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Driving report Mercedes V-Class 4-Matic: All-wheel drive perfectly combined

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Driving report Mercedes V-Class 4-Matic
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D he annual discussion, whether in winter now front-wheel or rear-wheel drive brings the decisive meters, you can now counter with the new Mercedes V-Class with a dry 'neither, nor'. Because from now on, the inclined customer can successfully cross the special equipment code ZG2, 4-MATIC all-wheel drive. The delivery of the first all-wheel drive versions of the new Mercedes V-Class started in December.

V-Class customers do not have to wish for a good trip with the 447 series presented in spring, the topic has now been set. Nobody from the group would like to talk about old times, especially the original version of the V-Class from the late 1990s. Generation three of the V-Class is on par with the noble car versions of the VW T5, which is still the benchmark in this segment today.

Unfortunately, this also applies to the price, because the Mercedes V 200 with a manageable motorized vehicle CDI as an entry-level model requires an investment of at least 42,030 euros - for this, the friendly Mercedes dealer can optionally also hand over the keys to a new E-Class. At least the first and second impressions correspond to this price tag when entering the V-Class. The latter is to be taken literally - there is a certain majesty in not having to bow to the car when getting in.

Nevertheless, there is no trucker romance after boarding, the vans of this size often come along with them is given. Anyone who stubbornly concentrates on the cockpit landscape without looking into the ballroom behind the driver's seat could also feel located in a classic limousine of the house. The award-winning furniture makes a not insignificant contribution to this, only the ergonomically low-profile control island with touchpad and rotary push-button, which is integrated high up, shows the little car-related distance between the vehicle floor and the dashboard. It just transports a little.

Mercedes V-Class 4-Matic only in the 250 BlueTEC

In order to enjoy the superior drive system, the Mercedes V -Class, however, a certain financial willingness to perform. Currently, only the top V 250 BlueTec engine can be equipped with the extra 4-Matic surcharge, but at least the seven-speed 7G-Tronic is on board. Without any other extra, around 52,400 euros are on the order form.

The new V-Class compensates for this with a driving experience that has absolutely nothing to do with a package. The waiver of the rear air suspension is not really noticeable in the new chassis, and the V-Class remains relaxed even on rough terrain. Anyone who expects highly enjoyable performance from the 190 PS of the 2.1-liter diesel has not yet looked at the curb weight of the V-Class with 4-Matic. The long version of the V 250 we drive, including the lavish equipment, collects around 2,500 well-fed kilos. It doesn't help that the engine electronics release a short-term power and torque boost (14 hp /40 Nm) when you accelerate hard. It is progressing very quickly, but by no means overwhelming.

Sufficiently fast on the road

That does not have to be regretted, however because, objectively speaking, the performance is completely sufficient, for a maxi-van of this size category it is almost frivolous. Much more interesting is how the relatively homogeneous power delivery of the four-cylinder engine corresponds to the driving dynamics aids and the all-wheel drive. On the (cordoned off) test track on the Timmelsjoch, covered with fresh snow, harsh and ice, the towering load moves with a nonchalance that amazes. Bends and tight serpentine curves can be tackled in a remarkably neutral manner, even at full speed ahead there is no trampling or excessive wheel brake stuttering of the traction control from the less adhesive surface.

How excellent the coordination of the 4-Matic all-wheel drive in the A subsequent comparison drive with a C 400 4-Matic reveals a new V-Class. With the full 333 hp of the six-cylinder engine installed there, which are also generated quite erruptively, the electronics have to cope with significantly larger computing tasks, which results in correspondingly preventive and less dynamic braking work. The lively ride from the Hochgurgler toll station up to the Timmelsjoch in the not-so-sedate V-Class is actually done faster and more relaxed than in the hectic sports sedan.

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