The Mercedes V-230 is an offering from the Mercedes V-Class series, a class of big Multi Utility Vehicles (MPVs) which focused on the perception of European and UK customers buying this vehicle. The V-Class was not considered up to Mercedes standards by many and initially made a joke of it in the segment of 7 Seat SUVs. But then it was realized that it was indeed a good option for a seven seater passenger MPV. A combination of a van and a family vehicle, the V-Class Mercedes is used when large number of big articles need to be transported instead of hiring a van for the purpose as this can act as a 3 seat suv, 7 seats suv or be a 8 seat suv.
Design and Features of Mercedes SUVs V-230:
The floor space of this seven seater MPV is quite large and is enough for transporting bulky items like windsurfers, bikes etc. The seats in the middle row can turned in such a way that the two people seated can face each other. Like in an aircraft, this Mercedes 7 Seater vehicle has been fitted with tables on the armrests which sprouts out when required so that one can comfortable layout a meal or play cards. The seats are also removable to make ample luggage space for long stays. The vehicle has sliding doors and this gives easy approach to the rear seats. There have been complaints with many MPVs that when all passengers are facilitated for seating, there is hardly any space for luggage. But with a boot space of 581 litres, this seven seater vehicle resolves this problem to a great extent.
The entry level Mercedes-V230, known as the entry-level Trend trim is equipped with electronic traction control, anti lock brakes, remote locking, power steering and electric front windows and this is definitely a bag full of features compared to other SUVs. There is also a color co-ordinated gear lever, an umbrella and a compilation of games.
The next level called the Ambiente Trim Level has quite a few stylish features. Some of them are an under seat safe, a fridge, leather upholstery, metallic paint, alloy wheels, power points for a laptop PC or mobile and outside temperature gauge. This Mercedes 7 Seater provides the best driving conditions with its windows pulled up and when Air conditioning is switched on. The handling of this vehicle is quite good and gentle. The ride is also smooth and is one of the best bet on the road in this regard. The brakes provided in this vehicle are not very strong and hence is not able to cope with the speed at which this vehicle travels and it can be said of the brakes as behaving something like an artificial speed breaker.
Safety Measures to be taken while going for a Mercedes V-230:
Children always have a habit of experimenting with any object that they get regardless of its sophistication. This 7 seat MPV is not any different and cannot escape their clutches. So several things need to be kept in kind while taking your children out in your Mercedes V-230 for a long drive to ensure their safety as well as to ensure the wellness of the vehicle. The interiors of the V-class are delicate and children can easily spoil them. So make sure that the seats are not ripped and have been fixed to their mountings in the right manner. Also the floor mounting points should be checked to ensure that they are not clogged or damaged. This is very important because if they are damaged, the seats will not remain attached to the mountings in the vehicle which poses serious threat in case an accident occurs. The engines have well been tested in advance but one should insist for a full service history. The V-Class is a large vehicle and hence one should be very careful while handling and driving it.
The driving position of the Mercedes V-230 is like that of a van and with its diesel engine, the audio response is also similar to it. It may have all the latest technologies of the late nineties built into it but it still suffers from a considerable amount of a rattling and unnerving start up. The acceleration attained after the vehicle is underway is also not very impressive.
Price Factor of this 8 Seat SUV:
The 1996 V-230 was priced at £5,375. An additional £675 more had to be paid for the automatic option. If it was the Ambiente trim level, the same feature was costing £600 extra. The 1998 Ambiente was set a price tag of £7,575 which rose to £9,150 in the year 1999.
Parts of the SUV V-Class Mercedes are quite reasonable and that is a good advantage. This is because the parts are commercially ancestral. The price of the front brake pads is approximately £45. The rear units cost about £40. One can get a new radiator for a price of £260 and a new headlamp will cost approximately around £90. An assembly of new clutch will cost you around £180.
A used version of this seven seater Mercedes V-230 is the best bet if one is looking for an MPV to ferry seven passengers as well as their luggage at the same time. Before purchasing this Mercedes 7 Seater, one should always analyze whether such a huge space is really necessary because if not, then there are better options of MPVs available in the market for example, Renault Grand Espace. The V-230 is the best one among the V-Class models if you want to utilize all the facilities that the V-Class Mercedes has to offer. It has the best performance and gives higher fuel economy compared to the other V-Class models.
Drawbacks of the Mercedes V-230:
The gear box of the Mercedes V-230 is not that efficient. The paint work on the vehicle is not very good and hence is prone to rusting. The heating up of the engine also takes a long time and some improvement needs to be done on this. Mercedes could have added facilities like remote system for rear door closing like in similar vehicle of its acquired brand, Chrysler. The diesel engine is quite noisy and it needs more padding. The air conditioning system is another area which need to be worked on in this Mercedes SUV.
The seven seater Mercedes V-230 is ideal for one who is looking for a 7 seat MPV providing ample space, good floor space and which can also be used commercially. It is not one of the best offering from Mercedes but still with the brand name, it is not a bad option too. One cannot expect the slick design that Mercedes usually offers in its vehicles but overall looks are quite satisfying. Also, this SUV seats 7 .