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Van and Commercial Vehicle Awards 2023: Best Campervan
More of us will be holidaying in the UK next year, and with that in mind, a great campervan could become essential. Fortunately, the Mercedes V-Class Marco Polo is the best around...
Mercedes V-Class Marco Polo
Priced from £69,980 (incl. VAT and OTR) Fuel economy 34.9-36.2mpg C02 emissions 204-211 g/km Power 161-234bhp Torque 280-369lb ft
Getting out into the countryside shouldn’t mean you have to leave the comforts of home at, well, home. Indeed, the best campervans allow you to take just about everything you need or want – including the kitchen sink.
Last year, we named the Mercedes V-Class Marco Polo as our top-rated choice for your outdoors adventures. This year, it’s been up against even more rivals, so competition was tougher, yet the Marco Polo is our winner again.
So, how has our favourite model held on to the top spot? Well, for a start there’s the 161bhp 2.0-litre diesel engine. It’s more refined than the unit in the rival Ford Transit Nugget, making it more relaxing on long journeys. And while the Toyota Proace Matino can match it for outright speed, the Marco Polo does a better job of keeping its composure in corners.
Once you’re at your destination, a great campervan provides all manner of creature comforts – and our winner does just that. The double bed, for example, requires less effort to set up than it does in the Nugget or Proace Matino, and you can raise the roof electrically to reveal a second bed.
The quality of the materials is top-notch, with ambient lighting, plus leather and wood trims that are a cut above rival campervans’. There’s also a powered sliding door and tailgate to make it easier to get in and out of than most campers.
We can’t deny that the V-Class Marco Polo is an expensive choice, but it’s much more well-rounded than cheaper. You don’t need the costliest trim to get the equipment you’ll want, either: even entry-level Sport comes with three-zone climate control, 18in alloy wheels and heated windscreen washers.
By being great for the journey and the destination, the Marco Polo retains its title as the best campervan you can buy.
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