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Mercedes-Benz V-Class vs Volkswagen Caravelle

The world of premium people movers is filled with both corporate and family-friendly options, offering comfort, space, frugality and style for those aboard. Today I compare the popular Mercedes-Benz V-Class with its key rival Volkswagen Caravelle.

If you are in the market for a premium people mover, the Mercedes-Benz V-Class has established itself as a well-sorted and highly appealing proposition within the marketplace. Volkswagen recently updated Caravelle in Highline 4Motion guise, so it should make for an interesting comparison.


Mercedes-Benz V200d AMG Line

Engine size: 4-cyl, 2.1-litre turbodiesel

Power/Torque: 100 kW/330 Nm

Gearbox: 7-speed automatic

Kerb weight: 2 075 kg

Airbags: 6

Braked towing capacity: 2 000kg

Seats: 6(opt7/8)

Fuel capacity: 70-litres

Claimed consumption: 6.5 L/100 km

Service plan: 5-year/100 000km maintenance

Price: R1 129 055


Volkswagen Caravelle 2.0 BiTDI 146kW Highline 4Motion

Engine size: 4-cyl, 2.0-litre turbodiesel

Power/Torque: 146 kW/450 Nm

Gearbox: 7-speed dual-clutch automatic

Kerb weight: 2 195 kg

Airbags: 6

Braked towing capacity: 2 500kg

Seats: 7

Fuel capacity: 80-litres

Claimed consumption: 8.2 L/100 km

Service plan: 5-year/60 000km maintenance

Price: R1 184 100


The models chosen for this comparison are direct competitors from a pricing and segment perspective, with turbodiesel engines and automatic gearboxes. Monthly instalments are calculated throughout 72-months with a 10% deposit and no balloon or residual. The interest rate is set at 11%.

Mercedes-Benz V200d AMG Line

With the instalment parameters in place, the V200d will work out at R19 341  per month over 72 months.

Volkswagen Caravelle 2.0 BiTDI 146kW Highline 4Motion

With the instalment parameters in place, the Caravelle will work out at R20 284 per month over 72 months.

The Volkswagen maintenance plan as standard spans just 60 000km, despite being valid for 5 years. The V-Class provides the best offering, with a maintenance plan covering 5 years/100 000km.

Having looked at the data, it would appear that we have a rather tight battle on our hands here. Volkswagen’s lower mileage maintenance plan and high-cost price exclude it from the winner’s circle in this particular instance, leaving the Mercedes-Benz. The V-Class with a superior maintenance plan and a vastly superior fuel consumption figure, granting it the victory by the narrowest of margins.

Content created and supplied by: SeanTheSoul (via Opera News )

Mercedes-Benz V-Class Volkswagen Caravelle

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