It may not be brand new, but the Mercedes Tourismo has celebrated many anniversaries and experienced great sales success in its time. To celebrate its tenth birthday, we put this dyed-in-the-wool long-distance bus to the test.
This bus is a true phenomenon on the roads of Europe. It may not be much of a head-turner, or particularly innovative, but since 1994 it has gone from strength to strength and celebrated one milestone after another. After more than 20,000 of the buses in the series had been built, 2014 saw the latest round of upgrades. Alongside the introduction of Euro 6 came a
further improvement to the safety equipment. Although this bus features neither a front collision guard (FCG) nor the expanded ABA3 emergency brake assistant for design reasons, the AEBS system (compulsory since the end of 2015) and the lane assistant
will be available as standard from the summer.
Thanks to its identical headlights, the Tourismo is the spitting image of the first Travego generation, although the little brother now boasts a little more visual extravagance with a bold downward swoop from the roof to the a-pillar. Made at the Hosdere plant near Istanbul (which is also celebrating its 20-year anniversary), this marathon runner is a no-nonsense vehicle free of any airs and graces. And this is exactly what so many companies all over Europe like about it.