Mercedes V-Class review

Category: Van-based MPV

Section: Costs & verdict

Mercedes V-Class 2021 interior infotainment
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  • Mercedes V-Class 2021 rear door open
  • Mercedes V-Class 2021 front cornering
  • Mercedes V-Class 2021 rear cornering
  • Mercedes V-Class 2021 interior dashboard
  • Mercedes V-Class 2021 rear seats
  • Mercedes V-Class 2021 interior infotainment
  • Mercedes V-Class 2021 right tracking
  • Mercedes V-Class 2021 interior rear seats
  • Mercedes V-Class 2021 interior detail
  • Mercedes V-Class 2021 rear door open
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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Pricing is yet to be 100% confirmed for the facelifted model, but the outgoing V-Class doesn’t come cheap, and the latest version is sure to follow suit.

Whether you judge it against the similarly van-like Ford Tourneo and Peugeot Traveller, or regular MPVs such as the Ford Galaxy and Seat Alhambra, the Mercedes is a much pricier option. Even the VW Caravelle, itself far from cheap, isn’t quite as costly to buy as the V-Class. As for the Mercedes V-Class Marco Polo camper van, it’s list price is eye-wateringly high, more so than VW’s Caravelle-based California.

It’s hard to justify the AMG-Line version; all your extra outlay gets you is a set of 19in alloy wheels, sportier body styling, metallic paint and carbon fibre-look interior trim.

You can also get Exclusive trim, which sits above AMG Line and adds more luxurious, armchair-style seats for the middle row. Full specification is yet to be confirmed, but it'll push the price up even further, making it even more difficult to recommend.

There are two Marco Polo versions available. The Marco Polo Horizon gives you two beds but few other campervan luxuries, while the version named simply Marco Polo gets the kitchenette.

Mercedes doesn’t have the most consistent reliability record, as was highlighted in the 2020 What Car? Reliability Survey. Mercedes finished near the bottom of the table, below Ford, Volkswagen and Seat. At least Mercedes provides a decent three-year, unlimited mileage manufacturer’s warranty, which should offer some reassurance.

Also positive is that the V-Class offers good crash protection, scoring the full five stars in Euro NCAP safety tests in 2014 – although more stringent tests have been introduced since then.

All models come with a driver fatigue monitoring and automatic emergency braking (AEB), while the optional Driver Assistance package includes adaptive cruise control, seatbelt pre-tensioning, blind spot warning and lane-keeping assistance.

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Overview

With so much space and potential for luxury on offer it’s no surprise that the Mercedes V-Class isn’t cheap. Whether you judge it against the similarly van-like Ford Tourneo and Peugeot Traveller, or regular MPVs such as the Ford Galaxy and Seat Alhambra, the Mercedes is a much pricier option. Even the VW Caravelle, itself far from cheap, isn’t quite as costly to buy as the V-Class. As for the Marco Polo campervan, it’s list price is eye-wateringly high, more so than VW’s Caravelle-based California camper.

  • Spacious seating
  • Well equipped
  • Relatively luxurious inside
  • SWB model has a small boot
  • Unrefined to drive
  • Hugely expensive
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