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Watch A Ford Transit, A Mercedes Vito, and A Volkswagen Transporter Engage In Tugs-of-War

These utility vans have been pulled out of their comfort zone to do something they shouldn’t be doing

In its essence, vans are nothing more than people and luggage haulers. They are the bare minimum, utility vehicles that are, in most cases, a non-aspiration purchase. People wouldn’t buy them solely to go on long drives or to fulfill their adrenaline cravings. But, the ‘Carwow’ team decided to take three vans out of their comfort zone. Drag race? No no. They indulged the trucks in a tug-of-war to see which one can pull the best. I don’t know who even bothered to come up with such a van-dalizing idea, but he or she sure deserves a raise!

These Vans Are Not Meant To Do This!

Watch A Ford Transit, A Mercedes Vito, and A Volkswagen Transporter Engage In Tugs-of-War
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The Ford Transit seen here is a custom MS-RT model that comes with things like a side body kit, 18-inch OZ wheels, sport exhaust, etc.

It features a 2.0-liter, four-pot diesel engine that churns out 184 horses and 306 pound-feet of torque.

A six-speed torque converter routes power to the front wheels here. It tips the scales at 4,929 pounds (2,236 kilos).

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The Mercedes-Benz Vito is powered by a 1.8-liter, four-cylinder diesel engine that makes 134 horses and 244 pound-feet of torque.

Power is channeled to the front wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox. It is lighter than the Transit, weighing in at 4,449 pounds (2,018 kilos). In a tug-of-war, which is actually a disadvantage.

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The Volkswagen Transporter comes with a 2.0-liter, four-pot oil burner that makes the most power amongst the three – 206 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of twist.

The wheels are powered via a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. It is a tad bit heavier than the Vito, weighing in at 4,484 pounds (2,034 kilos).

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The Transit has the lowest towing capacity – 4,079 pounds (1,850 kilos). The Vito’s towing capacity is better than the Transit’s – 4,409 pounds (2,000 kilos). However, the Volkswagen Transporter takes the cake here, with a maximum towing capacity of 5,512 pounds (2,500 kilos).

3, 2, 1, TUUUUUG

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The first war was between the Transit and the Vito. It’s not just the weight disadvantage that the Vito has to bear; it’s also the gearbox. Since it is a manual, going full throttle with the clutch release completely was on the verge of stalling the van. That was a factor to a certain extent and led to the Transit winning the round. It wasn’t a decisive victory, since the Ford van pulled the Mercedes van almost until the cone, but not beyond it. Nevertheless, it was a victory for the Ford Transit.

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The next round was the Ford Transit taking on the Volkswagen Transporter. This was nothing but a draw match. Neither of them budged and only managed to dig a hole for themselves. So, they relocated to a different surface that would give them a little more traction. It started off as a stalemate here, too, but soon after, the Transit was able to get a move and started pulling the Volkswagen van. The latter completely lost the plot hereafter and get pulled away embarrassingly easily by the Transit to give it a 2-0 win.

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Sidd Dhimaan
Sidd Dhimaan
Managing Editor, Truck Expert, EV Expert - siddhant.d@topspeed.com
Sidd joined the Topspeed.com team in 2017 as an intern and in less than a year he earned a full-time position as an associate editor and junior automotive expert. Fast forward to today, and he is currently serving as a managing editor, pickup truck expert, and EV expert.  Read full bio
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