I am so happy to see the locally available Mercedes-Benz V-class back on track with the key desirable equipment that we expect from the brand. For a short period of time, the local distributor was compelled by Daimler AG to offer lower-spec variants when their premium equipped models sold out. This Artic White 7-seater updated Mercedes-Benz V220d Long Avantgarde test unit represents the proper return back to the market albeit at a higher price. With the new pricing though, you get all the best bits from before combined with a new lighter and more fuel-efficient 2.0-liter turbodiesel engine that is as equally powerful as the outgoing 2.2-liter twin-stage turbodiesel at precisely the same engine speed powerbands, and new equipment.
The awesome 640-watt 15-speaker Burmester® surround sound system is back, with the new headlight LED Intelligent Light System and rear LED signature lighting, ambient interior lighting, new corporate identity climate control dashboard air vents, fully functioning COMAND system with 360-degree cameras and sonar for effortless parking maneuvers, black Lugano leather seats, Wood Principe effect trim, new bumpers, new 5-twin-spoke 18-inch alloys wrapped with 245/45R18 100W Good Year Eagle F1 XL tires, Folding table, Garmin® MAP PILOT, EASY-PACK tailgate, Parcel shelf in load compartment, Brake calipers with Mercedes-Benz lettering, Electric sliding door (left and right), Heat-insulating glass all round, separately opening rear window, 12 exterior color and two interior color choices.
If you notice the small blue reservoir cap below the primary diesel fuel cap, that is for the AdBlue diesel exhaust fluid used in vehicles with Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) technology to reduce harmful gases being released into the atmosphere. AdBlue is offered mostly at European fuel stations though and sadly not currently fully offered in our market.
The last V-class I drove before this was a very spartan Vito Tourer 114 CDI unit that we used to explore Spain in 2019 with the focus on the Northern territories. Our 1,958.6-kilometer route began and ended in Madrid which took us on a festive cultural and gastronomic tour through Salamanca, Bilbao, Getxo, Gorliz, Pamplona, Santander, San Sebastián, and Burgos visiting friends and family. That trip would have been even more amazing if we used this luxurious V220d Avantgarde model. The Vito may be the most basic transporter in the model range that tops out as the luxury V-Class models, but it did perform functionally well. The obvious luxuries and more potent power were certainly missed.
With the new engine, the 2021 Mercedes-Benz V220d Long Avantgarde 7-seater drove very well and effectively absorbed our Philippine road conditions despite the fairly aggressive rolling stock. It is slightly quicker than before and a little more fuel efficient too. It is not the luxury bargain that it used to be when it was introduced back in 2017 but it is also sold at its best packaging at the moment. So, if you can afford it and require the capacity with the elusive pride of ownership, then this land yacht will serve you magnanimously.
|Cylinder Head||dohc 16V|
|Fuel Injector||Direct Injection Turbodiesel|
|Max Power (bhp @ rpm)||161 bhp @ 4200 rpm|
|Max Torque (lb/ft @ rpm)||280 lb-ft @ 1200-4000 rpm|
|Top Speed||200 km/h (125 mph)|
|0-100 km/h | 0-62 mph||10.6 sec.|
Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions
|Fuel Milage (km/l)||7.4 L/100 km Overall|
|Price as Tested (PHP)||PhP 4,955,000.00|
|What's Great||Excellent packaging, premium versatility and comfort, capacity, comprehensive driver aids, pedigree, excellent build-quality, very smooth and efficient.|
|What's Not So||Price. No second-row side window operation. Standard key ignition.|
|C! Editors Rating||9.5/10|