Mercedes-Benz V-Class Test. The Mercedes-Benz V-Class is clearly one of the best but also the most expensive MPVs on the market. Now the V-Class gets a facelift and so new engines, a revised interior and the new automatic transmission 9G-TRONIC. During my test drive in the Mercedes-Benz V-Class 300 d 4MATIC I’ve tested how luxurious the new V-Class really is and what else it has to offer.

Mercedes-Benz V-Class Test
Mercedes-Benz V-Class Test

Technical Details of our Test Car:
Car: V-Class 300 d 4MATIC
Trim Level: EXCLUSIVE, long
Colour: Hyacinthred
Engine: 2.0 l Four Cylinder in Line
Displacement: 1.950 cm³
Max. Power: 176 kW (239 PS)
Max. Torque: 500 Nm
V-Max: 214 km/h
Acceleration: 0-100 km/h: 8,6 s

The style and value appeal of the V-Class lead the way in the MPV segment. The V-Class designers in Stuttgart have applied a series of targeted measures to give the MPV a new look which follows the design idiom of the current Mercedes-Benz passenger cars. The new V-Class has a broader appearance and an even stronger visual presence thanks to its new front end. This comes courtesy of a new bumper design with striking cooling air inlets and a new diamond structure in the radiator grille. The Mercedes star is positioned centrally in the radiator grille and framed by two slats in silver. The personalisation concept with the attractive AVANTGARDE and EXCLUSIVE lines continue to exist, while the AMG Line will become visually more powerful: it features a new diamond radiator grille with chrome pins and thus delivers a sporty note.

Mercedes-Benz V-Class Test
Mercedes-Benz V-Class Test

New paint colours in graphite grey metallic and selenite grey metallic expand the spectrum of the well-received black/white tones. Equally new is the paint colour steel blue. With the new colour hyacinth red metallic, the new V-Class makes an especially emotive statement. At the same time, the four new light-alloy wheel designs ensure a powerful and avantgarde appearance. They include 5-twin-spoke 17-inch light-alloy wheels painted in black with a high-sheen finish as well as 18-inch light-alloy wheels in tremolite grey with a high-sheen finish and 5-twin-spoke design or in black with a high-sheen finish and 5-spoke design. At the upper end of the new wheels portfolio are black-painted 19-inch 10-spoke light-alloy wheels with a high-sheen finish.

In the interior, too, the designers have been busy, transposing the design philosophy of the current Mercedes-Benz passenger car models into the new V-Class. The interior of the new V-Class follows the trend of modernity and clarity. In line with the facelift, the V-Class presents itself with new air vents in a more sporty turbine look as well as new dials in the instrument cluster. Thanks to the reduced design, drivers can orientate themselves much more simply. The new upholstery and equipment colour tartufo nappa leather makes a modern and elegant statement. With Lugano leather and nappa leather, each available in black and silk beige, not to mention Santos black fabric, a total of six different upholsteries in light and dark colours is available. Modern and elegant can also be used to describe the new trim element in twin-stripe look which is used on the instrument panel and the side paneling. The trim elements in the piano lacquer, ebony wood, carbon fibre and brushed aluminium looks remain.

As part of the facelift, rear passengers can enjoy an especially comfortable space. The optionally available luxury seats for the first rear row are a real treat and, just like in the S-Class, they offer a fully reclining function, back massage and climatisation. A journey in the new V-Class, for example as a VIP shuttle, thus turns into a spa like treatment after a stressful flight or business meeting.

Mercedes-Benz V-Class Test
Mercedes-Benz V-Class Test

New engine, new transmission – powerful and efficient

In line with the facelift, the Mercedes-Benz V-Class is equipped with the four-cylinder OM 654 diesel engine in three output variants including:

  • The V 220 d with 120 kW (163 hp) and 380 Nm torque (combined fuel consumption 6.2-6.0 l/100 km, combined CO2 emissions 162-157 g/km)1 
  • The V 250 d with 140 kW (190 hp) and 440 Nm torque (combined fuel consumption 6.1-5.9 l/100 km, combined CO2 emissions 161-155 g/km)1
  • And – with new top output variant in its segment – the V 300 d with 176 kW (239 hp) and 500 Nm torque (combined fuel consumption 6.1-5.9 l/100 km, combined CO2emissions 161-155 g/km)1

In the acceleration phase, the V 300 d can briefly deliver an additional 30 Nm of torque (“overtorque”), adding to its 500 Nm of torque. The V 300 d accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in up to 7.9 seconds. It can reach a top speed of 220 km/h.

The new engine generation is even more efficient and clean and offers further improved noise and vibration characteristics. It is pleasantly quiet inside the vehicle and annoying vibrations have been reduced.

Among the innovative characteristics of the new engine generation are the combination of an aluminium housing and steel pistons, the stepped recess combustion process and NANOSLIDE® cylinder wall coating for reducing friction within the engine. The efficiency of these measures is obvious from e.g. the fuel saving of around 13 percent for the new V 250 d compared to its predecessor.2

Mercedes-Benz V-Class Test
Mercedes-Benz V-Class Test

The majority of components relevant to reducing emission are directly installed on the engine. The integrated technological approach comprising a new stepped recess combustion process, dynamic multiway exhaust gas recirculation and close-coupled exhaust gas aftertreatment facilitates low consumption with low emissions. Thanks to the near-engine, insulated position of the components, the exhaust-gas aftertreatment system enjoys low heat loss and advantageous working conditions. The measures include:

  • High and low-pressure exhaust gas recirculation including cooling
  • A diesel oxidation catalytic converter (DOC) reduces the carbon monoxide (CO) emissions and unburnt hydrocarbons (HC)
  • A particle filter with SCR catalytic converter functionality (sDPF)
  • An SCR catalytic converter (Selective Catalytic Reduction) for reducing nitrous oxides. Plus, ammonia is mixed into the exhaust gas upstream of the sDPF in the form of AdBlue®
  • An additional Selective Catalytic Reduction catalytic converter (SCR) with ammonia slip catalyst (ASC) in the exhaust gas duct

The facelift also sees the V-Class equipped with the 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission for the first time. The particularly comfortable and efficient converter automatic transmission replaces the 7G-TRONIC and is available as standard for the V 300 d (combined fuel consumption 6.1-5.9 l/100 km, combined CO2 emissions 161-155 g/km)1 and V 250 d (combined fuel consumption 6.1-5.9 l/100 km, combined CO2 emissions 161-155 g/km)1. It is optionally available for the V 220 d (combined fuel consumption 6.2-6.0 l/100 km, combined CO2 emissions 162-157 g/km)1. The driver can use the DYNAMIC SELECT switch to select the drive programs “Comfort” and “Sport” and thus influence the shifting behaviour. Alternatively, “M” mode allows the driver to shift manually using the DIRECT SELECT steering wheel gearshift paddles.

All engine variants of the new V-Class come as standard with rear-wheel drive, but 4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive is available as an option. In this way, the new V-Class can move agilely on various types of terrain. The vehicle height remains under the two-metre mark even when equipped with all-wheel drive. Thus the new V-Class does not lose any of its daily usability and can still fit in regular garages as well as multi-storey and underground car parks problem-free.

New V-Class, even safer

The features Crosswind Assist, which supports the driver in keeping the vehicle on track even in the case of heavy crosswinds, and ATTENTION ASSIST put the V-Class in a league of its own for safety standards in its segment five years ago. The facelift continues to build on this position.

In this respect, the new Active Brake Assist can recognize when there is a risk of collision with a vehicle ahead and gives an initial visual and acoustic signal. If the driver reacts, the Active Brake Assist builds up braking pressure adequate to the situation. If there is no reaction, the system actively supports evasion and braking maneuvers. In urban traffic, the Active Brake Assist can also react to stationary obstacles or pedestrians crossing.

Another new safety feature is the Highbeam Assist Plus. It supports the driver in the high beam mode through a continuous illumination of the lane. If there are vehicles in front of the V-Class or if there is oncoming traffic, the LEDs of the main-beam module are partially deactivated to create a U-shaped cut-out in the cone of light. The remaining areas of the roadway continue to be illuminated with the main-beam headlamps (partial main beam).

Mercedes-Benz V-Class 2019
Mercedes-Benz V-Class Test

Facelift also for Mercedes-Benz camper and leisure vans

Be it in terms of style or value appeal, performance and efficiency or safety, the Marco Polo family based on the V-Class benefits from the first facelift to the Mercedes-Benz MPV. The compact Marco Polo and Marco Polo HORIZON camper and leisure vans also feature the new front-end design, the new paint colours and light-alloy wheels, as well as the new air vents and upholsteries. They are joined by the new diesel engine with a new peak of 176 kW (239 hp) (combined fuel consumption 6.7-6.1 l/100 km, combined CO2 emissions 177-160 g/km)1 as well as Active Brake Assist and Highbeam Assist Plus.

The new Marco Polo and Marco Polo HORIZON with the 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission have been available to order since 1 March 2019 alongside the new V-Class. Prices in Germany start from 61,990.00 euros (including 19 percent VAT) for the Marco Polo and from 58,060.10 euros (including 19 percent VAT) for the Marco Polo HORIZON.

Mercedes-Benz V-Class Test
Mercedes-Benz V-Class Test

Expansion of the [email protected] strategy

In the MPV segment, Mercedes-Benz Vans will soon be taking the next step and will be the first premium manufacturer to offer a fully-electric model. Thus Mercedes-Benz Vans will consistently expand its comprehensive [email protected] strategy. With the eVito already available and the eSprinter due for market launch in the second half of 2019, the range of fully-electric vehicles will then be extended to include a model series for private use.

Mercedes-Benz Vans will provide an initial outlook on the electric future of its MPV at the Geneva International Motor Show with the near-series study „Concept EQV“, which will celebrate its premiere there.

1 The stated figures were determined in accordance with the prescribed measuring method. These are the “NEDC CO2 figures” according to Art. 2 No. 1 Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/1153. The fuel consumption figures were calculated based on these figures. Further information on the vehicles on offer, including the WLTP values, can be found for each country at www.mercedes-benz.com

2 Information refers to V 250 d (140 kW), rear-wheel drive, automatic, left-hand drive.

Mercedes-Benz V-Class Test