MERCEDES LUXURY V-CLASS
Hire From: £250 Per Day
About the MERCEDES LUXURY V-CLASS
Having replaced the old Viano MPV, the Mercedes-Benz V-Class is a vast people carrier that offers masses of space mixed with high-end saloon car luxury. Mercedes has spruced up its Vito van, adding up to eight seats depending on configuration, and a much more premium interior that borrows lots of tech and design elements from elsewhere in the range.
There are two different body styles: a long wheelbase and an extra-long wheelbase. The former is available with seven seats only, while the latter is upgradable to eight seats if you need even more room for passengers. On top of that there are two trim levels – SE and Sport – and two engines to choose from, including the 220 Bluetec and 250 Bluetec turbodiesels.
Mercedes has dropped the V6 diesel from the Viano for this model, but go for the V250 and it’s actually faster and more economical than its predecessor.
Plenty of equipment comes as standard even on the entry-level SE, including sat-nav, Bluetooth, parking sensors with a reversing camera to help manoeuvre the massive machine, heated seats and crosswind assist.
Prices are competitive given the luxury and comfort on offer, too, although if you maximise the configuration for passenger space, it will impact on luggage room. There are lots of safety and technology packages you can add on as well if you want to increase the specification of the V-Class.
You can even get close to the level of technology available in the flagship S-Class, but no matter what, even the base-spec car feels upmarket and a cut above regular MPVs.
As it’s a step above the usual crop of people carriers, the V-Class’s main rival is the Volkswagen Caravelle, which is available in Executive and Business trim levels to match the Mercedes. However, its 178bhp 2.0-litre turbodiesel engine is no match for the more powerful 2.1-litre Merc motor.
Engines, performance and drive
The 2.1-litre diesel engine in the V-Class produces 187bhp and it’s just as fast as the old 3.0-litre unit in the Viano. That means economy is up without sacrificing performance. The V-Class is actually pretty good in this department thanks to a brisk 0-62mph sprint time of just 9.1 seconds and 480Nm of torque available for overtaking. Work the engine hard, however, and it feels quite gruff, while the 7G-tronic automatic gearbox is showing its age.
With the Agility Select system fitted there are a handful of driving modes to choose from: Eco, Manual, Comfort and Sport. These change the throttle response and steering to suit your preference, but most will simply leave the car in Comfort mode, which best matches the car’s nature. The gearbox is a bit lethargic and hangs onto gears too long, with jerky upshifts on occasion. Drop the car into Eco mode and the throttle response is dulled – it’s a bit too slow to be used all the time, while Sport mode is quick to change down into lower gears, which doesn’t help economy.
It’s comfortable in the most part, too, thanks to adaptive dampers that adjust to the road you’re on, and the steering is light and easy to use in town as well. It still feels solid at high speed, but the faster you go the more brittle the chassis feels.
Body Style:Estate, Mini MVP
Fuel in Litres:2.1L
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