Mercedes V Class: the spacious sedan with the star
A step above the usual crop of people carriers, the V-Class offers masses of space mixed with high-end saloon car luxury. It’s so easy to climb in the rear thanks to the two vast electric-sliding doors, which of course are a real plus point when you need to open them in a tight car park or busy street. It is roomy and big enough to swallow several large suitcases. The V-Class combines comfort and luxury on a large scale and it truly embodies the Mercedes sense of style like no other vehicle in this category. It is ideal for use as a VIP shuttle and a luxurious comfort oasis for long journeys.
It looks like a van with windows
Although the V-Class is sold by Mercedes’ car division (and dealerships), there’s no escaping that this third-generation of MPV is van-based, sharing its underpinnings, and much of its bodywork and mechanical paraphernalia with the humble Vito commercial vehicle.
But unlike the first-generation V-Class – and the Viano that preceded this iteration – the latest model has been differentiated more than ever before so that it feels more car-like.
There’s little that can be done to hide its van-like origins – although its chamfered corners make it look as though it might have been squeezed out of a tube when compared with its most immediate rival, the sharper-edged Volkswagen Caravelle. At least the cabin feels suitably upmarket.
Up front it feels – and looks – not dissimilar to the C-Class, with a swoopy dashboard punctuated by circular air vents and Merc’s familiar tablet-like multimedia screen sat proud of the faux carbon-fibre applique.
Below is the rotary-and-touchpad multimedia control module that many upmarket Benzes feature, while the other switchgear feels suitably well-engineered and reassuringly familiar.
Access to the rear compartment is via two electrically operated sliding doors (controls for which are on the doors themselves, the pillars immediately behind the front passengers’ heads, within the pod for the multimedia controller and on the key), revealing space for five adults.
As standard there’d be two benches with space for six back there, but I opted for two captains’ chairs and a pop-up table instead – a zero-cost change when ordering a V-Class.
Those van-like dimensions allow tall passengers to sit comfortably even in row three, despite the roof gently tapering by this point, while the middle pair of seats can be faced rearwards in this lounge configuration, or unclipped to point in the direction of travel.
Measuring 5.37m nose to tail, the Extra Long body has an extended wheelbase compared with the shorter two V-Classes, yet this is more to the benefit of boot space than passenger comfort. With all seven seats in use there’s 1,410 litres of capacity, expanding to a, err, van-like 4,630 litres if all of the seats barring the front pair are removed.
In addition, when renting a car from MBS87, you can also use the extr services:
Professional Driver: The very finest chauffeurs, all hand selected to meet our very exacting standards. Each one is so much more than just a driver.
Comfort & Style: The V-class will hold 8 adults comfortably as well as 6 large suitcases and 6 carry-on bags
Bottled Water: All our chauffeur vehicles come with free bottled water for all the passengers.
Wi-fi on board: Need to be online while you're on the move? You can work, surf and check your email via free Wi-Fi.
Safety, Comfort & Reliability
We believe that regular preventive maintenance enhances reliability and improves safety. We take the task so seriously that all our vehicles are periodically and meticolously checked to minimize roadside emergencies. We don't take all the credit, we also rely on the latest V-Class safety features:
- Blind-spot monitor
- Forward-collision Warning
- Radar-based Safety Distance Assistance
- Front automated Emergency Braking
- Lane-departure Warning
- Latest extra-long V-Class
- Reclining Seats
- Electric Sliding Doors
- Tinted Glasses
- Ambient Lighting
- Freezer Cool Box
- In Car 4G Wi-Fi