- Massive interior
- Luxury-car technology
- Easy to drive
- Efficient engines
- Noisy diesel engine
- Interior quality looks better than it feels
This is the new Mercedes-Benz V-Class - a big people-carrier aimed to appeal to large families, active sporty people and companies that offer luxury transport services.
Due to arrive in showrooms early 2015, the new V-Class will replace the current Viano model and will be able to transport up to eight people.
Shedding its van image
Mercedes-Benz is keen to lose the V-Class’s commercial vehicle ties and calls on the latest design cues from the likes of the recently launched S-Class and the new 2014 C-Class to add more car-like features, while a pair of optional design packages lift the exterior and interior ambience further.
There’s a distinctive two-section dashboard design coupled with high quality seat materials and according to Mercedes-Benz, the V-Class is the only vehicle in its segment to offer a leather steering wheel as standard.
Spacious and practical
There are plenty of practical features including a separately opening rear window attached to the upper tailgate frame. When coupled with the flexible boot storage this means items can be loaded into the vehicle without having to open the rather large rear door – handy for car parks. The size of the door makes it ideal as a rain cover, should a sudden downpour catch you out.
Interior space in the V-Class is impressive. It will be available as a six-, seven- or eight-seater vehicle depending on whether you specify three-seat benches or sets of two individual seats in the rear.
The driver and front passenger get four-way lumbar support for the first time and clever active seat ventilation, introduced first in the S-Class, is available.
A 2.1-litre engine will be available in a choice of two power outputs, one with 160bhp and the other offering 187bhp. The lower-powered diesel emits 149g/km of C02 and has an official fuel consumption figure of 50mpg, though the more powerful example isn’t far behind that with figures of 157g/km and 47mpg – and it’s the only one that is Euro6 compliant.
Latest generation technology
More innovation comes in the form of the new touchpad system launched first in the new C-Class. This clever bit of kit enables the driver to scroll through the various menus on the multimedia system with their fingertips - similar to how you operate a smartphone, though we found it slightly less easy to use on the move.
There’s a choice of infotainment systems offering the latest sat-nav technology, Bluetooth and even Internet connectivity and the V-Class is only available in Avantgarde trim. Standard equipment includes a leather interior, a 7-inch multimedia screen, LED headlamps, two sliding doors in the rear and ambient lighting.
It is also loaded with safety features. These include Attention Assist - which warns drivers when they stray out of their lane - Active Park Assist (which enables automated parking in a variety of different parking spaces) and an optional 360-degree camera which makes manoeuvring this large car much easier.
Read on for our full Mercedes V-Class review to find out just how good the Mercedes of MPVs really is.