Added 25th November, 2019
By Jonathan Crouch
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. 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.
Volkswagen's Caravelle is the obvious alternative but, in the form of this Mercedes, it a very credible competitor in this segment. Yes, you pay more money for this V-Class but you also get a lot more in return - a classier look, a much nicer cabin and a far more sophisticated driving experience. In a Caravelle - even a very nice one - you never really forget that you're in a converted van. Here, in contrast, the ambience is far more that of a luxury limousine. Despite that, with its rare combination of spacious seating and generous luggage capacity, this Mercedes is a paragon of practicality, beautifully bridging the gap between MPV and minibus. 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.