Mercedes-Benz V-Class (2015–)

What's good

Very easy to drive, thanks to the comfortable driver's seat and standard-fit automatic transmission.

Plenty of load area configurations.

Very good level of standard equipment, including navigation and leather upholstery.

5-Star Euro NCAP Safety Rating under 2014 system: 93% adult occupant protection; 87% child occupant protection; 67% pedestrian protection; 85% safety assist.

What's bad

13-08-2018: Recall Front seat wire fixing can loosen It has been determined that on V-Class and models with rotating front seats (SA codes SB5/SB6) the front seats can loosen the wire fixings under the seats when being rotated. Should the wiring harness be damaged in the worst-case scenario, this could lead to deactivation of the thorax bag or to unintentional triggering of the thorax bag in the case of a short circuit caused in the process. A disarmed thorax bag is indicated via the SRS indicator lamp.

Expensive to buy new.

Engines can become coarse when pushed hard.

Tricky to adjust and rearrange the rear seats.

23-7-2017: MB issued a voluntary recall to apply software upgrades to diesel engines in a bid to cut nitrogen oxide emissions on three million vehicles. All Euro 5 and Euro 6 standard diesel engines registered in Europe between January 2011 and September 2015 are affected. (Only the new two-litre turbodiesel fitted to the latest E-Class saloon and a new V6 turbodiesel in the soon-to-be released S-Class are exempt.) A Mercedes-Benz spokesman said that the “software upgrade” would be carried out by dealerships when customers visited for a service or other maintenance work and would take around an hour to complete. MB “did not expect” the upgrade to have any effect on the performance of Mercedes-Benz vehicles. Many Mercedes-Benz diesel vehicles have already had the update applied after work to apply the changes to compact vehicles and the V-Class MPV got underway in March. It was reported in The Times in July that while Daimler, which manufactures Mercedes-Benz, had not been found to use the same type of software for cheating emissions tests discovered in Volkswagen vehicles in 2015, it is the subject of an investigation by the German authorities into the possible manipulation of exhaust controls in cars with diesel engines.

09-10-2017: Report of excessive tyre wear on V-Class Sport

What does a Mercedes-Benz V-Class (2015) cost?