Raise the roof with dreams of sum­mer on the open road

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - MOTORING NEWS - STEVE TEALE

IF HOT sum­mer days still seem a long way off, maybe a lux­u­ri­ous camper van will get you in the hol­i­day mood?

This is a new model based on the Mercedes-Benz V-Class and costs from £53,180.

It sleeps four and comes with a built-in kitch­enette with fridge and hob, a twoseater sofa which con­verts into a bed and ex­tra sleep­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion in the roof.

It is avail­able to or­der now and first de­liv­er­ies are ex­pected in the Spring.

The ve­hi­cle – the MercedesBenz V-Class Marco Polo camper van – costs from £53,180 for the en­try-level V 220 d Sport. The V 220 d AMG Line is £55,320, the V 250 d Sport £55,055 and the V 250 d AMG Line is £57,195.

Marco Polo is based on the pop­u­lar V-Class, and can seat

FREE RANGE: or sleep four peo­ple. The roof bed is ac­cessed via a pow­ered rais­ing roof, and it also has a wardrobe and a gen­er­ous lug­gage com­part­ment.

Two en­gines are avail­able: 220 d and 250 d, both us­ing a tur­bocharged 2.1-litre diesel en­gine. The 220 d has an out­put of 163bhp and max­i­mum torque of 380 Nm, with fuel econ­omy of 44.8mpg on the com­bined cy­cle and CO2 emis­sions of 166 g/km.

The 250 d gen­er­ates 190bhp and 440 Nm of torque, can achieve 44.8mpg and emits 169g/km of CO2. A 7G-TRONIC PLUS au­to­matic trans­mis­sion is stan­dard across the range.

Sport mod­els come with a two-seater sofa with bed ex­ten­sion; yacht wood floor­ing in rear com­part­ment avail­able in a choice of two colours; camp­ing ta­ble plus two chairs with stor­age bag; popup roof; swiv­el­ling driver and pas­sen­ger seats; au­to­matic three-zone cli­mate con­trol; con­nec­tions for power and fresh wa­ter; tinted rear win­dows; 18-inch al­loy wheels; am­bi­ent light­ing; nav­i­ga­tion sys­tem; leather up­hol­stery; Ac­tive Park­ing As­sist with rear-view cam­era; and a split tail­gate.

Stand-alone op­tions in­clude metal­lic paint (£645); Co­mand On­line in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem (£1,795); 360 de­gree cam­era (£335); ex­tra in­di­vid­ual seat in the mid­dle row (£1,045); side awning (£695); and aux­il­iary heat­ing (£1,345).

There is room for four peo­ple in­side the MercedesBenz V-Class Marco Polo cam­per van, with its pow­ered rais­ing roof.

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