Marco Polo is a very recognizable name. However, sometimes not in automobiles. Mostly, in discovering the new world. Maybe that is why Mercedes brought the name into their offerings because with the Marco Polo’s introduction into the market, it has taken some of the space that Volkswagen initially monopolized.
This was back in 2017.
The new Marco Polo is given a fresh look by changing the bumpers and the trim. However, the van-like look that the vehicle had will remain, and this is based on the V-Class MPV. In addition, much like its predecessor, this continues to have two different variants – the Marco Polo and the Marco Polo Horizon. The former has a small sized kitchen, while the latter does not have one. The difference is from the price tag since the Horizon is cheaper compared to the Marco Polo.
Experts did notice that there were multiple similarities between the Mercedes’ offer to that of the Volkswagen. The camper, its cupboard, drawer, hob, and fridge placement are exactly identical. The finish, however, is a lot better with the Marco Polo, but they also noticed that the company may have cut corners in order to complete the craft of the machine at a price that will hopefully keep their price competitive.
Examples of Mercedes cutting corners include having the electronically operated roof installed as an afterthought and its top deck can only be set-up by hand, compared to Volkswagen’s which automatically sets itself up.
On the other hand, Mercedes wins over its competition with practicality. The roof raises within 30 seconds. On it are LED lights and zip blinds up top. In addition, it has soft-close cupboards and the airline-style drawer are nice touches which adds more compartment for things you might need on a family trip.
The engine has been refined on the Marco Polo as well. You can hear the refinement when you start the 2.0-liter engine. The auto box was also improved from a seven-speed auto box to a nine-speed, and the 300 d is a lot faster than what is on offer by Volkswagen. This also helps accommodate the added weight that the Marco Polo has.
However, the weight is still an issue no matter what they try to compensate for it. It weighs 175 kg in total, and that is before you load up all your equipment. This added weight still takes a toll on the vehicle. Luckily, the grip on the road is very good. However, for safety purposes, it is still better if you go slow and steady.
This is the type of V-Class camper that will be driven on any terrain.
It is also designed to hopefully be as quiet as a standard V-Class when driven on a cruise and remains just as quiet when drive around a city or in town. The view of the road though is not very good due to how the seat are positioned lower than the windshield.
The specifics of the Marco Polo are yet to be announced, and it might showcase different features for every country it will be released to.