“V” is for very long, very spacious, and very versatile! These qualities sum up the capabilities of Mercedes-Benz’s largest and roomiest MPV – the V-Class.
Building on the core features of the ubiquitous MPV, the latest V-Class, now in XXL format, is even better looking. Fresh from a facelift, the restyled and striking front end is more dynamic. The new bumper design with striking cooling air inlets and a new diamond structure in the radiator grille, which houses the centrally positioned Mercedes star, gives the V-Class a stronger visual appearance.
However, it is the cabin where the magic really happens. Space has never been so cleverly used as in this people carrier. With numerous seating and cargo-carrying configurations as well as sliding doors and split tailgate (separately opening rear windscreen), entry/egress and loading/unloading is efficient and safe. Aesthetically, the cabin makes a modern and elegant statement. The ergonomically designed, wide cockpit, trim element in twin-stripe look and air vents in a sportier turbine look complements the Nappa leather upholstery which looks as good as it is to touch.
Our Mercedes-Benz V300D AMG Line Extra Long is most certainly a mouthful, and it should be with its long list of features. Being an “Extra Long” variant, it measures 5.37 m in length and affords a 1410-litre boot capacity. However, at 1.9 m tall, it will fit almost any covered carpark.
Propelled by a 2-litre 4-cylinder turbodiesel engine, which is mated to the 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission, power and torque outputs are 239 hp and 500 Nm, respectively. Despite its size and heft, this MPV accelerates as fast as many fast hatchbacks with a 0 to 100 km/h timing of 7.8 seconds while top speed is 220 km/h.
As it is an AMG Line variant, AMG bodystyling, AMG sports pedals and AMG alloy wheels in 19-inch size and 7-twin-spoke design make the MPV unmistakably AMG any which way you look. In the department of safety, the new Active Brake Assist and Active Parking Assist with 360-degree camera. The former is simply one of the most intelligent systems ever – it will detect and give off visual and acoustic signals when there is a risk of frontal collision with a vehicle ahead. If the driver reacts, Active Brake Assist builds up braking pressure adequate to the situation. If there is no reaction, it actively supports evasion and braking manoeuvres. In urban traffic, Active Brake Assist can also react to stationary obstacles or pedestrians crossing.
Also included in our Mercedes-Benz V300D AMG Line Extra Long are the Driving Assistance Package (Blind Spot Assist, Distance Pilot DISTRONIC, Lane Keeping Assist and PRE-SAFE), Memory Package (for both front seats) and Burmester surround sound system with 15 speakers and a 640 W multi-channel amplifier.