, it can go from 0- 60mph in 6.9 seconds. It boasts a top speed of 149mph.

The R-Class can be difficult to drive around town, and the car’s size makes it hard to maneuver through crowded streets and parking can be equally challenging.

The rear four seats fold down into the floor to increase cargo space. The car’s seating and cargo versatility add practicality to the R-Class especially for families and the activities that accommodate a family life-style.

Practicality

The R-Class is a very up-market MPV, buyers will immediately feel the quality that is on offer and know exactly what they are paying for. The car’s petrol engines tend to be thirsty and return poor fuel economy; the diesel engines are much more economical. The car should enjoy high resale value as well.

This car is not short on space at all. Front and middle row passengers enjoy excellent head and legroom, and the rearmost passengers enjoy plenty of legroom but limited headroom due to the car’s sloping roof.

The car’s fascia is beautifully designed. The panel looks clean and well organized. The materials used are of superb quality and feel. The controls are all functional and easy to use.

The R-Class provides maximum levels of comfort. The seats are comfortable and supportive, and cabin space is more than adequate. The car’s cabin successfully minimizes road and engine noise.

The car provides easy accessibility. The car’s doors open widely and provide a decent sized aperture. Most passengers should be able to gain access to the car’s seats without any problem. The boot is easily accessible as well, providing a large aperture for loading.

The car is not the easiest to park, especially fully loaded. Passengers can limit rear visibility and make parking difficult. The car’s large side mirrors help out a lot and make parking the R-Class much easier.

Life Style

The R-Class is a unique car that provides all of the features of an MPV with 4×4 capabilities and maximum levels of comfort. The car is quick and offers comfortable motorway cruising.

The R-Class would make an excellent up-market family car. It offers plenty of space and versatility. The car is well-equipped and very comfortable with more than adequate storage space. The high-class interior may suffer at the hands of small children.

This is not a first car. It is too expensive and too large. Maneuvering the car through crowded streets can be difficult. Parking the R-Class can also be difficult and novice drivers should find a more affordable and easier car to drive. Mercedes-Benz has an excellent image of producing quality up-market cars that rival even the best competition. The Mercedes brand carries a lot of clout and the company sells cars not only on the vehicles merit, but also with the backing of the Mercedes badge. The R-Class is definitely worthy of the badge.

Security and Safety

The car’s basic security features include programmable locks, a security alarm, an engine immoboliser and an anti-lift feature. The car comes with a comprehensive security package and should be well protected.

Every R-Class gets six airbags including dual front, side and curtain, all-round three-point seatbelts and ISOFIX child seat mounting points. Front seats also receive the NECK-PRO system, which is designed to help prevent whiplash injuries. Mercedes-Benz also presents PRE-SAFE, which links up the brake assist and electronic stability programme and tensions the seatbelts, adjusts the driver’s seat position and closes the sunroof in preparation for an imminent collision.

The Finishing Touches

The car’s standard audio system comes equipped with a radio and CD player. The basic unit boasts excellent sound quality.

The car also comes standard with the choice of metallic paint, leather interior, 19 inch alloy wheels, sports seats and aluminium trim to name a few. The R-Class is well equipped as standard and offers a good deal of kit.

Summary

The R-Class is a premium, up-market MPV. The car’s sporty good looks are very appealing and the car’s supreme quality is readily evident. The car also offers decent levels of power and performance on top of versatile seating positions and cargo carrying capabilities. The R-Class will be hard to beat.

Do You Need A Spare?

Have you been told by a local garage that one of the parts or components of your Mercedes vehicle needs replacing?

Well before you go ahead and make a purchase you might want to take a few steps to ensure that you don’t end up wasting your money.

The first thing to do would be to get a second opinion, and potentially a third, from other garages in your area.

You might be surprised to hear that some give different advice to others, and it is not unheard of for garages to imply that a car needs a new part in the knowledge that it does not, just to make a profit from carrying out the work themselves.

Once you’re sure that you need to purchase a spare, it’s a good idea to go online to try and find the best deal.

First make a request for the spare you need at a site such as AutoOnline.co.uk or BuyYourCarParts.co.uk. Once you have submitted it your information will be sent off around the country to hundreds of parts brokers. They will then respond via email with quotes which makes it simple for you to pick out the best price.

The Bugatti Back On Top

For all the fast car fanatics out there, you’ll know that recently the Hennessey Venom GT, which is much faster than even a Jaguar S-Type, was named as the fastest production car in the world after a ruling from the Guinness World Records. Well, following a reverse decision from the people at GWR, the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport has been reinstated as the world’s fastest. You just can’t predict this stuff, it’s more unrealistic than an Eastenders plot.

If you were too busy driving your Audi Q3 or your Hyundai Getz to read about recent events, the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport was stripped of its Guinness World Record due to some suspect speed-limiter removing on Bugatti’s part.

It seems incredibly strange for that the people at the Guinness World Records could make a ruling and then a complete U-turn on it the following week, but nevertheless that’s what happened and they released the following press statement.

 

“Following a thorough review conducted with a number of external experts, Guinness World Records is pleased to announce the confirmation of Bugatti’s record of Fastest production car achieved by the Veyron 16.4 Super Sport.

“The focus of the review was with respect to what may constitute a modification to a car’s standard specification.

“Having evaluated all the necessary information, Guinness World Records is now satisfied that a change to the speed limiter does not alter the fundamental design of the car or its engine.”

 

14085_1_lAnd there you have it, the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport is once again the fastest production car in the world, well probably for at least another week anyway until the Guinness World Records people change their minds again…

Easy Parts For Your Wheels

Are you in need of replacement parts for your Mercedes vehicle, or any other automobile for that matter?

For many of us, buying spares and replacements for our cars is not regular practice and a question mark can hang over exactly how to go about obtaining them. Do you just go down the local parts supplier in your area and accept a quote without knowing whether you are getting a good deal or not?

Well fortunately there is another way – have you considered searching for parts online?

It doesn’t matter what car you drive, whether it be a Mercedes A-Class, B-Class or C-Class, or even a used Mini Convertible – there are parts available online for all vehicles.

If you are still unsure, here are a couple of advantages to buying online.

 

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What could me more convenient that ordering the parts you need from the comfort of your own home? You save money on fuel that would be used to get down to your local parts supplier and it takes less time – simple.

 

Comparisons

Remember that if you go down to a dealer in your area there will be one price for the part you want and one price only. Searching for parts online from sites such as BuyYourCar.co.uk allows you to compare prices from hundreds of suppliers all over the UK and makes it easy to see who is selling the part you want for the least amount of money.

 

No Pressure

Forget about dealers pressuring you to make a purchase, there is none of that when you buy online and you are free to make a decision in your own time.

 

Cheaper

It is cheaper for parts suppliers to sell online without having to employ people to try and sell them to you, so in turn you save money on the replacements you need.