2015 Mercedes VClass first drive review

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Mercedes-Benz V-Class

2015 Mercedes-Benz V-Class

The new Mercedes V-Class needs to be short of a miracle worker if to save Merc’s blushes the poor effort that was the Viano. Launched in 2004, the Viano MPV remains on sale the V-Class arrives in early but its dashboard hasn’t aged its four-cylinder engine is coarse, not powerful and the V6 produces too much while safety features are on the ground and the rear seats especially clever. We could go on, but a Car? rating of one star out of says it all.

Hence the slate, aka the V-Class. Except not entirely clean because of the underpinnings and the four-cylinder diesel are carried over from the The 2.1-litre unit has been to cut emissions and boost economy, is just as well as it’s the engine available, although are two power outputs to choose

Fortunately, first impressions are good indeed. The V-Class the latest family face, LED running lights incorporated the LED headlights and a bold two-louvred integrating a large badge. The are still rather slab-sided are electrically operated sliding on both sides) and the rear is by a large window that can be separately from the electrically bootlid.

What’s the 2015 Mercedes-Benz like inside?

One thing’s for there’s no trace of the old Viano Most eye-catching is the curvaceous new UK specs have yet to be finalised, but our Bluetec Avantgarde’s dash was trimmed with a high-quality across the dashboard and seats. likely to get a choice of piano and metallic finishes, rather the wood offered in mainland

It is a very classy interior, and standard details such as the instrument dials and centrally standard seven-inch infotainment help to make the V-Class’s one of the smartest we’ve seen in any

The new touch-pad controller — seen on the new Mercedes C-Class is very clever. If you have any of a touch-screen phone or laptop you’ll probably enjoy it, although the conventional rotary-controller also standard is still to use on the move.

Visibility from the seat is good, and there are and rear parking sensors four cameras that the V-Class driver a 360-degree of what’s going on around the

The heated and cooled captain’s are comfortable and supportive, with electric adjustment, while the armrests help to give a feel at the wheel.

As standard, UK will provide room for occupants, in a classic two-three-two although there will be a option (two-two-two), where the are arranged facing each creating a mobile lounge that could be used for on the move. The V-Class can also be set up to eight, with a pair of benches in the back; the base is a unit but the backs can be tilted

Whichever layout you go for, the are located in rails in the floor, and can be fore and aft to suit legroom or space. They don’t into the floor, like of many rivals, but can be removed although they’re heavy and This may be a deal-breaker if you like to your MPV into a van from to time.

Large families will the fact that the third row (in the seat layout) can accommodate two seats with room for a adult occupant. That’s because of the V-Class’s extra and width over the Viano; at the long-wheelbase V-Class is longer a big executive car, although has dropped the overall height by enough, it says, to fit into restricted-height car parks. There’s plenty of headroom, though.

As expect, Mercedes has equipped the with a reasonable amount of kit as standard, including Crosswind (which automatically increases the assistance) and Attention Assist warns when it senses the might be getting tired. extras include kit to help collisions, a speed limit Lane Keeping Assist and a spot warning.

It should be though, that the six airbags only the front occupants. have to pay extra for ‘bags for the passengers, which is exactly how it is on the Far from ideal, in other

We also tried the impressive Active Park Assist, uses the parking sensors to a suitable space before into it.

What’s the 2015 Mercedes-Benz like to drive?

Mercedes-Benz V-Class

We drove the long-wheelbase model, which with a seven-speed automatic (an option on the V220 CDI). says it has worked hard to engine refinement — claiming that this is the interior in the MPV segment’ — but not convinced.

Engine noise is too at a standstill, let alone when pressing on. In fact, it’s vocal when you’re down a slip road to a fast-moving motorway. A healthy ft of torque means you won’t to work the engine too hard for too though, and no vibrations make way into the cabin. The trouble is, noise does; you’ll it around the windscreen and the front at motorway speeds.

The automatic gearbox isn’t one of the fastest-changing we’ve tried, and can be outwitted at Gearchanges are generally slick, and there are steering wheel-mounted which allow the driver to control. Agility Select four modes that gearbox and engine settings to economy or performance.

Our car came with the exterior package, which brings a suspension set-up, and replaces the alloys with 19-inch They look good, but ruts and drain covers their way into the cabin in and though the ride does at speed, you can still hear the slapping over expansion The speed-sensitive power steering’s feedback doesn’t inspire either.

At least body is acceptable for such a large Sure, you have to expect lean in corners, but composure speed humps and motorway is good.

Should I buy one?

The interior is a triumph. If you need to up to eight passengers in luxury and on a regular basis, you’re an airport taxi driver and mind that the rear don’t fold away to up more space for luggage, is good enough in LWB form all seats in place.

However, an estimated starting price of to £40,000, the V-Class is expensive, is a criticism you can also level at its competitor, the Volkswagen Caravelle. The VW roughly the same in Executive but can’t match the Merc’s quality.

There’s no getting away the fact that too much and wind noise finds its way the V-Class’s cabin, which is at with the luxury on offer, and the quality suffers on large We expect the V-Class’s ride will improve on smaller and standard Comfort suspension; the Agility Control suspension be even better as it employs dampers. We’ll report when we drive more over the coming months.

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