- Full five-star rating from Euro NCAP
- Raft of safety kit as standard
- Optional Driving Assistance Pack is worthwhile
Mercedes-Benz has a long-established reputation for safety, so it was no surprise that the V-Class earned the top five-star rating when it was crash tested by the experts at Euro NCAP.
Standard across the range are child locks for the electrically sliding rear doors, automatic wipers and LED lights front and rear – with automatic main beam and brake lights that glow brighter the quicker the rate of deceleration.
A self-parking function is standard, and we would recommend complementing that with the optional 360-degree camera system.
Attention Alert monitors the driver for signs of drowsiness, while the Collision Prevention Assist feature benefits from autonomous emergency braking to mitigate against lower-speed accidents.
Crosswind Assist stops the V-Class from wandering around the road in high side-winds, especially at higher speeds in open areas
Key safety options include:
- Lane Tracking Package – lane-keeping assist vibrates the wheel when the car ventures over lines on the road, with Blind Spot Assist flagging up markers in the door mirror glass if the car detects another vehicle approaching from behind.
- Driving Assistance Package – Adds to the above features with Pre-Safe that monitors the potential for an accident and primes the safety systems (including tightening the front seatbelts) and Distronic adaptive cruise control.
How many Isofix points does the Mercedes-Benz V-Class MPV have?
All V-Classes have four Isofix points. On bench seats, they are located in the centre and off-side positions, while captain’s chairs have a set each.
Additional safety equipment on V-Classes from 2019
Two further safety advances, already seen elsewhere on other Mercedes models, made it across to the V-Class as part of the 2019 facelift – Active Brake Assist and Highbeam Assist Plus.
Active Brake Assist prevents or severely reduces the consequences of a frontal impact with other vehicles, stationary objects and pedestrians, working especially effectively at urban speeds. These type of systems are also known to reduce insurance premiums.
Highbeam Assist Plus improves upon the existing LED headlamp technology by not simply turning the main beam off when another vehicle is detected, but only closing down the portion of light that may otherwise dazzle the drivers of other vehicles. This keeps the remainder of the view ahead fully illuminated.
Watch: Mercedes-Benz V-Class MPV Euro NCAP crash test
- Vast interior with space for eight
- Three lengths available; all are roomy
- Seats are very heavy and hard to remove
Much though the firm wants to distance itself from such comparisons, being based on a van means Mercedes-Benz V-Class practicality is almost exemplary.
There’s certainly no need to worry about running out of interior room and leg, shoulder and headroom are available in abundance thanks to the vast cabin; there’s genuine space for up to eight adults and their luggage.
Unless you need eight seats, we’d recommend the seven-seater package – which comes with a handy pop-up table on Long and Extra-Long V-Classes. It works particularly well when the middle row faces backwards, creating more of a lounge feel in the back.
Folding the seats is easy, as is sliding them around the cabin, though removing them completely is a job for two people due to their weight. Slotting them back into the rail system requires a degree of deftness that further slows down the operation. You also need to have somewhere to store the bulky seats once you’ve removed them.
Disappointingly, there’s little stowage space for odds and ends around the cabin; there’s a deep cubby between the front seats with a quartet of cupholders and USB points – complemented by well-sized door bins and a glovebox – but, other than four more cupholders in the back, that’s it.
The dimensions listed relate to the V-Class Extra Long, but the regular (4,895mm) and Long (5,140mm) versions are hardly compact.
Inevitably, the nose of the longest version will poke out of most car parking spaces, but in spite of that – and its width – it’s the V-Class’s height that restricts where you can park it.
At 1,880mm tall it’s too high for many multi-storey car parks – so check in advance before you pre-book parking.
The loadspace behind the rearmost seats is similarly impressive, offering up to 1,410 litres with the seats in place on Extra Long versions – remove the rear chairs and that jumps to 4,630 litres.
Even with all the seats in place, the most compact V-Class will swallow 610 litres of luggage, the Long up to 1,030 litres.
The tailgate glass can be opened separately, too, which is perfect for tight spaces where the vast boot door is just too large to open properly.
We’d strongly recommend the optional luggage area cover with its fold-out carry boxes located within it – they’re great for containing smaller groceries rather than having them roll around on the boot floor.
Mercedes does suggest that the V-Class is also aimed at active outdoor sportspeople (as well as families and business shuttle services) but we’re not sure many will be able to stomach throwing in muddy bikes or sandy surfboards into such a lavishly trimmed cabin. However, a selection of roof boxes and tailgate-mounted cycle racks are available
The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Mercedes-Benz V-Class.
Equipment by trim level
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