Performance & drive
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
The only engine available in the Mercedes V-Class Marco Polo is a 2.0-litre diesel that’s mated to a nine-speed automatic gearbox.
You can have it in two power outputs – the 220d has 161bhp while the 300d ups this to 234bhp. In our tests the former took a leisurely 13.0sec to get from 0-60mph, some way behind even the least powerful VW California 2.0 TDI 150 and the more powerful 2.0 185 Ford Transit Custom Nugget.
While you’ll certainly find comfier examples of those car types, you won’t find a camper that rides better than the Marco Polo. Compared with the wallowy yet fidgety Nugget or the stiff California, the Marco Polo is a relaxed motorway cruiser that absorbs the worst of most bumps even on AMG Line’s standard sports suspension.
It does start to feel a little floaty over particularly undulating roads, while the nastiest potholes and ridges generate a bit of a thump and thud, but you’d be perfectly happy to cover long distances in one.
The soft set-up means it doesn’t feel as agile and leans over more than a California. Even so, there’s lots of grip, the steering is precise enough and it certainly feels more stable than the Nugget. Besides, who’s really going to throw a fully loaded camper around on their favourite B-road?