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Mercedes has sportified the V-Class people carrier

New ‘Night Edition’ gets some AMG trinkets, but misses one small thing...

Published: 16 May 2018
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We like the Mercedes-Benz V-Class. It's good. We like the look of this one too. Merc's sportified its plush people carrier by offering a brand new ‘Night Edition’. Thus far, it’s only been confirmed for Germany, for the sum of €55,260 (nearly £50k), and we shall quickly run through its features before highlighting a glaring omission.

As you’d expect from a Night Edition, there are AMG front and rear aprons, black mirrors, high-gloss black louvres in the grill, and 19in AMG seven-spoke light alloy wheels. Plus lots of badges to confirm your MPV superiority over those other puny V-Classes.

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Inside there are comfort seats in black leather, a ‘leather-look’ for the dash, standard-fit parking assist and a 360-degree camera. It’s a big ol’ bus after all, and you will want these things.

Now, for the omission. It concerns the engine. It has one, don’t worry. It comes with Merc’s 2.1-litre four-cylinder diesel engine, with 187bhp and the ability to go from 0-62mph in 9.1secs. It’s a perfectly acceptable application. A good one.

But it’s not Merc’s 4.0-litre biturbo V8 with 577bhp+ and the ability to go from 0-62mph in a lightly terrifying time (for a van). Come on AMG. Do the decent thing. Slot the GT R's V8 into the V-Class, and build a Super V.

Now, hands up who’d buy one of those?

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