Trim & equip­ment

Car Mechanics (UK) - - Project Mercedes-benz E320 Cdi -

For what is fun­da­men­tally a com­mer­cial ve­hi­cle, the T5 is im­pres­sively specced with ABS, sta­bil­ity con­trol and front airbags on vir­tu­ally all mod­els. Need­less to say, panel vans or­dered for com­mer­cial use will have fewer lux­u­ries than the later pas­sen­ger-ori­ented mod­els, so ex­pect plain black plas­tic bumpers rather than the more at­trac­tive colour-coded body pan­els. That said, the Car­avelle front bumper as­sem­bly costs £350, so you can al­ways swap it over and have it painted.

As far as we are con­cerned, the min­i­mum re­quire­ment for equip­ment is air-con­di­tion­ing and a pas­sen­ger airbag, al­though be aware that cold air will only be avail­able at the front on early low-spec mod­els. You will have to buy a high­er­spec Car­avelle, or go much newer, to get the more so­phis­ti­cated dual-zone cli­mate con­trol set-up. If you have pas­sen­gers in the back, rear side airbags are de­sir­able, but you will need to go to for a newer model to get them. Sport­line and High­line mod­els have the ad­di­tion of smart al­loy wheels, as well as elec­tric fold­ing mir­rors and tinted glass. As for de­sir­able op­tions, cap­tain’s swivel front seats are high on the list, as are dou­ble slid­ing side doors – that’s un­less you want to carry out a camper con­ver­sion.

There was a long- and a short­wheel­base T5. The shorter van is bet­ter look­ing and will fit in tighter park­ing spa­ces, but if room in­side is im­por­tant – say, if you’re plan­ning a camper con­ver­sion – then opt for a LWB.

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