Mercedes-Benz has updated its Class with a refreshed exterior and interior styling and a new 2.1-litre four-cylinder diesel engine that produce 236bhp in its highest state of tune.
The large MPV based on the Vito van was first launched in 2014 and now has been updated to bring its styling and technology more in line with the rest of the Mercedes range. It will continue to be offered in three different sizes (Standard, Long and Extra Long) and will be followed towards the end of the year by Marco Polo Horizon Campervan versions.
The previous Mercedes Benz V class 2.1 litre diesel engine has been switched for Mercedes four-cylinder OM654 unit, which will be available in two states of tune. The V250d produce187bhp and 324lb-ft, matching the output of the previous highest spec, while the V300d engine is capable of generating 236bhp and 369 lb-ft of torque, with the capability to offer an additional 22lb-ft in an over torque mode under the acceleration. It has a 0-62 mph time of 7.9 sec and a top speed of 136mph.
Depending on body style, both the V250d and V300 d have the official fuel economy of between 44.84 and 47.88mpg and produce between 154 and 165g/km of co2. Mercedes says the V250d offer fuel saving of around13% over its predecessor. A low specV220d is expected to follow later, matching the entry-level offering of the Current V class.
The previous seven-speed automatic gearbox has been replaced by a new nine-speed unit, with retuned comfort and sport driving modes. Three different chassis versions will be available with differing suspension setting, although all UK Cars will get Agility control suspension. British Buyers will be able to choose from sport and AMG line trim, with the latter featuring a modified grille design.
Rear wheel drive is standard, permanent four-wheel drive available as an option in Europe, it will not be offered in the UK. Automatic emergency braking is offered for the first time, alongside other driver’s aids including blind spot monitoring and lane keeping assistance.
The revamped interior features a new look dash board that includes a standard 10.25-inch touch screen and air vents inspired by those in the New A class. The car is also using the Nappa leather upholstery, and it is the same material used in the E class and G Class models. It retains a large sliding panoramic roof, a centre console with an integrated toolbox and temperature controlled cup holders.
The new V Class will continue to gain momentum in sales and performance to build its class alongside the Mercedes Vito. The Order books are now open with UK deliveries will start somewhere in June. The UK prices are yet to be set, but they are expected to cost around 1000 quids more than the outgoing model, which begin at GBP51, 700 for the V250d version.
Mercedes sold more than 209,000 units of the V class since it replaced the Viano in 2014, including 64,000 in 2018 a year in rising of7.7 per cent.
In term of perceived quality, the Class is a far more luxurious place to spend time than the Ford, Hyundai or the VW. The flagship AMG line trim gets 19 in alloy wheel, carbon fibre interior trim and an aggressive AMG body kit.
When it comes to the Camper Marco Polo vans it these vans are available in two different trims. The entry-level version of the camper van starts from the sport models and it comes with all equipment offered in the standard V class benefits from plus there is a luxury sofa bed with two seats convertible to a double bed, yacht wood flooring, swiveling front seat and a kitchenette complete with sink and multiple cupboard spaces, a gas hob, and refrigeration box. Upgrade to the AMG Line version and find all AMG style accessory found on equivalent V class added chrome, and sport suspension.
But while the switch gear and this class derived metallic infotainment scroller feel impressive to touch, other areas bend and squawk while our car test exhibited continue rattles from the carton shelf assembly, pessimistic from the generally high-end feel.
The driver high seating position is excellent, though offering very good forward visibility, even if the thick a pillars obscure the side view somewhat. The rear view camera makes light work of tight parking situation.