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MERCEDES-BENZ V CLASS DIESEL ESTATE

V220 d AMG Line 5dr 9G-Tronic [Extra Long]

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Key Info

Optional Extras

Technical Data

Review

Key Features

Transmission Type
Transmission TypeAutomatic
Fuel Type
Fuel TypeDiesel
Emissions
Emissions198.00g/km
Top Speed
Top Speed121mph

Driver Convenience

  • Active parking assist
  • Attention assist
  • Brake wear warning display
  • DYNAMIC SELECT with a choice of driving modes (ECO, Comfort, Sport and Individual)
  • Easy-pack tailgate - Powered opening/closing automatically
  • ECO start/stop function
  • Instrument cluster with 5.5 inch colour display trip computer
  • MBUX multimedia nav with 10.25" touchscreen, Hey Mercedes intelligent voice control, 2 USB-C ports and mobile connectivity for up to 15 devices
  • MBUX personalised vehicle profiles
  • Mercedes me connect including emergency call system, accident recovery, breakdown management and maintenance
  • Outside temperature display
  • Service indicator (ASSYST)
  • Side wind assist system
  • Speed sensitive steering
  • Status display for rear seat belts in instrument cluster

Entertainment

  • DAB Digital radio
  • Integrated radio aerial
  • iPod/iPhone + Bluetooth interface with handsfree function
  • Two USB ports and one SD Card slot in centre console

Exterior Features

  • Adaptive brake lights
  • AMG bodystyling front apron and rear spoiler
  • AMG bodystyling rear apron and chrome load sill
  • AMG bodystyling side skirts
  • Anodised roof rails
  • Automated headlamp assist
  • Black tinted rear windows
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Body colour door mirrors
  • Chrome pins diamond radiator grille with integrated stars
  • Electric folding door mirrors + auto dimming rear view + drivers exterior door mirror
  • Electric front windows, one touch / obstruction sensor
  • Electric sliding door in both side
  • Electric ventilation windows in passenger compartment
  • Heated windscreen washers
  • Illuminated front door sill panels with Mercedes-Benz lettering
  • LED intelligent light system including integral LED daytime running lamps
  • LED tail lamps/brake lamps and indicators
  • Metallic paint
  • Privacy glass
  • Rain sensing windscreen wipers
  • Split tailgate in opening rear window with chrome handle

Interior Features

  • 12V socket in boot/load compartment and rear passenger compartment
  • 3 colours ambient lighting
  • 3 spoke nappa leather steering wheel
  • Adjustable front seat head restraints
  • AMG brushed stainless steel sports pedals with rubber studs
  • ARTICO leather upper dashboard with contrast stitching
  • Carpet floor covering in passenger compartment
  • Comfort driver and front passenger seats including armrest
  • Driver + front passenger lumbar support
  • Electric air heater system - 1.2 kW output
  • Extended seat rails
  • Footwell lighting with reading light and illuminated handle in rear compartment
  • Height/reach adjustable steering column
  • Lockable glove compartment
  • Luxury centre console with retractable cover + two cup holder + 12V socket + multimedia box
  • Multifunction steering wheel with audio controls and onboard settings
  • Nappa leather upholstery
  • Rear head restraints
  • Seat occupancy sensor for front passenger seat
  • Stowage nets behind individual seats
  • Sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Thermatic 3 zone automatic climate control
  • Three stage heated front seats

Packs

  • Anti theft protection pack - V Class

Safety

  • 3 point seatbelts on all seats
  • Active brake assist
  • Adaptive Brake System with HOLD function and brake drying in the wet
  • Airbags - sidebag for driver and front passenger with combined thorax/pelvis bag
  • Airbags - windowbag for driver and front passenger
  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • Child proof door locks
  • Electric parking brake
  • Electronic Stability Programme
  • Hill start assist
  • Perforated front brake discs and brake calipers with Mercedes-Benz lettering
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit

Security

  • Central locking with interior switch
  • Chrome surround electric key

Technical

  • 25 litres large AdBlue tank
  • 70 litre fuel tank
  • Agility control comfort suspension
  • Diesel particulate filter

Trim

  • Carbon trim
  • Chrome air vent surrounds

Wheels

  • 19" AMG 7 twin spoke alloy wheels
  • Space saver spare wheel with jack

Driver Convenience

Entertainment

Interior Features

Packs

Paintwork

Trim

Emissions - ICE

  • CO2 (g/km)
    162
  • HC
    Not Available
  • Noise Level dB(A)
    70
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb
    198

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Yes
  • CC
    1950
  • Compression Ratio
    15.5:1
  • Cylinder Layout
    IN-LINE
  • Cylinders
    4
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm)
    82
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
    92.3
  • Engine Layout
    NORTH SOUTH
  • Fuel Delivery
    COMMON RAIL
  • Gears
    9 SPEED
  • Number of Valves
    16
  • Transmission
    SEMI-AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    No
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb
    7.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High
    7.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High
    6.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low
    9.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium
    7.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb
    37.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High
    37.2
  • WLTP - MPG - High
    42.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Low
    29.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium
    37.2

General

  • AdBlue
    Yes
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    No
  • Badge Engine CC
    2.0
  • Badge Power
    163
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    d
  • Coin Series
    AMG Line[Extra Long]
  • Generation Mark
    3
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    38E
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
    30
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
    3
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    93
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    87
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    5
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    67
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    85
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Service Interval Mileage
    15500
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
    Unlimited
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
    3
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs)
    11.2
  • Engine Power - BHP
    163
  • Engine Power - KW
    120
  • Engine Power - RPM
    4200
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    280
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    38.7
  • Engine Torque - NM
    380
  • Engine Torque - RPM
    1200
  • Top Speed
    121

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level
    RDE 2

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    Yes
  • Tyre Size Front
    245/45 R19
  • Tyre Size Rear
    245/45 R19
  • Tyre Size Spare
    SPACE SAVER
  • Wheel Style
    7 TWIN SPOKE
  • Wheel Type
    19" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    1908
  • Length
    5370
  • Wheelbase
    3430
  • Width
    1928
  • Width (including mirrors)
    2249

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    70
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    3100
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    6600
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    1410
  • Max. Loading Weight
    923
  • Max. Roof Load
    150
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    2000
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    750
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    2177
  • No. of Seats
    8
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    12.5

The V-Class offers Mercedes quality to the super-MPV segment. Jonathan Crouch drives the revised V220d variant.

Background

There aren't many alternatives open to you if a really sizeable People Carrier is needed that can take seven or eight people plus all their luggage. And if that MPV must make a really sizeable statement of quality, the options reduce to just one: this Mercedes V-Class. Here, we've got a revised version of the successful 'W447'-series model. This modern generation V-Class gets big engineering changes. These include the all-new 'OM 654'-series 2.0-litre diesel engine that both the mainstream variants use and a fresh 9G-TRONIC PLUS 9-speed auto gearbox, plus 'Active brake assist' autonomous braking is now standard. But is it all enough to allow the V-Class to at last fully justify its premium pricing? Time to find out.

Driving Experience

Of all the super-large MPVs on the market, this is the one that disguises its van-based underpinnings the best. Especially in this revised form, thanks to its diesel engine and transmission transplant. That's seen the introduction of the brand's more refined and efficient 'OM 654'-series 2.0-litre diesel engine, available in two states of tune for V-Class buyers. Here, we're trying the 163hp V220d variant that most will probably choose, but there's also an alternative 239hp V300d derivative that might appeal if you'll regularly be carrying heavy loads. Both powerplants now use a smooth 9G-TRONIC PLUS 9-speed auto gearbox. Mercedes has tried hard to optimise the ride and handling package that its biggest People Carrier can offer. Hence the standard 'Agility Select' system that allows you to tweak throttle response, gearchange timings and feedback from the 'Direct Steer' speed-sensitive steering to suit the way you want your V-Class to respond. Plus there's 'Agility Control' adaptive suspension, a set-up able to tweak the damping to suit road conditions. Ultimately, all these efforts aren't really enough to make the dynamic experience on offer here in any way rewarding, but the overall compromise is decently impressive by the moderate standards of the super-sized MPV class.

Design and Build

This, apparently, is the 'the Mercedes amongst MPVs'. It certainly looks quite a bit grander than anything else on offer in this segment. As with other Mercedes cars, the front end treatment now differs according to whether you've paid the extra for plusher 'AMG Line' trim or not, but all variants get a subtle re-design for the grille, the bumper and the lower air intakes. Space, Mercedes tells V-Class customers, is the true definition of luxury and on that basis, this MPV must be very luxurious indeed, given its enormous square dimensions. Up front, you're treated to an agreeably high and commanding driving position. Look around and you'll be pleased to note that there's nothing particularly LCV-like about the opulently finished cabin, enhanced on this revised model by small changes to the design of the air vents and the instrument cluster dials. A pity though, that mainstream diesel versions have to continue with the brand's old-generation media tech. Standard electric sliding doors aid entry to the rear. The way that the back of this car is specified depends of course on the seating configuration you've chosen and how you choose to position the provided chairs within it using the provided floor rails. With a 7-seat model configuration, you get two middle seats separated by a fold-out table, along with three individual seats at the very back. We tested a 8-seat cabin that gives you two rows of three-abreast rear seating.

Market and Model

There's no doubt that this is the premium choice when it comes to the market's largest segment of People Carrying MPV, with V-Class pricing sitting in the £52,000 to £60,000 bracket - which is a quite a bit more than Mercedes was asking when we tested the original version of this 'W447'-series model back in 2015. Think in terms of an increase of around £10,000, which seems to be a bit more than inflationary. Most buyers will be selecting between 'Sport' or 'AMG Line' trim packages spread across the three body shapes available. There's 'Standard length', which is 4,895mm in length and seats seven; then there's the 'Long' model we have here, which is 5,140mm in length and seats eight; and finally there's the 'Extra Long' version that's 5,370mm long and also seats eight. Given that a 'Standard length' model doesn't really give you much more room than you'd get in a more conventional Galaxy or Sharan-class large MPV, we think you ideally want to stretch at least as far as the 'Long' version, which cost £3,245 more than 'Standard'. You'd expect the biggest 'Extra Long' version to cost more still, but actually, because of a different spec package, the premium over the 'Standard' version for one of those falls a little to £1,935.

Cost of Ownership

For a vehicle of this V-Class's considerable size and weight, the fuel and CO2 returns on offer from the new-era 'OM654'-series 2.0-litre four cylinder diesel engine aren't at all bad, representing a 13% improvement on the readings delivered by the previous 'OM651'-series 2.1-litre powerplant. In this base V220d, expect a WLTP-rated combined cycle fuel return of 47mpg (meaning a decent range from the 70-litre fuel tank), together with 155g/km of NEDC-rated CO2, regardless of your choice of body length. For the alternative V300d variant, the respective figures are virtually the same - 47.8mpg and 155g/km. To give you some perspective, that's an improvement of around 30% over the figures you'd get from a rival Volkswagen Caravelle. And, as you'd expect, this Euro 6d-TEMP 'OM654'-series unit meets the stringent 'RDE' '('Real Driving Emissions') standard. A lot of work's been put into the new engine to achieve these kinds of returns. For a start, it's 17% lighter than the outgoing unit, plus the cylinder spacing's shorter and internal friction has been reduced by 25%. Technophobes may also want to know that there's a new stepped recessed combustion process, dynamic multi-way exhaust gas recirculation and a close-coupled exhaust gas after-treatment system.

Summary

This V-Class may occupy something of a forgotten backwater in the Mercedes product range but it's still a model that makes a lot of sense, especially in this V220d guise. In fact, assuming that you can't face budget-brand transport and don't want something that's very obviously a minibus, we'd argue that there aren't too many options to V-Class motoring if you need to transport up to eight people in the kind of style to which they'd doubtless quickly like to become accustomed. What it all boils down to is that if you want a car, buy a car. If though, you need a People Carrier, buy one that can really do the business. The V-Class is part of a small but very select breed of models answering that calling.

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