Mercedes-Benz have reworked the V-Class into a trendy, new model – named the V250. Formerly known as the Viano, the seven-seater has now been brought up to date. Big Motoring World reviews the latest update.
The new V-Class maintains the traditions and expectations of the usual V-Class, but this one contains the very latest Mercedes materials, technology and infotainment. The exterior styling has also been updated to integrate the firm's two-blade grille and three-pointed star.
Although the 2.1-litre diesel engine in the V250 has been carried over from the previous model, it has been revised for this year. It emits 166g/km of Co2 and manages 44.8mpg combined, which is better than all of its rivals.
Mercedes take a huge emphasis on comfort, style and luxury. The interior of the V250 is no different, with slick, full leather and the latest infotainment dash board included as standard. The visibility is top-of-the-range, with a high seating position offering very good forward visibility. Parking sensors and rear-view camera make light work of tight parking situations and make the whole car feel easy to drive.
Performance and handling
The V-Class's four-cylinder diesel is impressively refined, staying both quiet and largely vibration-free when pushed. That said, it rarely needs to be stretched, such is its low-down pull. It manages to get to 62mph from a standing start in just over 9 seconds.
Handling and drive
The steering is consistently weighted and precise, making you feel as though you’re gliding on the road. The seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox works well too, slipping between gears without fuss and rarely getting over-excited and dropping too many gears when a short burst of acceleration is required.