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.