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Mercedes T-Class Review and Prices

The Mercedes T-Class does well to combine practicality with plushness, but it lags behind alternatives on tech and styling

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7/10
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This score is awarded by our team of expert reviewers
after extensive testing of the car

What's good

  • Comfortable at low speeds
  • Feels posh inside
  • Plenty of passenger space

What's not so good

  • Dull styling
  • Outdated infotainment
  • Noisy at high speeds

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Is the Mercedes T-Class a good car?

If you’re looking to buy a super-practical MPV, the Mercedes T-Class is the kind of car you may be considering. It’s a market that’s not all too populated today, but the Mercedes does face competition from the Ford Tourneo Connect and Volkswagen Caddy Life.

The T-Class is a bit like converting your garage into a new bedroom. It’s based on a van but gets plenty of plush bits and some extra seats to make it a comfortable family car.

However, it does still retain that van-like look on the outside. There are no huge visual differences in the bodywork compared to the Mercedes Citan small van on which the T-Class is based, aside from body-coloured bumpers as standard.

Oh, and naturally, the windows sitting in the place of panels around the rear. You do get some 16-inch alloy wheels as standard, though it’d be nice to have seen Mercedes push the boat out a little more.

That said, on the inside there has been a very decent effort at hiding the Mercedes T-Class’ van roots. You get an artificial leather interior with plenty of trimmed surfaces as standard, which all feel great, but there is still a fair amount of scratchy plastic to be found.

The T-Class does have a superb driving position though. You’re raised quite high, and there’s a boatload of adjustability in the seat and steering wheel.

Sitting in the centre of the dashboard is a 7.0-inch infotainment system. However, it runs an old version of Mercedes’ software. It still has sat nav and supports both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, but it’ll feel pretty outdated if you’ve used any other system introduced in the last couple of years.

Look past the dull styling and you'll find the Mercedes T-Class to be properly posh inside, plus rather comfy too.

Mat Watson
Mat Watson
carwow expert

Getting into the back of the Mercedes T-Class is dead easy thanks to a sliding door, and there’s plenty of space for three passengers in the back. Mind you, it’s worth noting only the two outer seats have Isofix child seat mounting points.

At the moment, you can only have a five-seater T-Class but Mercedes is working on a seven-seat version that will be available from the end of 2022, and there’s also an electric version under development.

With all five seats in place, you’ve got 520 litres of boot space to play with — lagging slightly behind the latest Volkswagen Caddy Life and Ford Tourneo Connect.

The UK is only set to get the Mercedes T-Class with a single engine option, that being a 1.5-litre diesel. It’s rather slow, and under heavy acceleration you’ll have to put up with it grumbling unpleasantly.

At least the seven-speed automatic gearbox is pretty slick, and driving across mixed types of roads saw a respectable 50mpg return on fuel economy.

You’ll find the Mercedes T-Class pretty easy to live with at low speeds. It rides comfortably, can be manouvered easily and the view out is as close to a greenhouse-on-wheels as it gets. There’s a fair bit of wind noise at motorway speeds, though.

If you’re looking for a super practical car with a posh edge to it, the Mercedes T-Class is worth considering. That said, it could be doing more to compete on the tech and style fronts.

Though the Mercedes T-Class is yet to arrive on UK shores, you can still head over to the Mercedes deal page to check out deals on the manufacturer’s other cars.