Mercedes’ MPV is bigger than ever, providing practicality, great comfort, loads of space and masses of technology.
Room for seven people in the MPV’s two-two-three layout, with the Extra Long variant offering eight. Boot space provides ample luggage space even with all seats in place, while rear seats can be removed for extreme load-lugging. If passenger space is the priority, the rear seats can be slid back. The glass rear window opens separately allowing easy access to the boot space without having to open the large rear door.
Loads of kit as standard, with the entry-level SE having dual-zone climate control, leather seats – the front ones heated – sat-nav, two USB sockets and a seven-inch touch-screen infotainment display. The optional Agility Select system offers four driving modes to suit individual preferences and driving conditions. The larger sliding rear side doors are electrically operated, making it easy to get passengers in and out, especially in confined spaces.
The smooth 2.1 litre twin-turbo diesel - in either 161 or 188bhp versions – can easily haul a full load of passengers and all accompanying luggage on the longest of journeys. The smooth seven-speed auto gearbox makes the driver’s job easy as well. Powerful it may be, but carbon dioxide emissions are low for a vehicle of this size meaning that road tax and company car tax are relatively low.
Maximum five stars in the Euro NCAP crash test, with good scores for adult, child and pedestrian protection. The V-Class also has a system to alert the driver if it senses her or she is getting tired at the wheel, Sidewind Assist automatically keeps the MPV in its lane, and the options list has a blindspot warning system to go alongside the standard self-parking system and reversing camera. Also available is the PRE-SAFE crash detection system, which warns the driver, tightens seatbelts and closes windows. The high-set driver’s seat and large windows provided great visibility all round.