Here’s the W447 Mercedes-Benz V-Class in all its entirety. The successor to the Viano moves further away from its commercial roots (although Vito van versions will be available) towards luxury and comfort in an attempt to woo those unsmitten by the R-Class.

It starts with the looks – less van, more upscale MPV. The V-Class can now stand alongside passenger models such as the C-Class and S-Class and not look out of place. You’ll no doubt recognise the two-bar grille, and those striking headlamps with LED DRLs (full-LED headlamps available) add a premium touch.

Round the side, you’ll see muscular twin creases and a vast expanse of glass area, while the simple and uncluttered tailgate (optionally power-operated) features a large rear window that stretches down below the vehicle’s waistline. This window can be opened separately from the tailgate, allowing access to a shelf that can carry up to 50 kg in weight.

The Mercedes-Benz V-Class comes in base and Avantgarde trims – each can be specified with Exterior Sports and Interior Design packages. Two wheelbases (3,200 and 3,430 mm) and three body lengths (spanning 4,895 to 5,370 mm) are available.

The sole powerplant is a 2.1 litre four-cylinder turbodiesel. It produces 136 PS/330 Nm in the 200 CDI, 163 PS/380 Nm in the 220 CDI and 190 PS/440 Nm in the 250 BlueTec. The first two variants come with a manual gearbox as standard; a 7G-Tronic Plus auto with shift paddles and Direct Select lever is optional. The 250 BlueTec gets the latter as standard.

Agility Control adaptive dampers are standard across the range, and auto gearbox versions get Agility Select, which offers Eco, Comfort, Sport and Manual driving modes that influence engine, throttle and gearbox response.

If the exterior does little to convince you of the V-Class’ premium credentials, you only have to step aboard. Greeting you is a dashboard not unlike those on the C-Class and GLA-Class, along with the same standards of cabin appointments and finishes.

There’s the familiar three-spoke steering wheel, the new COMAND knob and touchpad, the circular air vents and the floating central display, while wood inserts and ambient lighting are also available.

Possible seating configurations include four individual seats with armrests, a two-passenger bench (independently-folding seat backs) or a three-passenger bench (two-piece seat base, independently-folding seat backs) for both second and third rows. Up to eight passengers can be accommodated in all. The seats can be removed altogether as well.

Finally, tech. COMAND Online, Linguatronic voice control and Thermotronic climate control are available. As for safety, Crosswind Assist and Attention Assist are standard; options include a 360-degree camera, Distronic Plus with Collision Prevention Assist, Traffic Sign Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, Blind Spot Assist and Adaptive High-Beam Assist.