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Mercedes T-Class: first test for the minivan with the star | Video

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Mercedes T-Class: first test for the minivan with the star |  Video
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Mercedes T-Class is further confirmation of the return of a segment that had been neglected for some time, that of the “multi-space” or minivan. Talking about categories today is more difficult than yesterday because the “crossover” philosophy (understood as cars that are halfway between two segments and not as small SUVs) has long infected the world of two and four wheels.

In any case, the new German offers an alternative in the range for those who want the Star logo on a model that is closer to the finishes and comfort of passenger cars than the Citan Tourer, always designed for the transport of people, but with a cut from a commercial vehicle and a choice for those who use it for work.

Clearly the price changes, but the equipment also changes because the T-Class proposes in the passenger compartment everything we are used to at Mercedes in terms of controls and instruments.

INTERIORS: INTERIOR AND BOOT

The passenger compartment is particular because it combines premium elements typical of the Mercedes world with shapes that in part recall the production of Renault. At a second glance, however, we notice the Germans’ commitment to significantly change all the front panels and the plastics of the dashboard: the shape is different, some dimensions change, the Mercedes steering wheel ennobles the environment a lot and only some lines do. overlap with those of the French model. In addition, there is a touch of color with the finishes that frame the gearbox / air conditioning area and the doors.

MBUX is the real difference though: the Mercedes infotainment system is today one of the best and most fluid, even in this version which is certainly not the most updated at the display level, but it is at the hardware and software level. The Germans have long since achieved excellent results in the management of on-board infotelematics with a truly usable voice command (among those in the car world), and an intuitive interface to navigate. On the T-Class it is shown via one 7 “touch screen and flanked by the 5.5 “color instrumentation nestled between the analog gauges. It is not all digital, but even on a small vertical screen, it has exactly the functions of that seen on the” traditional “range, including the replica of navigation.


The rest is quite classic: spaces and practicality for the objects of all passengers and an endowment of ADAS that does not look bad in the automotive world: standard automatic emergency braking, anti-skidding, blind spot and driver monitoring, in addition to the system with active steering that takes us back into the lane.

Lack of adaptive cruise control and centering of the car in the lane, later available only for versions with automatic transmission.

ROAD TEST

There are four engines available for the T-Class, two powers for the 1.3 TCe FAP petrol and two for the diesel, an old acquaintance well-tested at Renault, the legendary 1.5 dCi:

  • Class T 160: 75 kw (102 CV), 200 Nm
  • Class T 180: 96 kW (131 hp), 240 Nm
  • Class T 160d: 70 kW (95 HP), 260 Nm
  • Class T 180d: 85 kW (116 hp), 270 Nm:

At the wheel, the driveability is the same as we saw with the starting point: it can be driven by car, it is very easy, but it has the reactions of a suvettino / van because in any case it remains more optimized for practicality and certainly not for dynamic or sporty driving. The steering is quite precise and light, not too multiplied and with a good legibility of the road which makes it valid for traveling. On the other hand, when carrying objects or passengers it is not recommended to scramble them around curves. What’s more, it is quite silent if you don’t overdo it with speed, even if the soundproofing loses a few points compared to the classics of the German manufacturer.

The setup changes compared to the French version: it is not a re-branding (such as Yaris Hybrid and Mazda2 Hybrid for example), but a joint project born and then developed in parallel. In Germany they therefore applied a recipe that sees a new shock absorber: the perception is of a slightly more contained roll and an absorption voted yes to comfort, but with an increased stiffness that makes it more drivable in the mixed … always without exaggerating However.


Regarding the engines, the choice depends on the needs, but at full load it is better to turn to the more powerful diesel: consumes little and is great for most situations. With five adults and luggage, however, there is a limitation if your movements often take you to high mountain areas; here a small torque boost would have helped. The automatic gearbox compensates perfectly by reducing the stress of having to downshift to second gear in some situations.

If the combination of mountain and maximum load is not your case, then even the 131hp petrol or 95hp diesel is more than enough in an urban and extra-urban setting, with the latter suitable for large highway travelers. From a small car, on the other hand, the entry gasoline, suitable only for city travel.

PRACTICAL THINGS

There are many practical aspects of a car like the T-Class: behind there are 3 seats thanks to the 3 isofix attachments, the parcel shelf is foldable, useful for putting a stroller upright without having to dismantle everything. If necessary, it can be removed and stored in the boot, while there is no command to fold down the seats from the rear, which however compensates with a very low load threshold (only 56 cm) and with a squared, wide and regular mouth that exploits the space. up to the roof. There is an electric bike without removing the wheels and knocking down only a part of the rear bench seat. Or two adult bikes by removing only the front wheel.

Access to the rear is perfect: sliding door for passengers or to easily install child seats: I would have preferred a darker and more pleasant “sound”, like that of the GLA or EQA doors that convey a feeling of very high solidity, but at the level of practicality nothing can be objected to.

The equipment is completed by several compartments, rear tables (they flex a little but are very large and comfortable) and large glass surfaces that favor visibility in every situation.

DATA SHEET

TECHNIQUE

  • ENGINE: 4-cylinder diesel 1.5 liter Euro6d
  • POWER: 95/116 CV (kW)
  • TORQUE: 260/270 Nm at 1,750 rpm
  • Front-wheel drive
  • GEARBOX: 6-speed manual (7-speed double clutch on 116 HP)
  • SUSPENSION: McPherson front with stabilizer bar and lower wishbone, rear with interconnected arms
  • GRENI: 4 discs

DIMENSIONS

  • LENGTH: 4.498 mm
  • WIDTH: 1.859 mm
  • HEIGHT: 1,811 mm
  • PITCH: 2.716 mm
  • LOAD COMPARTMENT LENGTH: 1,865 mm
  • LUGGAGE: 520-2.127 liters
  • RIMS: 16-17 “
  • WEIGHT: 1.636 / 1.822 Kg (in running order)
  • SEATS: 5/7 (long wheelbase, arriving later)

PERFORMANCE

  • MAXIMUM SPEED: 164/177 km / h
  • ACCELERATION 0-100 Km / h: 15.1 / 13.2 seconds
  • CONSUMPTION: 5.3 – 5.9 l / 100 km (combined WLTP)
  • CO2 EMISSIONS: 138/154 grams per km (combined WLTP)
  • STEERING DIAMETER: 11.75 meters

PRICE: € 27,548

PRICES AND EQUIPMENT

Mercedes T-Class starts at € 27,548 and the cars are already available with delivery from July 2022. All prices are to be considered VAT and MSS includedif you read this piece starting from January 2023, know that there could be increases:

  • Class T 160: from € 27,548
  • T180 Class: from € 28,598
  • Class T 160d: from € 28,798
  • Class T 180d: from € 28,948

The entry version includes leather steering wheel and gear knob as standard, multifunction steering wheel, rear compartment monitoring mirror, decorative high-gloss profiles (black), interior ambient lights, seats in ARTICO and microfibre, driver and passenger seat adjustable in height (that of the driver has lumbar support), rear tables, central armrest in ARTICO and door panels in NEOTEX, tinted rear windows, 16 “steel wheels with wheel covers.

Smartphone support (CarPlay and Android Autot), 7 “MBUX, connected services, heated and electrically adjustable mirrors, Keyless for starting, manual air conditioning, light and rain sensors, lane maintenance, digital instrumentation, blind spot monitoring, are also standard. driver attention monitoring, automatic emergency braking, cruise control, speed limiter,

The Premium adds power windows for the sliding doors, interior trim (including dashboard in ARTICO), LED headlights, seats in ARTICO with contrast stitching and 16 “alloy wheels.

MERCEDES T CLASS ONLINE CONFIGURATOR

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