Mercedes V-Class interior
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.
Unlike many large people carriers, the Mercedes V-Class doesn’t look and feel utilitarian inside. Instead, it comes with a pretty slick design and plenty of plush-feeling materials like those in Mercedes cars.
The dashboard, for example, has a soft, yielding finish and its sweeping design looks similar to that in the C-Class saloon. You get a set of near-identical air vents, too – albeit with a black instead of a brushed chrome finish – and a simple row of intuitive buttons that operate with a pleasing solidity.
The free-standing infotainment display isn’t anywhere near as slick as the integrated dual-screen units you can get in the likes of a conventional Mercedes car, but it looks far nicer than the small infotainment screen you can get in a Toyota Proace Verso.
The faux-leather seats feel very nearly as cosseting as the real thing and the contrasting stitching you get on higher-spec models is arrow-straight. The door bins come with nice felt-lined pockets to stop items rattling around on the move and you can get the Mercedes V-Class it with a suede-like roof lining looks and feels great.
It’s not without fault, though. There are a few very hard, scratchy plastics beside the centre console, around the rotary dial for the infotainment system and on the doors. That said, the Mercedes V-Class is still one of the plushest people carriers you can buy.
You probably won’t be spending a great deal of time in the Mercedes V-Class’ front seats, but it’s good to know that it comes with plenty of posh features you won’t find in other, less classy, MPVs.
As standard, the Mercedes V-Class comes with a 7-inch infotainment display. It isn’t integrated quite as neatly into the dashboard as the screens in some MPVs, but it’s reasonably bright and the graphics – while not crystal clear – are pretty easy to read on the move.
Rather than using a touchscreen, you navigate through the system’s menus using the rotary dial on the dashboard. This means you don’t need to take your eyes off the road for too long to select the right feature, but the awkward position of the bulky hand-rest won’t suit everyone.
Satellite navigation comes as standard, but it isn’t particularly easy to pan or zoom into the system’s maps using the rotary dial – a touchscreen is much more intuitive. Things get a little easier if you pay extra for an Exclusive model thanks to its larger 8.4-inch display, but you can’t mirror your phone’s navigation and music-streaming apps through the V-Class’ screen as you can in most other Mercedes models.
These high-spec cars do at least come with live traffic updates and a beefier Burmester stereo system, but this doesn’t sound anywhere near as good as the similar unit fitted to plenty of Mercedes SUVs.