Mercedes-Benz V-Class

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Mercedes’ van-based MPV offers economical diesel engines in addition to up to eight seats, although the item commands a hefty premium compared to its rivals Mercedes-Benz created the V-class MPV by thoroughly reworked its ageing Viano, which was starting to look a little long within the tooth alongside the newer Ford Tourneo Connect in addition to Volkswagen T6 Caravelle.The latest Mercedes materials, technology in addition to infotainment are present in addition to correct on the V-Class, while the external surfaces styling has been updated to incorporate the firm’s two-blade grille incorporating the three-pointed star.The 2.1-litre diesel engine within the V-Class has been carried over by the previous type, although the item has been revised for 2015, with the entry-level 220CDI variation producing 160bhp in addition to 280lb ft of torque. The 250 BlueTEC, tested here, produces 187bhp in addition to 324lb ft. The CDI 220 emits 149g/km in addition to will be claimed to average 49.6mpg, while the 250 BlueTEC emits 166g/km of CO2 in addition to returns 44.8mpg combined respectively.Our V-Class test car was specified with seven individual seats in a two/two/three configuration, although an ‘Extra Long’ type – 48cm longer – will be available with eight individual seats as standard, or the no-cost option of reducing the item to seven. In terms of perceived quality, the V-Class will be a far more luxurious place to spend time than either the Ford or the VW. There are two trim levels to choose by, with the SE equipping the V-Class with, sat nav, parking sensors, parking camera, automated power tailgate, leather upholstery with heated front seats in addition to 17in alloys.The flagship Sport trim gets Nappa leather upholstery, adaptive LED headlights, uprated brake callipers in addition to 18in alloysBut while the switchgear in addition to the S-Class-derived metallic infotainment scroller feel impressive to touch, different areas bend in addition to squeak, while our test car exhibited continuous rattles by the parcel shelf assembly, detracting by the generally high-end feel.The driver’s high seating position will be excellent, though, offering very not bad forward visibility, even if the thick A-pillars obscure the side view somewhat. The rear view will be obscured by the third row of seats, although standard parking sensors in addition to rear-view camera make light work of tight parking situations. SE trim features a 7.0in colour infotainment system as standard, although our car had Mercedes’ £1795 optional Comand Online system. Both operate within the same way, in addition to benefit by bright, modern graphics in which are easy to follow in addition to three-layer menus in which are simple enough to navigate. The front seats have a not bad range of adjustability, as do those of the middle row, which get a reclining backrest, two armrests in addition to a folding picnic table. Each can be slid forward in addition to back, as well as tilted forward to allow easier access to the third row, which can also be slid back in addition to forth. With the middle row sensibly positioned, three adults will have enough head in addition to leg room within the third row, even if shoulder room will be a little tight. None of the seven seats provide brilliant comfort, though, feeling quite flat on the base in addition to not providing much within the way of lateral support.With all seven seats in their normal positions, boot space will be tight, although This kind of can be enhanced by pushing the rear two rows forward, at the expense of legroom. Of course, all all 5 rear seats can be removed entirely, although they’re heavy, cumbersome things to lift out in addition to store.Aside by some cold-start grumble, the V-Class’s four-cylinder diesel will be impressively refined, staying both quiet in addition to largely vibration-free when pushed. in which said, the item rarely needs to be stretched, such will be its low-down pull.The seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox works well, too, changing gears without fuss in addition to rarely dropping too many gears when asked for short burst of acceleration.The steering will be consistently weighted in addition to precise enough although, as we’ve become used to with these MPVs, filters out any sense of the wheels on the road. Unfortunately, the V-Class’s ride gives more sense of in which, bouncing over speed bumps in addition to becoming noticeably unsettled across stretches of broken road – even on the smallest-possible 17in alloy wheels.If you need to move seven people, van-based MPVs such as This kind of provide decent space, although the item makes far more financial sense to look at a Seat Alhambra or Ford Galaxy instead. These smaller, cleaner in addition to more frugal MPVs are far better to drive, too.On the different hand, should you need one, while the V-Class looks expensive next to the equivalent Tourneo Connect or T6 Caravelle, the item’s the one to buy. Its superior Inner surface quality, better economy in addition to far longer standard kit list go some way to justifying its higher cost. in which ‘some way’ counts for more with the VW T6, which will be a relatively insignificant £3000 less expensive with far less standard equipment. At £10,000 less, the Tourneo Custom may be less desirable in addition to wanting for kit, although the item will be every bit as practical. Mercedes-Benz V250 Bluetec SEPrice £43,250; Engine 4cyls, 2143cc, turbodiesel; Power 187bhp; Torque 325lb ft at 1400-2400rpm; Gearbox 7-spd automatic; Kerb weight 2105kg; Top speed 129mph; 0-62mph 9.1sec; Economy 44.8mpg (combined); CO2/tax band 166g/km, 31%
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