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Volkswagen Multivan vs Mercedes-Benz V-Class

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Volkswagen Multivan
Volkswagen Multivan

$58,990 - $69,880

2021 price

Mercedes-Benz V-Class
Mercedes-Benz V-Class

$49,880 - $74,800

2018 price


2021 Volkswagen Multivan
2018 Mercedes-Benz V-Class
Safety Rating

Engine Type
Diesel Turbo 4, 2.0L

Diesel Turbo 4, 2.1L
Fuel Type

Fuel Efficiency
6.6L/100km (combined)

6.3L/100km (combined)

  • Diesel only
  • It's quite large
  • Needs more advanced safety gear for the price

  • No rear cup-holders
  • No AEB
  • Engine lacks some punch
2021 Volkswagen Multivan Summary

One must maintain several affections in one's life, I think that's fair. I don't mean that in the life-partner sense, that would get me blamed for marriage breakdowns. But then, as a motoring journalist, you do sometimes wonder if your recommendations send a few relationships over the edge.

What I mean is, having a few interests keeps life interesting. In this context, I'm thinking of two things that move me. Special Editions (of pretty much anything, except superhero movies) and VW vans. I can't stress enough how much I - and, as it turns out, just about every other road user - love a Volkswagen van.

Put these two excellent things together and you have the Volkswagen Multivan Cruise, a special edition that somehow commemorates the 70th anniversary of the Kombi. I don't care how, I'm just intrigued by its existence and, by the grace of The Great Editor, I spent a week behind the wheel and a good chunk of that time exploring the interior of the Multivan Cruise.

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2018 Mercedes-Benz V-Class Summary

The Mercedes-Benz V-Class van isn’t made for ferrying parcels from point to point. No, even though it is based on the Vito courier van, the V-Class is all about human cargo.

And let’s be clear, here: we’re not talking about chucking people in the back and hoping they get to their destination without cracks or breakages. This is a luxury van made to move people in comfort and style, with all the trimmings you’d expect of a vehicle bearing the three-pointed star badge.

So, is it any good? I played hire-car driver to find out.

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