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Mercedes Marco Polo test sitting: New V-Class-based camper van

With the new Mercedes V-Class, the air has become thinner for the VW Multivan. The new van-based Marco Polo is now expected to gain increased market share within the camper segment. The fact that it could actually sucCee’d became clear from a first encounter with the camper van, which was developed in collaboration with specialists from Westphalia.

The interior impresses with high-quality materials, a quality finish and a well-designed concept. The floor covering with wood veneer, a choice of light or dark leather upholstery and indirect LED lighting ensure a homely atmosphere. This is somewhere that you can really hang out.

Even for a longer period of time, as with a two-burner gas hob, a sink, a 40-litre cool box and the equally large fresh and waste water tank as well as a host of storage options, the Marco Polo is ideally equipped for longer journeys. The kitchen cabinet module consists of a large drawer with an apothecary drawer and self-closing device, which can also be opened when the bed is folded down, and a large storage compartment with a sliding door. In the kitchenette itself there is a folding table with a pedestal, which can be folded down beside the seating bench when not required. A wardrobe with sliding doors, a clothes rail and a pivoting illuminated mirror ensures that the back section of the Marco Polo remains tidy.

Mercedes Marco Polo offers two double beds

The two-part rear seating bench spoils its occupant with soft upholstery, including inflatable lateral supports, and at night can be converted electrically into a double bed (2.03 m x 1.13 m) at the touch of the button. Subject to additional cost, the pop-up roof can also be operated in this way. Beneath this a second bed (2.05 m x 1.13 m) with a cold foam mattress and slatted frame awaits any overnight guests. The camping equipment provided ex-works is rounded off with a folding table and two camping chairs, which are stowed in a bag, readily accessible. The separately opening rear wind shield is just as practical, not only simplifying loading, but also enabling rapid ventilation. The rear hinged window on the passenger side also serves this purpose. It opens and closes electronically – obviously. At the touch of a button, as standard.

As always, a crosswind assistant and fatigue warning system are also on-board. The entry level variant with the 134 HP 200 CDI and rear wheel drive is available from 54,835 Euros. You can get on the road for much less in the Marco Polo Activity. The biggest differences: no kitchen and no cabinets, but therefore more space for bulky items and a three-seater bench. With a 112 HP diesel engine and front-wheel drive, the price falls to 38,960 Euros.

We liked:A great sense of space, high quality materials, a very good level of finish and a wide range of practical accessories for camping fun

We didn't particularly like:The cockpit cannot quite keep up with the level of finish of the equipment in the back, relatively high base price


Frank Eppler


25 February 2015
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