Updated Mercedes-Benz V-Class gets styling tweaks and more power

Luxury MPV gets modest update with features passed down from the Mercedes passenger car range

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Mercedes-Benz has upgraded its largest and most capacious passenger model – the V-Class MPV.

The van-based V-Class is the upmarket, luxurious cousin of the Vito, and now features Mercedes’ latest 2.0-litre diesel engines alongside styling and technology passed down from the brand’s passenger car range.

Replacing the previous model’s 2.1-litre diesel engine, the latest 2.0-litre unit will be available with a choice of two power outputs. The lesser-powered V 250 d will offer 190hp, while pricier V 300 d models make 240hp. Both are mated to a nine-speed automatic gearbox and rear-wheel drive. Maximum fuel economy depends on engine and bodystyle, but all variants should average well over 40mpg. CO2 emissions are between 154g/km and 164g/km.

Mercedes-Benz V-Class dashboard | The Van Expert

Mercedes has also said it will introduce a fully-electric MPV in future, possibly a development of the V-Class – though we’ll have to wait until its reveal at the Geneva motor show to know for sure. An all-electric eVito is already available, based on the V-Class’ cargo-carrying cousin.

The V-Class will still be offered in a choice of three different sizes – Standard, Long, and Extra Long, though all have the same number of seats. The extended length contributes to greater passenger and luggage space, however.

The new model has had a slight nip and tuck around the front end, bringing it more in line with the current Mercedes range. The V-Class has also had an interior makeover, with a new dashboard featuring a standard-fit ten-inch touchscreen display and A-Class-style air vents.

Standard equipment has also improved, with autonomous braking assistance and high-beam assist offered on all models.

The improvements to the V-Class will also be offered on the Marco Polo campervan, though this is unlikely to become available until later in the year.

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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.

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