The Mols and the Merc

Mercedes-Benz has launched the new V-Class, a large Multi-Purpose Vehicle (MPV) with space for eight people, but with all the luxury and comfort associated with Mercedes sedans. 

As part of the launch, Mercedes lent V-Class vehicles to three South African celebrity families, to live with for a month and travel our beautiful country. We asked Michael Mol and his family a few questions about their time with the V-Class.

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Where in our beautiful country did you visit in the V-Class?

We REALLY enjoyed Elands Bay, tucked away in a small little alcove on the West Coast with a legendary surfing wave in earshot. Our 13-sleeper rented home, which we shared with another family and many kids (friends included), had direct access to the beach, and it was a blast.

There was so much to do, from a short hike up the mountain to see 600-year-old bushmen paintings, to sneaking up as close as we could to exploding waves on the rocks’ edges, to covert sorties into the temporarily abandoned crayfish factory for a photo shoot, to clambering up the whitest of dunes, rugby at the Wit Mossel Pot and mountain biking along the deserted coastal roads. And starting and ending each day with an unforgettable surf – my kind of weekend!

And how was the V-Class?

An absolute pampering – and so spacious!! The vehicle drives like you’d expect a Mercedes sedan to drive – effortless, powerful and smooth – no oversized steering wheel or bus-like manoeuvres! It was more like sitting on the bridge of the Starship Enterprise, with everything I needed right in front of me, information and controls.

Cameras on every corner meant there was no parking spot I couldn’t navigate. Sitting high up was a new experience for me, and every time I got behind the wheel I felt like I was on a road trip somewhere. And there’s electronic everything, including doors that open at the touch of a button, as well as leather that’s softer than a bunny’s tummy, and tech that I wasn’t even aware of constantly working to keep my family safe!

The V-Class actually compensates for crosswinds, which is very intelligent given the size of the vehicle! I was very impressed – enough to investigate financing options on the vehicle!

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Facts and figures:

  • Mercedes-Benz V-Class
  • Price: Start at R695 981
  • Engine: 2.2-litre turbodiesel
  • Power output: 100kW – 140kW
  • Torque: 330Nm – 440Nm
  • Transmission: 6-speed manual or 7-speed automatic
  • Maintenance plan: 6-year/100 000km

Words: Stephen Smith

Pictures: Supplied

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