New 2022 Mercedes-Benz eVito Tourer review


DaveHumphreys

25 Feb 2022

1/7
The Mercedes-Benz eVito Tourer is an electric can that can carry the most people this side of a bus, but unlike the posh EQV, this passenger version comes from the commercial vehicle side and isn't quite as plush inside. Does it matter? We find out.

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PROS: 

+ Seats up to nine

+ Decent battery range 

+ Cheaper than the EQV


CONS: 

- Minibus image  

- Basic infotainment 

- Less premium interior


Verdict: If you're solely looking for a highly versatile electric van that can transport up to nine people, the eVito Tourer may well appeal. Being more basic than the EQV might deter private buyers, but a near-£20,000 saving makes for a compelling case to choose this version. 



2022 Mercedes-Benz eVito Tourer review: the five-minute read


The single most-asked question about electric cars is about driving range. The second-most commonly asked question about electric cars has to be whether there is a six-, seven- or more-seater electric vehicle on the market? Until now, the answer has been limited, but it is gradually improving with more SUVs beginning to offer seven-seat versions, such as the Mercedes-Benz EQB. But when you need even more seats, Mercedes also has some solutions, in this case being the eVito Tourer. 


The premium German brand already sells the EQV, which is a battery-powered version of the excellent V-Class, and it is by far the poshest electric people carrier on the market. However, it also carries a £70,900 price tag, so it's not exactly cheap. That's where the eVito Tourer comes in. It is, essentially, the same vehicle, albeit with fewer high-end features, that has a lower £51,950 cost. 


The important features under the skin are present, namely the same 90kWh (usable) lithium-ion battery that's large enough to provide a 221-mile driving range. Driving the front wheels is a 201bhp electric motor that is smooth and relatively efficient, with a combined consumption figure of 28.4kWh/100km in WLTP conditions.


 

Despite its size, the eVito Tourer is a doddle to drive, and the raised seating position provides a great view of the road. The side mirrors are a little on the small side, but the clear reversing camera makes parking less of a hassle. On the move it is reasonably quiet, and while the 201bhp power output isn't massive, it does get the Mercedes up to speed briskly, such as when joining a motorway. 


Sticking to town can boost the driving range a good deal; up to 373 miles is possible, Mercedes says. That makes this car something to consider for professional drivers too. While that large battery does add a fair deal of weight, the suspension copes with and provides a softly sprung ride that soaks up all but the biggest bumps quite easily.


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Extended read… 



2022 Mercedes-Benz eVito Tourer interior and infotainment 


Where the eVito Tourer differs the most from the EQV is the interior, in particular the front. The dashboard has a more conventional arrangement with an instrument cluster featuring analogue dials for speed and power usage. A small TFT display at the centre provides trip computer information.

 

A basic touchscreen infotainment system might not be as impressive or slick as the MBUX system of the EQV, but you do get Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, which these days are good enough for most people. Other features include a leather multifunction steering wheel, 12-volt and USB chargers and cruise control. 


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2022 Mercedes-Benz eVito Tourer practicality and boot space 


Being a van means there is no shortage of practical elements to the interior of the eVito Tourer, as Mercedes knows many of its buyers are business users. That means two cup holders on the centre console within easy reach and more storage across the top of the dashboard for folders, paperwork or even the kids' tablet computer. 


A big draw of the Mercedes-Benz eVito Tourer is its seating capacity, but its load-lugging abilities are also a boon to owners and users. As with other vans from Mercedes, it is available with two body lengths known as L2 (5,140mm) and L3 (5,370mm), with most of the difference being a longer body beyond the rear wheels to increase boot space. The total volume of the L2 is 3.6m³, while the L3 can swallow up to 4.1m³. 


A quick-release function for the two rows of seats makes it a quick job to remove some or all of them, though their split nature makes the larger ones heavy, so having an extra pair of hands will make life much easier. Oh, and somewhere to keep the seats when you're not using them. 



2022 Mercedes-Benz eVito Tourer engine


Only one powertrain is offered with the eVito Tourer, an electric motor with a 201bhp peak output, but over long runs it operates at 94bhp to prolong battery life. Power is sent to the front wheels via a single-speed automatic transmission and a sizeable 100kWh (90kWh usable) battery serves as the 'tank'. Fully charged, it can drive up to 221 miles in WLTP conditions, but that figure will vary on how much it is carrying. 


An 11kW onboard AC charger is fine for overnight charging as the large battery takes around 10 hours to recharge completely. Topping up during a journey is best done with a rapid DC charger, which has a peak charging rate of 110kW. In optimum conditions, the battery's charge level goes from empty to 80 percent in around 40 minutes. 


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2022 Mercedes-Benz eVito Tourer driving 


It's important to remember that the eVito Tourer may be an EV, but it is still a van and a big one at that. So even with only a driver onboard the outright performance isn't going to feel all that fast, and less so if it's carrying the full capacity of passengers. Doing so will also impact the driving range as it will require more energy to pull along the added weight. 


That being said, the eVito Tourer is expectedly and impressively quiet for the type of vehicle it is, and despite its roomy cabin, the road noise at motorway speeds doesn't reverberate around the interior. Drivers will like the electric motor's smooth power delivery, and selectable energy recuperation levels can alter how fast the Mercedes decelerates when you take your foot off the accelerator. Alternatively, a sailing mode allows it to coast freely without any drag from the electric motor. 


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