Is the Mercedes V-Class the King of Luxury People Carriers?

With its commanding road presence and plush interiors, the V300d Exclusive Spec offers an unforgettable driving experience that combines safety, comfort, and luxury

By By Edward Moleke Makwana

 Encountering a Mercedes-Benz V-Class on the road can evoke various associations. For some, it’s a symbol of opulence and utility, while for others, it’s intertwined with politics and the realm of tender-dudes. Nevertheless, it appears to be the Mercedes-Benz V-Class’s time to shine, despite fierce competition from contenders like the Hyundai Staria, Kia Carnival, Volkswagen Caravelle and Coast, as well as the Ford Tourneo Custom. Even Lexus is gearing up to enter the luxury MPV segment with the launch of the LM in certain countries.

I recently had the pleasure of test-driving the Mercedes-Benz V-Class V300d Exclusive Spec on behalf of Your Luxury Africa (courtesy of Mercedes-Benz Vans South Africa), and I’m delighted to share my experience.

Spending a week with the V300d Exclusive Spec reaffirmed the V-Class’ reputation for commanding presence on the road, coupled with safety, comfort, spaciousness, and luxury. It’s no surprise that it’s currently the best-selling derivative. While I did notice minor rattles driving on older urban roads, the V-Class offered an exceptionally comfortable ride on smoother highways, overshadowing any such nuisances. Specified with the Brilliant Silver metallic paint, the V300d Exclusive boasts a 4-cylinder diesel engine delivering 174 kW of power and 500 Nm of torque, ensuring delightful journeys with exemplary efficiency. My fuel consumption averaged 9.5 litres per 100kms, slightly above the manufacturer’s claimed figure.

Although a few optional specifications inflated the price beyond R2 million, several features stood out as favourites. The panoramic sunroof, large centre console with a refrigerated compartment able to store two 500ml water bottles, and thermal cup holders (just in time for winter) were personal highlights. My children particularly enjoyed the folding tables, lending a business class feel to their travels, perhaps also a convenient platform for those comrades crafting rally speeches with voting season upon us.

While the navigation system felt somewhat outdated compared to newer Mercedes-Benz models, and the traditional key start showed signs of antiquity, an updated V-Class is on the horizon, promising significant improvements. Additionally, the introduction of the electrified Mercedes EQV adds another layer of intrigue to the lineup. Expect the updated V-Class range in South Africa in the next 12 months. With three diesel variants (V220d, V250d and V300d) and a warranty of five years or 100 000kms, the V-Class continues to evolve since its debut as the Vito in 1996, ensuring its relevance in the luxury MPV segment.

In conclusion, the Mercedes-Benz V-Class presents a compelling case for the throne of luxurious people carriers, seamlessly blending opulence with utility. As Mercedes-Benz Vans South Africa prepares to unveil updated models, it’s clear that the V-Class’s reign is far from over. Here’s to the power of choice, as customers continue to opt for the V-Class. Mercedes-Benz Vans South Africa can confidently chant “Amandla Awethu” – Power to the people!

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