Mercedes-Benz Marco Polo camper van 01

Mercedes-Benz has announced UK pricing and specification for its new Marco Polo camper van, based on the long wheelbase version of the new V-Class people carrier range.

Starting at just over £53,000, the Marco Polo can carry four people in a seated or sleeping configuration. A two-seat bench (optimistically described as a ‘sofa’) carries passengers when travelling and folds into a bed for sleeping, complete with under-bed storage, while a separate roof bed is accessed via an electrically-raised roof.

The Marco Polo is fitted out with a comprehensive range of equipment, including a built-in kitchenette with a fridge and hob, a wardrobe, generous luggage compartment, camping table with two chairs and storage bags, three-zone climate control, Garmin navigation system, rear-view camera, and front and rear parking sensors. Wood flooring in the main compartment is available in a choice of two colours. External connectors for power and fresh water are built in.

Two versions of the familiar Mercedes-Benz 2.1-litre diesel engine will be offered; the V 22 d model producing 163hp and 380Nm, and the V 250 d model producing 190hp and 440Nm. A seven-speed automatic transmission is standard with both engines, and Mercedes-Benz claims 44.8 mpg for both models on the official combined cycle test.

Two trim levels will be offered in the UK; Sport and AMG Line, mirroring most of the current Mercedes-Benz passenger car range.

The Sport models are kitted out with 18-inch alloy wheels, while the AMG Line versions (add £2,140) get 19-inch bi-colour wheels, different bumpers, tailgate spoiler and standard metallic paint (£645 on the Sport).

The starting price for the Marco Polo V 220 d Sport is £53,180 on-road, and the V 250 d Sport is £55,055 on-road. The V 220 d AMG Line starts at £55,320 on-road while the V 250 d AMG Line is £57,195 on-road. The Marco Polo range is available to order now, with first UK deliveries expected to start in Spring 2017.

Stuart Masson

Stuart is the Editorial Director of The Van Expert, which came about after the success of sister site The Car Expert. Originally from Australia, Stuart has had a passion for cars and the automotive industry for over thirty years. He spent a decade in automotive retail, and now works tirelessly to help vehicle buyers by providing independent and impartial advice.