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Mercedes V-Class MPV - MPG, running costs & CO2

Very expensive to buy, but the Mercedes V-Class MPV is fairly cheap to run

Carbuyer Rating

3.8 out of 5

MPG, running costs & CO2 Rating

3.0 out of 5

Despite the Mercedes V-Class’ size, it's actually quite a cheap MPV to run day–to-day. It’s just a shame that its luxury status and specification means it’s far from the cheapest seven or eight seater to buy.

Mercedes V-Class MPG & CO2

The facelifted Mercedes V-Class gets a new 2.0-litre diesel engine that's said to be 17% lighter and up to 13% more economical than the outgoing 2.1-litre. So far, figures have only been released for the range-topping V 300 d, which averages up to 47.9mpg on the WLTP test regime and emits as little as 154g/km. This CO2 figure results in one of the highest Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) tax bands for business users. 

It's an encouraging fuel-efficiency figure, which beats even the lower-powered versions of the outgoing V-Class. The entry-level V 220 d should be even more economical.

In a radical new move, Mercedes is also set to launch a fully electric version of the V-Class, called the EQV in 2020. Previewed by the Mercedes Concept EQV at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, it has a 100kWh battery pack giving a 251-mile range. Fast charging should also allow 60 miles of extra range to be added when plugged in for just 15 minutes.

Costing well in excess of £40,000, every version of the V-Class incurs the £325 road tax surcharge on top of the standard £150 rate, taking the total to £475 in the first five years of renewal.

Insurance groups

The V-Class 220 d Sport sits in insurance group 36 out of 50, rising by a couple of groups in AMG Line trim. Meanwhile, the V 300 d Exclusive sits in group 46, so it may be more expensive to insure than you'd expect.

Warranty

Like every other Mercedes, the V-Class is covered by a three-year unlimited mileage warranty and up to 12 years' cover against rust holes. Buyers also receive Mercedes-Benz Roadside Assistance, which provides Europe-wide cover for up to 30 years.

Servicing

The Mercedes V-Class is fitted with Mercedes’ Active Service System (ASSYST), which monitors how you drive and recommends when parts should be replaced. That means drivers should get more out of consumable components for longer, rather than some perfectly good parts being changed based on an arbitrary date. Despite this, the V-Class will need to have a basic service every 15,500 miles, or every 12 months, whichever is sooner.

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