Why would you buy a car when you can buy a van? One of Ford's best-selling models in the US is a Mercedes Vito van, after all. They are roomier and are handy when you want to go to the tip.
But they are slow, noisy and guzzle fuel, you reply. I used to think the same thing, but vans have come a long way since the rattle-filled rust-buckets of yester year. Take the Mercedes-Benz Vito van as a case in point. It is by no means slow, (especially if you opt for the 3-litre diesel – or even the three litre petrol version). As for noisy, Mercedes-Benz has had their best teams on what the manufacturers cal noise, harshness and vibration. Dashboard gear changes, bulkheads and plenty of soundproofing all mean that today's Vito van is more like today's cars.