The Mercedes-Benz of people movers. Designed for people who take task of transporting people seriously, this spacious V-Class shares its platform with Benz' commercial Vito van.
How much does it cost and what do you get'
Ever had to squeeze into the third row of a seven-seat SUV' It's often an undignified and uncomfortable experience, particularly for adults. The V-Class' main selling point is the luxury of space - this is an open-plan van offering easy access to six, seven or eight seats intended to accommodate grown-ups.
The big bus isn't particularly cheap, priced from $74,990 plus options and on-road costs that pushes its sticker well north of $80,000.
Measured by the metre, that's not bad going for a new Mercedes, and you do get a taste of the brand's luxury and tech appeal.
Standard kit includes 17-inch alloy wheels, front and rear parking sensors, a reversing camera hooked up to a 7-inch interior display, power sliding doors and a six-seat cabin layout. Our test model features eight seats ($1224), a 360-degree camera ($560) and metallic paint ($1355) that make it a more attractive proposition.
Mercedes supports the V-Class with a three-year, 200,000-kilometre warranty.
What's under the bonnet'
The V220 is powered by a 2.2-litre turbo diesel engine that sends 120kW and 380Nm to the rear wheels through a seven-speed automatic transmission.
Reasonably punchy on the road, the diesel can feel a touch unrefined when pressed into service. How you feel about that will be shaped by your expectations surrounding the model - approach it as a van, and you'll likely be impressed by the effortless torque and well sorted shifts of its engine and transmission combination.
But those looking to sample a new Mercedes may be disappointed by the experience.
What's it like to drive'
The same is true on the road, where the V-Class' humble origins are evident in its cab-forward, van-like driving position. Mercedes' rear-drive layout means you won't be troubled by torque steer tugging at the steering wheel, offering a traction advantage when loaded up with passengers or gear.
Light steering, excellent visibility and powerful brakes make the V220 easy to punt in urban traffic, where the machine is frequently used by airport, hotel and corporate shuttle services.
Drivers who want to sharpen the V-Class' dynamics can specify sports suspension and low-profile 18-inch wheels, which feels like a somewhat selfish choice given the model's design purpose.
What's it like inside'
Up front, the V-Class is all modern Mercedes - think door-mounted seat controls, a multifunction steering wheel with shift paddles, 8-inch stereo with sat Nav and digital radio, sports pedals and more. It's a comfortable place to be, offering a wide range of seat and steering wheel adjustment as well as adjustable armrests for driver and front passenger.
Rear occupants get a decent amount of room, along with individual seats and headrests (as opposed to simple benches) that represent a comfortable and safe proposition. We frequently ride in all three rows of the V-Class range and find it to be one of the most comfortable ways to get lots of people and gear from A to B.
Buyers keen to emphasise the Mercedes' luxury appeal can add a panoramic sunroof ($3076), Burmester stereo ($1385) and Comand online infotainment system ($2300) to the V-Class' feature list. Additional versatility is offered in the form of a parcel shelf and folding table that make the van easier to work with.
Is it safe'
Yep, the V-Class offers a full suite of front airbags as standard, along with curtain rear airbags and crash-prevention features such as forward collision warning, driver attention monitoring and crosswind assistance features. Active cruise control is a $1000 option well worth considering for people who spend a lot of time on the road.
Would I buy it'
If I had a good reason to, sure. The V-Class' specialised nature and comparatively high price restrict it to corporate customers and cashed-up families with enough kids to start a tennis club - i don't qualify for either of those.
What else should I consider'
Volkswagen's Transporter is a natural rival, while the Kia Carnival is a cheaper package for families in need of an eight-seater.
2018 Mercedes-Benz V220 pricing and specifications:
Price: From $74,990 plus on-road costs
Engine: 2.2-litre four-cylinder turbo diesel
Power: 120kW at 3800rpm
Torque: 380Nm at 1400-2400rpm
Transmission: Seven-speed auto, rear-wheel-drive
Fuel use: 5.7L/100km
Audio, Visual & Communication
Audio - AAC Decoder
Audio - Aux Input USB Socket
Memory Card Reader
Multi-function Control Screen - Colour
Radio - Digital (DAB+)
Instruments & Controls
Digital Instrument Display - Partial
GPS (Satellite Navigation)
Leather Steering Wheel
Pedals - Sports
Lights & Windows
Headlamps Automatic (light sensitive)
Power Windows - Front only
Rain Sensor (Auto wipers)
Rear View Mirror - Electric Anti Glare
Rear Windows - Extra Dark/Privacy
Safety & Security
Airbags - Head for 2nd Row Seats
Airbags - Head for 3rd Row Seats
Airbags - Side for 1st Row Occupants (Front)
ABS (Antilock Brakes)
Blind Spot Sensor
Brake Emergency Display - Hazard/Stoplights
Camera - Rear Vision
Central Locking - Remote/Keyless
Collision Mitigation - Forward (Low speed)
Collision Warning - Forward
Control - Electronic Stability
Control - Park Distance Front
Control - Park Distance Rear
Control - Rollover Stability
Control - Traction
Driver Attention Detection
EBD (Electronic Brake Force Distribution)
Lane Departure - with Passive Steer Assist
Airbag - Driver
Parking Assist - Graphical Display
Parking Assistance - Automated Steering
Airbag - Passenger
Airbags - Head for 1st Row Seats (Front)
Seatbelt - Load Limiters 1st Row (Front)
Seatbelt - Pretensioners 1st Row (Front)
Seatbelts - Lap/Sash for 7 seats
Electric Seat - Drivers with Memory
Electric Seat - Passenger with Memory
Headrests - Adjustable 1st Row (Front)
Headrests - Adjustable 2nd Row x2
Headrests - Adjustable 3rd Row x3
Heated Seats - 1st Row
Seat - Driver with Electric Lumbar
Seat - Passenger with Electric Lumbar
Seat - Rear Slide Adjustment
Seats - 2nd Row (2 position)
Seats - 3rd Row Split Fold
Engine - Stop Start System (When at idle)
Adjustable Steering Col. - Tilt & Reach
Multi-function Steering Wheel
Power Steering - Electric Assist
Door - side sliding LHS(passenger side)
Door - side sliding RHS(drivers side)
Power Sliding Side Doors
Tailgate with Opening Window
Control - Electronic Damper
Transmission & Drivetrain
Driving Mode - Selectable
Gear Shift Paddles behind Steering Wheel
Wheels & Tyres
17" Alloy Wheels
Disc Brakes Front Ventilated
Disc Brakes Rear Solid
Park Brake - Electric
12V Socket(s) - Auxiliary
Comfort & Convenience
Ambient Lighting - Interior
Armrest - Drivers Seat (Individual)
Armrest - Passengers Seat (Individual)
Armrest - Rear Occupants
Cup Holders - 1st Row
Air Cond. - Climate Control Multi-Zone
Air Conditioning - GPS Solar Sensing
Illuminated - Entry/Exit with Fade
Air Conditioning - Rear
Map/Reading Lamps - for 1st Row
Map/Reading Lamps - for 2nd Row
Over-head Centre Console - Front
Seatback Pocket - Front Driver Seat
Seatback Pocket - Front Passenger Seat
Storage Compartment - Centre Console 1st Row
Body Colour - Bumpers
Body Colour - Door Handles
Body Colour - Exterior Mirrors Partial
Power - Boot/Tailgate
Power Door Mirrors - Anti Glare
Power Door Mirrors - Folding
Power Door Mirrors - Heated
Audio: WMA Decoder
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