Car tester Mathis Kurrat is driving a vehicle that's hard to overlook -- or to categorize: the Mercedes-Benz V class. From a distance, it looks like a transporter. But Daimler's transporter, the Vito, has little in common with this vehicle. So what kind of a car IS the V?
The car we're testing is the new top of the V-class line. It boasts a powerful 140 kilowatt engine -- and a lavishly-appointed interior.
The panorama sunroof gives the car a special feel -- and when it's open, it lets in plenty of fresh air.
The optional table is quite practical. It can be shifted around and folded out. You can also order rear-seat drink holders.
The seats can't be swiveled, like in in some competing models. But they can be clipped in to face forward or backward -- or for more space, they can be removed.
The Exclusive equipment package comes with a middle console. You don't really need it, but it DOES offer a useful 220-volt electric socket.
The manufacturer claims fuel consumption is just 6 liters of diesel per 100 kilometers, but we needed 3 more. With a car that weighs 2-point-5 tons and has a maximum weight of more than 3 tons, that's hardly surprising. Compared with other vehicles that have far less utility value, this is acceptable.