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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0
  • Real-world economy is similar for all engines
  • Van origins should make servicing easier
  • Residual values are strong across the range

There’s no escaping that to purchase even the entry-level Mercedes-Benz V-Class you’ll need to shell out a lot of money. That said, you do get an awful lot of car for the cash.

Pleasingly, running one isn’t a highway to financial hardship thanks to the efficiency of its diesel engine range, complemented by the effortless stop/start system and the V-Class’s fine aerodynamic performance.

Officially, the earlier V 220 d models use the least diesel – with a claimed average of 45.6mpg – although this is only marginally superior to the quoted figure for the V 250 d at 44.8mpg.

On longer motorway runs the V 250 d is more likely to achieve a real-world figure of around 35mpg, dropping to nearer 27mpg around town.

Interestingly, the new-for-2019 V 220 d (47.0mpg) is just pipped by the more powerful V 300 d (47.8mpg), but in the real-world we expect the two to the be very similar and average around 38mpg based on our early experiences.

Being based on a commercial vehicle, where van downtime needs to be kept to a minimum, maintenance on the V-Class shouldn’t prove too tricky – which will help keep the costs down further. Residual values are also strong, with the Mercedes typically retaining around 50% of its value after three years.

Since both versions of the earlier range essentially use the same 2.1-litre engine, emissions for the Mercedes-Benz V-Class are very similar.

The more efficient V 220 d weighs in with a CO2 output of 163g/km, while the punchier V 250 d is quoted as emitting 166g/km.

Fast-forward to the powerplants introduced in 2019 and you’re looking at improved figures of 157g/km of CO2 for the V 220 d and 155g/km for the V 300 d.

  • A few maladies so far in the V-Class’s model cycle
  • Mechanical components should last well
  • Technology shared across the Mercedes range

Although Mercedes-Benz is famous for its reliability record, the V-Class has suffered with four niggling recalls according to the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency.

Despite the length of time its 2.1-litre twin-turbo diesel engine’s been in production, it’s somewhat ironic that two of the recalls relate to a potential oil leak.

Furthermore, vehicles fitted with an auxiliary heater also had to be recalled due to a potential plumbing fault – while the most recent recall centred around the poor installation of the brake fluid reservoir.

All of these faults should have been rectified by now and, on the whole, the V-Class feels well assembled from good quality materials.

Estimated fuel cost per year

Fuel type Pence per litre Estimated cost per year *
Diesel 131p £1,323 - £1,353 *

* The estimated fuel cost figure is based on an annual mileage of 10,000 miles and is a guide to how much this model will cost in fuel each year. It's calculated using the model's average MPG (calculated from both town centre and motorway driving) and the average fuel price from around the country. Actual fuel costs will vary based on driving style and road conditions.

Highest and lowest CO2 emissions

Engine CO2 emissions Road tax (12 months)
2.2 CDi Diesel 163 g/km (Min) £200
2.2 CDi Diesel 177 g/km (Max) £200 - £465

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £200 - £465
See tax rates for all versions
Insurance group 31 - 40
How much is it to insure?

Vehicle excise duty (VED) varies according to the CO2 emissions and the fuel type of the vehicle. For cars registered before 01 March 2001 it is based on engine size. For cars registered on or after 01 March 2001 the VED or road tax is based on the car's CO2 emissions.