Step inside the V-Class and its minivan roots are noticeable. The cabin has its share of strengths and weaknesses. First of all, the ergonomics are outright brilliant and you get a commanding view of the road. Visibility, in fact, is better than pretty much anything you have ever been in, thanks to the high perch and the low-set dashboard. What’s more, the large windows and the beige upholstery elevate the airy feeling and make the cabin seem more spacious than it actually is. The V-Class continues to impress when it comes to quality and appearance – the dash layout is similar to that of current Mercedes models, meaning everything is well laid out and touch points feel solid yet plush.
What’s not so good is the older generation infotainment system and the rather ordinary 7-inch display. Also, the equipment list is far from long although Mercedes has the basics covered. This more expensive Exclusive version gets the table package, electric sliding doors, rear glass opening, leather seats, ambient lighting, 360-degree reversing camera, LED headlamps and a two-zone climate control.
Arguably, the V-Class’ ultimate party trick are the electric sliding doors that open wide. Further improving the access is the high roof that makes it easy for anyone to limber into the cabin. Speaking of which, you get four individual seats in here, all mounted on rails. Interestingly, the middle row can be turned around to face the third row, instantly turning the cabin into a luxurious meeting room. Also standard in this Exclusive version is the ‘table package’ which includes two fold-out tables for eating a snack or working on. The arrangement isn’t entirely smooth and requires some effort on your part but it is pretty neat and even includes cup holders and deep cubby holes for putting away loose items.
As for space and comfort, the armchair-like seats in the second and the third row offer decent comfort. Thanks to the sheer volume of the cabin, you get plenty of space to shift around freely in your seat, however, under thigh support is on the low side. Simply put, the captain chairs in the V-Class are a little too flat and do not feel as plush as a well contoured bench seat you would find in a similarly priced sedan/SUV. What the cabin lacks in utmost seat comfort, it makes up for it by offering a ginormous amount of cargo space. With all the four seats removed, there is enough space in here to move houses. The boot space is impressive even with the third row seats in place, making the V-Class incredibly practical.