The Mercedes-Benz V-Class is certainly not getting as much love as it deserves from casual fans compared to the other models of its brand. This is because of three reasons:
1. It’s not an SUV;
2. It’s not as luxurious as other Mercedes cars, and;
3. It’s not an SUV—just for emphasis.
However, there’s no doubt that the van is quite reliable as a people mover and cargo vehicle. The platform of the vehicle is also highly customizable especially for leisure and recreation as displayed in the Marco Polo models and other aftermarket RV builds. One tuner even took things too far by fitting it with a V8 and pitted it against the likes of the BMW M5, McLaren 720S, Mercedes-AMG GT, and Chevrolet Corvette C6 on the race track.
Going back to the new V-Class, Mercedes seems to have elevated its status from other vans by integrating the key exterior styling elements of current SUVs into it. The V-Class now features a sleeker bodywork ditching the stiffer body lines of its predecessor. The vehicle carries a sportier front grille, front bumper, and wheels while its upgraded air suspension gives it a beefier stance. Meanwhile, the interior of the new V-Class benefits from ambient lighting, a large panoramic roof, a free-standing display, and first-class leather if the buyer goes beyond its standard offering such as the Avantgarde and Exclusive trims.
The Mercedes-Benz V-Class is available in three sizes namely the 4,895 mm “compact”, 5,140 mm “long”, and 5,370 mm “extra-long”. The powertrains of the range start from 136 hp and 330 Nm of torque to 190 hp and 440 Nm of torque. The output is distributed via a seven-speed automatic transmission. All models starting from the V250 are equipped with an all-wheel-drive system.