Mercedes Benz V300d: A family that road-trips together, stays together
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Remember when we could travel? When we could pack up the family and drive towards the horizon and not look, or not worry about leaving our masks and hand sanitiser behind? Remember when we were free anywhere we please?
It seems like a lifetime ago but there was a time when we could gather all the friends and hangers on, take a road trip on the spur of the moment and not think about a destination – only the journey.
MERCEDES BENZ V300d IS THE ULTIMATE MPV
One day soon we will begin to dream again, about the long, open road and companions, be it friends or family – and there will be a perfect vehicle for it – the Mercedes Benz V300d. This elegant vehicle destined to be an iconic MPV which will not only make its mark in this competitive class, but it will make memories for the families and travellers that have the pleasure of experiencing it.
Introducing my family to the V-Class was like bringing home a new family member. The kids couldn’t take their hands and eyes off it and it had my daughter believing we could somehow adopt it. Maybe it’s the space and freedom of movement inside the V-Class that makes it so appealing to the young and privileged in my family. You could almost live inside, and if the children could move in, believe me, they would. And who could blame them?
The V-Class’s ethos is about traveling in luxury and style. It’s big enough to carry eight people, and the six seats at the back can be arranged in so many ways that it allowed my son to social distance from his sister, which is critical when on a long journey. These are moments that family life is built on.
Make no mistake the V-Class is not a tame, neutered family wagon hogging the road as it bumbles along the N1. No, this is a state-of-the-art piece of machinery, designed and built by the very best of Mercedes Benz, and the V300d comes with a 2-litre, four-cylinder engine, and produces a sensational 176 kW and 500Nm of torque.
With that under the hood, the V-Class has taken the MPV to another dimension. The V300d is more efficient and cleaner than its peers and has proven to be less noisy and more comfortable than anything before it. The V300d’s 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission makes the ride so much smoother in every way like you’re floating above the surface of the road.
THESE ARE THE STANDOUT FEATURES:
The V-Class is no stranger to our shores having touched down in 2019 already, with the V200d, V220d and V250d, at 100 kW/330 Nm, 120 kW/380 Nm and 140 kW/440 Nm respectively. Now, the V300d represents the cream of the crop, the pinnacle of the V-Class that will deliver on its price tag of around R1,6 million.
For that you can look forward to features such as a panoramic sliding roof, Active Distance-Assist Distronic system, a 360-degree camera package, a centre console refrigerator, 19-inch light alloys and electrically adjustable (heated and cooled) driver and front passenger seats. The V300d is offered in three different variants: Avantgarde, Avantgarde with AMG Line and the flagship Exclusive.
The offspring couldn’t get enough of the 16-speaker Burmester sound system, and we couldn’t get enough of issuing instructions to them from the cockpit, which was a piece of cake thanks to the integrated voice amplification system that allows the driver and front passenger to be heard by the rear passengers despite the distance between them.
The Mercedes Benz V300d is a massive vehicle but you always feel in control of it; it handles like a dream at every turn and maneuvers between tight spaces effortlessly.
Mercedes Benz has really struck a chord among families and motoring enthusiasts with the V300d. It’s a home on wheels, and not in a boring, camper van type of way, but because it represents a togetherness, a shared experience of the open road and a place where bonding among friends and family takes place. It represents something we long to return in the very near future.