Mercedes-Benz Marco Polo (2017–)
Mercedes-Benz unveils the Marco Polo
The Marco Polo Activity is equipped as standard with a three-seater bench with one-piece backrest and bed extension. The bench can be slid forward on rails. In this way, the capacity of the luggage compartment can be more than doubled in an instant to accommodate surfboards, paragliding equipment or even a bicycle inside the vehicle.
Anyone who requires even more room can also use the surface of the bed and the floor underneath the bed as load space. Under the bed are two drawers that can be removed, allowing items to be loaded through the resulting space.
When spending the night in the vehicle, the bench seat easily converts into a comfortable bed measuring 1.93 metres by 1.35 metres for three people. An additional sleeping facility for two people is offered by the roof bed under the pop-up roof on board the new Marco Polo. Featuring a cold foam mattress and special spring elements with high point elasticity, this bed offers a standard of lying comfort that is exceptional in the segment.
When the luxury roof bed is not in use it can be folded upwards at the front when the roof is raised. This provides plenty of headroom in the vehicle interior. At the same time, the two side ventilation slits in the concertina direct even more fresh air into the interior. The two standard-fit vent windows in the rear provide for an added supply of pleasant fresh air.
They can be opened and closed electrically – a unique selling point for the Marco Polo Activity in the compact recreational vehicle segment. Curtains in the rear also come as standard. To allow the interior to be darkened completely, an opaque and washable curtain is available for the windscreen and the front side windows.
The Marco Polo Activity features a standard folding table with a scratch-resistant surface. In addition to an amply sized surface, the table also includes a bottle holder and two cup holders. More bottle holders, cup holders, stowage compartments as well as a total of five 12 volt power sockets are to be found on the sidewalls of the rear compartment, in the cockpit and in the luggage compartment. Ideal lighting is provided by a total of four reading lamps in the rear and two adjustable LED gooseneck lamps on the roof bed.
The Marco Polo Activity offers the option of an awning above the sliding door, which is also detachable – a first for this segment. This means there is no need to have it permanently attached and allows it to be removed before driving through an automatic car wash.
For the front-wheel drive, the new 1.6-litre four-cylinder unit with common-rail direct injection is available with 88PS or 114PS. The turbodiesel engine has economical fuel consumption of up to 44.1mpg. Even greater performance is provided by the 2.1-litre four-cylinder diesel engine with two-stage turbocharging in conjunction with rear-wheel drive.
This engine is available with an output of 136PS, 163PS or 190PS. With average NEDC consumption up to 48.7mpg and CO2 emissions of just 152 g/km, the 163PS Marco Polo Activity 220 CDI leads the way in its segment. The top-of-the-range Marco Polo Activity 250 BlueTEC has 190PS and 440Nm of torque on tap while achieving up to 47.0 mpg.
Mercedes-Benz confirms Marco Polo pricing
The Mercedes-Benz V-Class Marco Polo is available 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.
The Marco Polo is based on the V-Class, and can seat or sleep four people. It comes with a full range of equipment including a built-in kitchenette with a fridge and hob, plus a two-seater sofa which can easily be transformed into a bed (with under-bed storage). It also features a roof bed, accessed via an electrically raising roof; a wardrobe and a generous luggage compartment.
As standard, Sport models come with a two-seater sofa with bed extension; yacht wood flooring in rear compartment (available in a choice of two colours at no extra cost); camping table plus two chairs with storage bag; electrically operated pop-up roof; swivelling driver and passenger seats; automatic three- zone climate control; external connections for power and fresh water; tinted rear windows; 18-inch alloy wheels; ambient lighting; Garmin navigation system; leather upholstery; Active Parking Assist with rear-view camera; and split tail gate.
For an additional £2140, AMG Line models add AMG bodystyling; 19-inch AMG bi-colour wheels; sports suspension; carbon-look dash; AMG spoiler lip on tailgate; and metallic paint.
For £595, the Lane Tracking package includes Blind Spot Assist and Lane Keeping Assist. The Driving Assistance package is optionally available for £1,695 and includes Distronic Plus; Blind Spot Assist; Pre-Safe; and Lane Keeping Assist.
Stand alone options include metallic paint (£645); Comand Online infotainment system (£1795); 360° camera (£335); extra individual seat in the middle row (£1045); side awning (£695); and auxiliary heating (£1345 – available across the entire V-Class range).