Mercedes-Benz launched the V-Class in 2015 and since then, this MPV (Multi-Purpose Vehicle) has managed to exceed all sales targets. Then in 2019 it had a little refresher to keep it as striking as ever. The model range consisted of the V200d, the V220d and the V250d. But now, Mercedes-Ben has introduced its most powerful people mover yet in the form of the V300d. And I got to spend the weekend in it.
I am not sure if there is a better vehicle out there for a road trip with one’s in-laws. We were heading to Prince Albert in the Great Karoo and I wanted to ensure that not only were they comfortable, but that we didn’t feel like we were all sitting on top of each other. Enter the V300d. It arrived in a lounge set up, which means that the second row seats (two separate chairs) were facing backwards. One can pop a table up and you’ll feel as if you’re sitting in a conference room of sorts. It’s all rather luxurious and business class. This is the thing with the V-Class. It can just easily be a luxury shuttle for a hotel, a celebrity ride, or a family road trip vehicle. It is super practical. So much so that we were able to fit all our bags and paraphernalia for the weekend in to the boot.
WHAT MAKES IT STAND OUT?
The V300d is offered in three trim levels; Avantgarde, Avantgarde AMG Line, and Exclusive – which is the model I had on test. It has all the bells and whistles including a sliding panoramic sunroof, which my father-in-law found most entertaining, a surround-view camera, and adaptive cruise control, which I can assure you comes in very handy on those long stretches of nothingness in the Karoo. There is also front and rear climate control which means all passengers are comfortable, even if you want different temperatures.
Powering the V300d is a 2.0-litre turbodiesel engine that produces 176 kW and 500 Nm. It is mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission and this is where this model really stands out. It is super refined and overtaking, even on an incline, is a doddle. Look, it is a cumbersome car. It can feel a bit top heavy and so you need to have your wits about you when going in to a tight corner at speed. But other than that, it is a very smooth and comfortable ride.
WHAT DOES THE V300d COST?
With no optional extras added, the V300d Exclusive comes in at R1.8 million. It is not cheap by any means, but you are paying for the ultimate in MPV luxury. I am not sure it is worth this, as I think you will be just as happy in any of the other models in the range that go for around the million Rand mark. This goes for something like the Volkswagen T6.1 Caravelle as well. As much as the V300d is impressive, it isn’t your option to consider in this segment.