Premier Magazine (South AFrica) - - Motoring - Im­age © Ryan Ab­bott

The cav­ernous, lux­u­ri­ous V-class from Mercedes-benz has re­cently been up­dated with a more con­tem­po­rary design and more ad­vanced fea­tures. While un­mis­tak­ably a large trans­porter, it hides its bus-like lines well thanks to its ex­pres­sive front with ta­pered hood and mod­ern head­light design. The sig­na­ture grille is con­nected to the rear by ris­ing lines, to form a har­mo­nious whole. Two equip­ment lines with dif­fer­ent seat­ing con­fig­u­ra­tions are of­fered, and power comes from a host of proven four-cylin­der diesel engines de­vel­op­ing 100 kw (in the en­trylevel V200), 120 kw (in the V220 Stan­dard or Avant­garde), and the 140 kw/440 Nm in the range-top­ping V250 Bluetec Avant­garde model. First-class ma­te­ri­als and Lugano leather seats add a hap­tic el­e­ment to the top model, and its four in­di­vid­ual rear seats can be ar­ranged face to face or aligned for­ward, while a nifty fold-out ta­ble can con­vert it into a con­fer­ence space. Two elec­tric slid­ing doors give ac­cess, and the Easy-pack rear door opens and closes with the press of a but­ton. An ex­cel­lent air-con sys­tem (with sep­a­rate con­trols for the rear pas­sen­gers) and su­perb Burmester sur­round sound sys­tem en­hances in­te­rior com­fort and the Agility Con­trol sus­pen­sion pro­vides for a well-damp­ened ride. A Blue­ef­fi­ciency pack­age (that recharges the bat­tery dur­ing brak­ing, plus aero­dy­namic un­der­body cladding) en­sures out­stand­ing con­sump­tion fig­ures.

Price: From R848,294 (V200d) to R1,200,211 for the V250d Avant­garde.

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