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First pictures: 2017 Mercedes-Benz Marco Polo campervan

Volkswagen is traditionally the brand of choice for campervan owners, but Mercedes-Benz and Ford are both trying hard to make in-roads into this desirable market. With new conversions selling for in excess of £50,000, it’s not hard to see why.

The latest offering from Mercedes-Benz is this V-Class Marco Polo campervan conversion, which is expected to reach UK showrooms in April 2017.

Mercedes-Benz V-Class Marco Polo
The new Mercedes-Benz V-Class Marco Polo campervan

This upmarket model appears to be a Westfalia conversion, in line with previous models bearing the same name. Prices start at £53k, which is broadly comparable with other high-spec camper conversions, such as those from Bilbo’s and the Volkswagen California.

If you’re feeling flush or don’t fancy attempting such a detailed conversion yourself, here’s a look at what’s on offer in this new ‘van.

The Marco Polo is based on the V-Class luxury people carrier/minibus model. It can seat or sleep four people and comes with a full range of equipment, including a built-in kitchenette with a fridge and hob, plus a two-seater sofa which converts into a bed with under-bed storage.

Mercedes Marco Polo campervan daytime interior
Inside the Marco Polo in day mode.
Marco Polo campervan with bed out
The Marco Polo in night mode, with the main bed out

It also features a roof bed, accessed via an electrically raising roof; a wardrobe and a generous luggage compartment.

Marco Polo roof bed
The roof bed in the Marco Polo — I reckon this should be usefully wider than the main bed.
Marco Polo luggage compartment
A useful luggage compartment makes this van easy to use as an everyday vehicle, although I’m not sure I’d use it for dirty trips to the tip in the way I did with my old van…

Drivers will get a 220d turbocharged 2.1-litre diesel engine offering 163 hp as standard, with the option to upgrade to a 250d 190hp version. Merc claims combined cycle fuel consumption of 44.8mpg for both models, with CO2 emissions under 170g/km in both cases. Mercedes’ well-regarded 7G-TRONIC PLUS automatic transmission is standard across the range.

The standard Sport model comes very highly specified, with features including:

  • A two-seater leather sofa with bed extension
  • Yacht wood flooring in rear compartment (available in a choice of two colours at no extra cost)
  • Camping table plus two chairs with storage bag
  • Electrically operated pop-up roof
  • Swivelling driver and passenger seats
  • Automatic three-zone climate control
  • External connections for power and fresh water
  • Tinted rear windows
  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Garmin navigation system
  • Full leather upholstery
  • Active Parking Assist with rear-view camera

For an additional £2,140, AMG Line models add AMG bodystyling, 19-inch AMG bi-colour wheels, sports suspension, a carbon-look dash, an AMG spoiler lip on tailgate and metallic paint.

As you’d expect, there are also a plethora of other options. One notable omission from the standard list is a heater, which clocks in as a £1,345 extra. Another option I’d like to see is a slide-out Porta Potti, but then again, this is really a model for campsite/beach posing, not serious travel (tin hat on…).

If you’d like to know more, check out the new Marco Polo here.

2 thoughts on “First pictures: 2017 Mercedes-Benz Marco Polo campervan

  • While I still prefer my VW personally, this is very nice indeed. If they carry on this trajectory I may be tempted by one one day for sure

  • Mr & Mrs mooring, york.

    We’ve looked at, touched & compaired the vw with the marco polo & there’s a big difference in class the mercedes wins hands down, and guess what we’re buying one next year having done all our research & the mercedes is little bit cheaper,jm.

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