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Mercedes-Benz Viano (04-14) - rated 3 out of 5

It’s not a new trick but taking a van and turning it into a passenger vehicle can be a very effective way of creating a highly practical set of family wheels.

The Mercedes-Benz Viano is a great example of this as it provides the robustness of van mechanicals along with the comfort of a passenger vehicle and a huge amount of practicality.

The Mercedes Viano first went on sale in 2004 and is based on the Mercedes-Benz Vito medium panel van. In short, that means it is huge inside and can seat up to eight people though you can specify the van in three different lengths plus different seating configurations that can include tables.

Its rivals included the Volkswagen Caravelle, Hyundai i800 and Chrysler Grand Voyager