Mercedes V-class Review1996 - 2003

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Mercedes V Class Review

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A used V-Class is the only option for anybody wishing to carry seven people and their luggage for a reasonable sum. As such, it is perhaps churlish to highlight its shortcomings, operating as it does in a market sector of one, but before purchasing, ask yourself whether all that space is really needed. If not, a used Renault Grand Espace is a far classier act in all but badge.If you really do need the utility that the V-Class offers, the V230 is probably the best model to plump for, representing an economical entry point to the Mercedes brand, whilst offering acceptable fuel economy and performance. Even with the three-pointed star staring back from the steering wheel, don't expect to feel like a captain of industry. Just remember what the V in V-Class stands for.


The launch party of the Mercedes V-Class highlighted the difference in perception between UK and European buyers of Mercedes' big MPV. UK journalists had joked about it being a glorified Mercedes Vito van, and the Mercedes UK press officers were fixing anybody who mentioned 'the V word' with hard stares. When the presentation began, up stepped Mercedes Head of European Van Sales. Surely a mistake had been made? They had not only said the V word, but he had it pinned to his chest on a badge. It turns out that only the British are at all sniffy about the V-Class' humble origins. The rest of Europe have learned to deal with this aspect of its past, but like the black sheep of the family, the V-Class has never squared with Mercedes image of slick product development.Perhaps this sells the V-Class short. Rather than compare it with smaller rivals, maybe Mercedes' assertion that it exists in a class of its own is correct. Whichever way this issue is examined, it's true to say that a used V-Class is a great way to buy into the brand, and represents the only way to seat seven passengers behind a three pointed star short of purchasing a bus.
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