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What Car? says

2 out of 5 stars

For There's vast space, luxury fittings and proven, reliable mechanicals

Against It's expensive to run, poor to drive and noisy

Verdict Prestige badge, yes. Prestige car, no. The V-Class isn't pleasant or rewarding

Go for… 2.4-litre turbodiesel

Avoid… Everything else

Mercedes-Benz V-Class MPV
  • 1. Steer clear of franchised showrooms because cars there will be pricey. Find sellers specialising in executive or ex-fleet vehicles instead
  • 2. Known problems include sliding side doors that can jump their runners
  • 3. Rust was an issue on some models, and there were reports of collapsing rear suspension struts, too
  • 4. There's a huge amount of space inside, but also lots of engine, road and wind noise
  • 5. Pick the 2.2-litre diesel engine, as it's the lesser of all the evils
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