Mercedes V-Class Review

The Mercedes V-Class is a large, practical, posh van-based MPV that’s seriously roomy and comes with a decent amount of equipment, but there are cheaper alternatives.

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What's good

  • Posh interior
  • Flexible seating arrangements
  • Rather economical engines

What's not so good

  • Alternatives are cheaper
  • Diesel engine is a bit noisy
  • Some safety kit costs extra
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Overall verdict

There aren’t many big people carriers on sale that’ll comfortably seat up to eight people, and most of them look and feel a bit like modern minibuses. Not so the Mercedes V-Class. Where alternatives such as the Toyota Proace Verso and Hyundai i800 are like a huge blue Ikea carrier bag – practical and affordable but pretty basic – the V-Class feels like a whopping Prada holdall.

Even entry-level models come with big alloy wheels, flashy chrome trim and a few body creases to make sure your passengers don’t mistake it for a removals van, while more expensive AMG Line and Exclusive versions pack an even posher visual punch.

Don’t go thinking the Mercedes V-Class has maxed-out its style budget on the outside – it looks and feels very nearly as upmarket inside, too. The neat dashboard has lots of soft plastic trims and the infotainment system – while some way off the techy units you get in Mercedes SUVs – comes with more features than most MPVs.

Things are equally comfortable in the back seats. It’s a doddle to step in through the V-Class’ massive sliding doors and there’s enough headroom for six-footers to climb into the rearmost row. The seats themselves – of which you can have up to six – are nicely padded and there’s enough space in the V-Class’ wide cabin for three adults to sit side-by-side without feeling hemmed in.

There’s also the option to ditch the two rear benches and replace them with two uber-luxurious throne-like seats instead. Or, you can remove the back seats entirely and use the Mercedes V-Class as a seriously upmarket van.

If you need to carry seven friends about and can’t stretch to a limo, the Mercedes V-Class is the next best thing. It’s massive inside and one of the most upmarket MPVs around.

Mat Watson
carwow expert

Whether you’re carrying people or palettes, you’ll find the Mercedes V-Class is a doddle to drive. You sit up high and get a decent view out – although the windscreen pillars are rather wide – and the controls are all very light and easy to use in traffic.

The nine-speed automatic gearbox is nice and smooth, but it does like to change up a little too soon. This isn’t a huge issue but does mean the V-Class feels a little lethargic when you accelerate hard because it’s almost always in too high a gear.

It’s a shame that the Mercedes V-Class’ diesel engine grumbles quite loudly when you accelerate, but it settles into a quiet cruise at motorway speeds. You won’t head too much wind or tyre noise in the V-Class, either, and its suspension does a decent job ironing out bumps without wallowing unpleasantly.

If you’re planning to do plenty of long journeys in your Mercedes V-Class, you’ll want to consider paying extra for the Driver Assistance pack with built-in blind-spot warning, lane-keeping assistance and adaptive cruise control.

Just bear in mind that this does bump up the price of the already quite expensive Mercedes V-Class. So, if this sounds like your ideal MPV, make sure you check out our Mercedes V-Class deals to see how much you can save on one.

What's it like inside?

The Mercedes V-Class is one of the poshest people carriers around and comes with a stylish interior, but some of its infotainment feels a bit dated.

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