What unites Russian oligarchs, high-ranking members of the Japanese mafia and British VIPs whisked away from an airport? No, it’s not a dodgy bank account, but the fact they are most likely travelling in a Mercedes V-Class.
The theory is that, being based on the hefty Vito van, the V-Class offers even more space than regular large MPVs such as the Ford Galaxy and Seat Alhambra, and being a Mercedes, you can also turn the luxury up to 11. This isn’t the only commercial vehicle to put on an MPV suit, either: there’s also the Ford Tourneo Custom, Peugeot Traveller and Volkswagen Caravelle to consider.
The V-Class is now in its fourth generation and you can have it in standard, long or extra-long form with a choice of two diesel engines. There are several trim levels to choose from, including one named AMG line that brings a more aggressive exterior.
Not only is it offered as an MPV, though; you can also buy a campervan-style variant which sleeps up to four people, has a kitchenette, and is known as the V-Class Marco Polo. The V-Class range received a facelift in 2019, bringing styling tweaks inside and out, as well as a new lineup of engines and a new automatic gearbox.
The question is, would this big people carrier work for you? Is it the ideal choice to transport your troop of kids? And if you also like to take your big family on outdoorsy adventures, is the V-Class Marco Polo the answer? Read on to find out everything you need to know about all variants of the V-Class.
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