Toyota Vellfire vs Mercedes-Benz V-Class comparison in terms of specs, dimensions, features and more
The luxury minivan segment is seeing some activity in recent times even though they are targeted at a niche customer base, mostly involving corporates and tourism business. The Kia Carnival strikes the right balance between affordability and opulence for a vehicle of this size and category.
The Toyota Vellfire is the latest entrant in the segment and comes at an introductory price of Rs 79.50 lakh while its direct rival, the Mercedes-Benz V-Class has a starting price of Rs 68.40 lakh. The prices are ex-showroom and both vehicles are CBU. Here is a detailed comparison between either luxury minivan (or MPV in the Indian context):
The Toyota Vellfire is available only in a single Executive Lounge trim. It gets a 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol-hybrid setup that is coupled to a front-wheel-biased all-wheel-drive powertrain. The IC engine by itself makes 115bhp and 198Nm of torque. The hybrid system comes in the form of two motors on either axle. The motor at the front contributes 140bhp while the one behind is good for 67bhp. Combined, the Toyota Vellfire can produce well over 200bhp. This is mated to a CVT unit.
|Specifications||Toyota Vellfire||Mercedes-Benz V-Class|
|Engine||2.5-litre i4 hybrid||2.0-litre i4 diesel|
|Power (bhp)||200+ (combined)||163/239|
|Torque (Nm)||198Nm (engine)||380/500|
The Mercedes-Benz V-Class comes with a 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel engine that makes 163bhp and 380Nm of torque, in the 220d format. The higher 300d trim (in which the V-Class Marco Polo luxury campervan comes) employs a newer 2.0-litre diesel mill that churns out 239bhp and 500Nm. The initial BS4 220d variants debuted with a 7-speed automatic transmission while the newer BS6 line has a 9-speed automatic. Power is sent to the front wheels.
Dimensions, Space & Weight
Minivans are generally huge compared to a conventional MPV. In this regard, the Toyota Vellfire spans almost five metres in length while its width and height are well over 1.8 metres. The wheelbase is exactly three metres. The vehicle can seat seven even though six passengers would have the best time. The Vellfire has a kerb weight of 2,815kg.
|Dimensions (mm)||Toyota Vellfire||Mercedes-Benz V-Class|
Coming to the Mercedes-Benz V-Class, the exterior dimensions are higher. The LWB Elite and Exclusive variants span 5,140mm in length while the figure rises to 5,370mm for the Extra LWB Expression avatar. Height and width stand at 1,880mm and 1,928mm, respectively, for both. The wheelbase, on the other hand, reads at 3.20m and 3.43m for LWB and Extra LWB variants, respectively. The Mercedes-Benz V-Class has a kerb weight of 2,140kg and 2,452kg for the ‘long’ and ‘longer’ avatars. The minivan is available in both six- and seven-seater configurations.
Being CBU luxury minivans or MPVs, both the Toyota Vellfire and Mercedes-Benz V-Class packs a lot on the inside. As mentioned before, the Vellfire comes in only one trim while the V-Class is available in four avatars. Hence, a direct comparison of features would not be that easy. Here is a brief analysis of the basic comfort and convenience features available in either vehicle.
The Toyota Vellfire gets power-adjustable front and rear seats, Ottoman recliner seats in the middle, three-zone climate control, dual sunroof, rear-seat entertainment unit with WiFi and HDMI connectivity; memory seats, 17-speaker JBL audio, ventilated seats, ambient illumination, VIP spotlight, 360-camera and more. At least in the middle-row, the Vellfire is arguably more luxurious.
The base variant of the Mercedes-Benz V-Class is no match for the Vellfire’s opulence. The higher trims of the German minivan can be equipped with a table on the inside since the passengers at the second and third rows face each other. Burmester premium 15-speaker audio system is an optional extra. In the safety and assist department, the V-Class has the upper edge with systems such as Pre-Safe, Active Parking Assist, Attention Assist, etc.