UK prices for the Mercedes-Benz Marco Polo

Next spring – almost three years after it was first unveiled – the Marco Polo camper van will finally arrive at Mercedes-Benz dealers in the UK. Actually, some future owners might have welcomed such a protracted delay as a chance to save up, because this is a rather expensive product.

Based on the long-wheelbase V-Class, the Marco Polo is clearly a direct rival for the Volkswagen California Ocean. Indeed, both conversions feature four belted travel seats, a basic side-mounted kitchenette, a wardrobe, an electrically-operated elevating roof and four berths.

Mercedes-Benz V-Class Marco Polo (2017) Front Side

Also fitted as standard by Mercedes-Benz are leather upholstery, automatic three-zone climate control, Garmin satellite navigation, Active Parking Assist, a rear-view camera and 18” alloy wheels. Key options include a side awning (£695) and auxiliary heating (£1,345).

Power comes from a turbocharged 2.1 litre diesel engine that's mated to a 7G-Tronic Plus automatic transmission. Marco Polo buyers get to choose an output of 161 bhp (120 kW / 163 PS) or 187 bhp (140 kW / 190 PS), plus two trim grades are being offered.

Mercedes-Benz V-Class Marco Polo – UK prices
V 220 d Sport £53,180
V 250 d Sport £55,055
V 220 d AMG Line £55,320
V 250 d AMG Line £57,195

To put those amounts into context, the California Ocean range currently costs between £49,975 and £57,440.

There's no doubt that better value, greater internal space and more comprehensive habitation facilities can be found elsewhere.

For example, the four-berth Swift Autocruise Select 184 Travel is available from £39,885. Taking the 6.36 m (20′ 10”) Fiat Ducato panel van as a starting point, it's equipped with double glazing, a combi boiler, blown-air heating and a washroom that incorporates a shower and toilet.

Relatively compact dimensions are potentially a major advantage for the Marco Polo and California Ocean, though. Either could genuinely be used as a family's sole vehicle, thereby avoiding the extra outlay required to run a car as well.

Mercedes-Benz V-Class Marco Polo (2017) Interior 1Mercedes-Benz V-Class Marco Polo (2017) Interior 2

Mercedes-Benz V-Class Marco Polo (2017) Interior 3Mercedes-Benz V-Class Marco Polo (2017) Interior 4

Mercedes-Benz V-Class Marco Polo (2017) Interior 5Mercedes-Benz V-Class Marco Polo (2017) Rear Side

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