Hello, campers! It’s the supervan from Merc

  • Based on long-wheelbase V-Class.
  • Seats and sleeps four
  • Two trim levels – Sport and AMG Line
LUXURYJET? Nope, it has a steering wheell and windows and is actually the latest Marco Polo camper van from Mercedes. Image: Mercedes
LUXURY JET? Nope, it has a steering wheel and opening windows and is actually the latest Marco Polo camper van from Mercedes. Image: Mercedes

EVERYTHING AND THE KITCHEN SINK: It's all built-in right from the 'basic' Marco Polo camper van. Image: Mercedes-Benz

STUTTGART, Germany – The Mercedes-Benz V-Class Marco Polo camper van is now on sale in Europe with prices* starting at R904 000 for an ‘entry’-level V 220d Sport. The V 220d AMG Line is R940 500, V 250d Sport R936 000 and the V 250d AMG Line is R972 000.

But what are you getting for such prices – and that before the optional extras are factored-in? And, The Corner says, the Maraco Polo is far in excess of the usual camper.

Those prices, however, do not include a number of extras one would have expected anyway in vehicles of this price and exclusivity – they’re listed further down the feature and should easily allow South African owners (should they be made available here) to boast about “my million-buck camper van”.

LUXURY IS STANDARD

The Marco Polo is based on the Mercedes V-Class, just as a VW camper is based on that brand’s van series. The Merc vans can seat or sleep four (though a fifth seat is an option) and have a full range of equipment that includes a kitchenette with a fridge and hob and a two-seater sofa/bed with storage space beneath it.

No mention is made, however, of gas bottles, cooking equipment, pots, stoneware or cutlery though a second double bed and wardrobe appear when the electrically-powered roof is raised. There’s also a wardrobe and a generous luggage compartment.

Two 2.1-litre engines are available – 220d and 250d – each claiming 6.33 litres/100km is possible. The 220 makes 122kW / 380Nm, the 250 142kW / 440 Nm; each has a 7G-Tronic Plus auto transmission. Prety powerful stuff, even for a camper…

What really counts, however, is the vans’ standard furnishings…

…AND THE EXTRAS

Sport models have a two-seater sofa/bed extension; wood flooring in the rear (choice of two colours); camping table and two chairs with storage bag; power-operated pop-up roof; swivelling front seats; three-zone auto aircon; external connections for power and water; tinted rear glass; 18″ alloy wheel rims; ambient lighting; Garmin satnav; leather upholstery; parking radar/camera; split tail door.

For R36 400, AMG Line units add AMG bodystyling, 19″ AMG bi-colour wheels, sports suspension, carbon-look instrument panel, AMG spoiler and metallic paint. Another R10 000 will add lane-departure/keeping and blind-spot vehicle alerts. Yet more – R30 000 – will pony up following cruise control along with the other stuff.

Stand alone options for all models include metallic paint (R11 000); infotainment system (R37 500); third rear seat (R18 000); awning (R12 000); auxiliary heating (R23 000).

*All prices are for guidance only and were converted from sterling in December 2016.

 

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