Over in Europe, the V-Class hopes to succeed in being a premium people mover where the R-Class ultimately failed. The most powerful engine, in the 2015 V250 BlueTEC, is a turbocharged diesel-sipper making 187 horsepower and 354 lb-ft of torque.
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When Can You Get It?
Who knows? It's quite likely that the Vito will go on sale in the United States, but there's still a question mark over the V-Class.
Other Cars to Consider
2014 Chrysler Town & Country - There really isn't much in the minivan world that roams the plush, luxurious lands where Mercedes-Benz buyers usually live. The T&C is a well-regarded and well-equipped non-premium domestic offering, capable of seating seven.
2014 Honda Odyssey - Generally recognized as the class of the minivan field, the big O will take eight occupants without imparting the feeling that you're driving a bus.
2014 Lincoln MKT - One of the few choices in premium multi-passenger transport but leaning more toward the crossover SUV camp. Can handle up to seven occupants, but third-row passenger space is tight.
2014 Nissan Quest - Like many other contenders here, the Quest has ingenious folding seats and other clever ways of maximizing interior space. It's only a 7-seater, though.
2014 Toyota Sienna - The Sienna's unique selling point is that it offers the option of all-wheel drive - a useful safety feature to have in bad weather. Another 8-seater.
Used Mercedes-Benz R-Class - If it absolutely has to be a multi-seat Mercedes-Benz, this might work. Apart from a dull image, there isn't much wrong with the 7-seater R-Class. You could find a 2012 R350 BlueTEC 4MATIC (diesel engine and all-wheel drive) for far less than the equivalent cost of a 2015 Mercedes-Benz V-Class and even keep fuel bills low.