If you old enough to remember the origins of the Mercedes-Benz Viano you’ll understand the all-important 3.0V6 CDI model. Back in the day, 150kW was more than plenty for a van. It made the V6 excellent candidate for the “get out of my way” double flash in the right lane with 440Nm and more mid-range punch than a decently trained boxer. Fast forward to the present day, the V300d aims to return this feeling to the many families and through no fault of its own, tender-entrepreneurs that eat the backwards-facing seats and a mobile business class lounge travel up.
The key change to the V300d is the replacement of the powerplant, with the brilliant but aged 2.1litre Turbodiesel being swapped out for the more modern 2.0Litre Turbodiesel from the E-Class. Offering 176Kw and 500Nm the 2.1Ton van will accelerate from 0-100 in 8.5 seconds and top out at 215Km/h. These are numbers that would scare any Kia Picanto out of the right lane in a hurry.
With seating for 8 in standard guise, the v300d comes standard with LED intelligent lighting, 19-inch alloy wheels two-zone (front and rear ) Climatronic climate control, satellite navigation, Parktronic Park Distance Control, and multi-function steering wheel. The Exclusive model gains additional creature comforts such as Distronic adaptive cruise control, 360-degree camera and a full length sliding Panoramic sunroof.
Mercedes-Benz V Class in South Africa
The V Class range consists of the Avantgarde, Avantgarde AMG Line and Exclusive trim levels with the option of V200d, V220d, V250D and the V300d range topper.
Inclusive of PremiumDrive maintenance plan that covers a contribution maintenance plan during the first five years / 100 000 km. V200d – R977 913
V220d – R1 022 382
V200d AMG Line – R1 046 177
V220d AMG Line – R1 090 646
V250d – R1 099 606
V250d AMG Line – R1 167 870
V220d Avantgarde – R1 335 144
V250d Avantgarde – R1 382 928
V220d Avantgarde AMG Line – R1 388 785
V250d Avantgarde AMG Line – R1 436 569
V300d – R1 440 203
V300d Avantgarde AMG Line – R1 515 183
V300d Exclusive – R1 645 880
Mercedes-Benz V300d – The 500Nm minivan