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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

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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 uses a 2.0-litre diesel engine that's available in two power outputs. The lower-output 220 d model can achieve up to 39.2mpg according to official WLTP figures, while the 300 d version isn’t too far behind at 37.2mpg.

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Emissions figures are still being measured, but for the 300 d CO2 emissions will be around 195g/km. This means it will sit in one of the highest Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) tax bands, making it a pricy pick as a company car. The Ford Tourneo plug-in hybrid may be a better option if you’re looking for smaller overheads.

There’s also a separate fully-electric version of the V-Class called the EQV which uses a 90kWh battery pack to deliver up to 213 miles to a charge. 110kW charging means a 10-80% top-up should take around 45 minutes at a public charging station, while charging from 10-100% on a 11kW AC home charger will take 10 hours. Zero tailpipe emissions make this a better choice as a company car, thanks to its low Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) rating, but it’s very expensive to buy, starting from just over £87,000.

Costing well in excess of £40,000, every version of the V-Class incurs the £410 road tax surcharge on top of the standard rate, taking the total to £600 in the first five years of renewal.

Insurance groups

Insurance groups for the latest facelifted model are yet to be released, but the outgoing V-Class spanned groups 37 to 44 out of 50. Now that the range has been slimmed down to leave only the more expensive trims and a higher list price, we’d expect the lineup to sit towards the upper end of this scale.

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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Charlie writes and edits news, review and advice articles for Carbuyer, as well as publishing content to its social media platforms. He has also been a regular contributor to its sister titles Auto Express, DrivingElectric and evo. As well as being consumed by everything automotive, Charlie is a speaker of five languages and once lived in Chile, Siberia and the Czech Republic, returning to the UK to write about his life-long passion: cars.

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