Could a big van, resembling a delivery car, arouse a sensation? As it turns out - yes. Provided that it will be equipped with the high-end passenger car and that it will be stuffed with electronics. And that’s just in case of the new Mercedes V-Class.
In Poland, Mercedes V was first presented at the Motor Show fair in Poznan, and it was the hottest premiere at the exposition of the brand with a star in its logo. Although the shapes of the car are quite common, its details may be really appealing – it has modern-looking, slanting headlights with “mandatory” LED lamps. The profiles of the body make an impression as if the car was in motion. If, however, the external appearance was the biggest asset of this vehicle, we would write about the defeat. V Class certainly isn’t the most beautiful car, nor the most stylistically designer of the modern vehicles.
An almost-truck as a luxury passenger car
The main distinguishing feature of this car is a combination of spaciousness, that could be expected from a big van, with what is associated with Mercedes brand- so with luxurious furnishings and modern technology. Manufacturer somewhat remembered that in minds of his customers, the word "Mercedes" isn’t associated with boring and ordinary cars such as Vito or Sprinter, but with elegant cars that surpass competitors in comfort and equipment.
Just look inside to se what the car offers. The dashboard doesn’t resemble that of van-based delivery cars, but is rather similar to the cockpit of a passenger Mercedes. Arched lines, round indicators and air intakes, combined with high-quality finishing materials (on request - leather) immediately tell us that the manufacturer is certainly not motivated by saying "as cheaply as possible."
But the thing that caught our attention is the space for passengers. And it must be admitted that Mercedes did very well. Driver and passenger seats can be turned around, so that the passengers could sit down together at a folding table. What’s important, everyone will have a lot of space around. This means that the car is well suited for a getaway with family or friends outside the city, as well as for a business trip (and carry several business meetings, even on the forest car park).
The most expanded versions can accommodate up to 8 people. In 4-person version everyone has four, full-sized seat at their disposal. Versions for 6 and 8 people have couches mounted in the rear. You can even sleep in Mercedes V! 3- seater sofa in the last row of seats can serve as a bed. Under the bed there’s a place for additional drawers.
Quite a significant thing is the fact that this car is equipped in heating system from S-Class! Before getting into the car you can turn the heating on using the remote control. Thanks to this you can already get to the vehicle that’s already heated.
Class V is equipped with an opening rear window that can be used to quickly load the luggage or shopping. Through the window you can also get to an optional organizer, to which we can put items with a total weight of 50 kg.
Safety and ecology
During the fair in Poznan, Mercedes representatives focused on technical and environmental issues. The new V-class managed to improve the engine performance while reducing the emissions and lowering the average consumption to about 6 liters per 100 km, regardless of which drive unit we choose. Firstly, there are four-cylinder twin-turbo diesel engines with 136 HP (V 200 CDI), 163 HP (V 220 CDI) and 190 HP (250 BlueTEC). The top version has an automatic transmission 7G-TRONIC PLUS in standard.
The new Class V has as much as 11 driver assistance systems. Each of them is based on a set consisting of camera, radar and ultrasonic sensors. These systems counteract the effects of crosswinds, warn against fatigue, assist parking, recognize traffic signs, control the distance between vehicles and warn against driving upstream and optimize the operation of seat belts and airbags.
With such equipment (and the awareness that we won’t use too much fuel at the same time) we can go even in the farthest journey.