Mercedes T-Class test: on the wheels of a premium MPV

Madame Mercedes is pleased to introduce her baptized daughter T, who was born in France and is Kangoo’s cousin. Yes, it’s his “daughter”. For simple marketing reasons, Mercedes claims the feminine character of this novelty, while it’s all about Ludospace. It’s like we’re talking about potential competitors Berlingo, Kangoo or Caddy. But, according to the thinkers of the brand with the stars, “the” T-Class should be called the same as a sedan, the C-Class or the S-Class… it basically doesn’t matter. Calling it or the T-Class won’t change the face of the world, nevertheless this new Mercedes is a very practical family car that shares a lot with the Kangoo. However, unlike previous versions of Renault, which were ‘simply’ modified to receive the Mercedes logo, this product was developed jointly by the two manufacturers. In short, a German company that rarely cites Renault indicates that it is a true Mercedes. Then with rear-wheel drive and large motors? Let’s not exaggerate. Produced at the Renault plant in Maubeuge, France, the T-Class contains many unique elements. This is the case for the bonnet, front and rear bumpers, optics, front fenders and rims. You also benefit from an articulated roof rail, like the Kangoo, that transforms into a transverse roof bar in seconds without tools (optionally €360). The same story on board: the panel has been completely redesigned from the instrument cluster to the vents, and the 7-inch touchscreen incorporates a high-end “own” MBUX multimedia system. “Hey Mercedes” voice command and is not shared with Renault’s Easy Link interface. In the process, it reduces manpower (automatic two-zone air conditioning and “hands-free” access/start not standard) and finishes to enrich the options catalog. is improved so- called a premium customer. Better than riding a Volkswagen caddy? There is a game. Mercedes, which has been present from the beginning of the project, has a steering wheel with tactile buttons, its own front seats with longer cushions, and safety aspects. could install a central front airbag to prevent occupants from being pinched in the event of a crash.The “T” also adopts an automatic deactivation system for the front right front airbag that can detect the presence of a child seat EuroNCAP Details that could contribute to Mercedes getting the 5 stars it hoped for in crash tests, whereas Kangoo only got 4. The basics of the MPV world are there too. The passenger space is still user-friendly and offers an impressive sense of space, It offers enough roof clearance to transport the giraffe, everything from the sliding side doors to the rear seat backrests that form a flat floor and increase the luggage capacity from at least 520 liters to 2,390 liters are practical: bicycles, strollers, Swedish furniture, Everything seems to fit in this trunk: garden tools or mother-in-law, this trunk optionally replaces the XXL tailgate with two hinged doors (American refrigerator style) 95 and 116 horsepower just behind the grill at the opposite extreme has a 1.5 liter diesel engine from France, which essentially runs 1.3 liters. A robot developed in partnership, specifically for Mégane and Class A that operates under the hood, extracts 131 hp and is called the 7G-DCT (+ €2,520). It can be combined with a dual-clutch 7-speed gearbox, which during our tests was more than 7 l/100 km. It turned out to be pleasant if the smokeless did not shine in its swallowed, restrained state. The transmission is very smooth and often imperceptible to gear changes, and the performance meets expectations. The chassis harmonizes with a Mercedes-specific setup and several elements (shock-absorbing springs and stabilizer bars). The T-Class rolls less than the Kangoo in curves, providing dynamism and uncompromising comfort. Damping can look a bit stiff at low speeds, especially with the 17″ rims with a Progressive finish, but it compensates well. for a normal gait. This may not be “real” Mercedes road service, but the T-Class is positioned as the benchmark for MPVs in terms of driving pleasure. It is also most expensive when assets are plentiful. Pricing policies tailored to your home, significant penalties for gasoline, and scope will evolve. The T-Class will receive 100% electric motorization by the end of 2023 and an elongated version that can accommodate seven seats. Testing the Mercedes T-Class – Our opinion: Mercedes insists on this segment historically dedicated to practical and affordable cars. Practical but stingy with expensive and comfortable gear, the T-Class inherits many of the Kangoo’s characteristics and improves road performance to better compete with the VW Caddy. On-going presentation and generous Safety equipment Practical aspects We like less Shabby equipment Cost-effective T180 7G-DCT technology seat (Mercedes Classe T 180 7G-DCT Progressive) Engine: front, transverse, 4-cylinder, petrol, turbo, direct injection, Variable valve timing, 16 valves, 1,332 cc, DPF Transmission: front wheel, robotic, 7-speed Power (hp at rpm): 5,000 to 131 Torque (Nm at rpm): 1,600 to 240 Air mass (kg): 1,740 length. x width. x height. (m): 4.50×1.81×1.86 Wheelbase (m): 2.72 Turning diameter (m): 11.2 Maximum speed (km/h): 184 0 to 100 km/h(s): 11.6 Standard tires: 205/55 R 17 Test tire: Continental EcoContact 6 Conso. Mixed WLTP (l/100km): 6.6 – 7.3 CO2 (g/km): 150 – 165 Bonus: €983 – 3,119 5/2 Boots (l): 520/2,390 Elbow Width Front/Back (cm): 152/153 Rear legroom (cm): 69 Fuel tank (l): 54 Country of manufacture: France Warranty: 2 years/unlimited mileage Horsepower: 7 hp Base price: €32,312 Test version price: €37,333 (includes automatic gearbox and options) SUGGESTED RANGE (Mercedes T-Class) petrol, 131 hp, €29,712 – €32,312 diesel, 95 hp – 116 hp, €30,512 – 34 €412 RECOMMENDED OPTIONS-free access/starting free access/starting: €480 Heated front seats: €404 automatic Air conditioning: €401 code change/auto headlights: €216 Major competitor Volkswagen Caddy Life, TSI 114 DSG, from €35,920 Renault Kangoo, TCe 130 BVA, from €31,000 Toyota Proace City Verso , VVT-i 130 BVA, from €26,660 Mercedes News, as seen on auto-moto.com: Mercedes C-Class 220d All Test Drives -Field: How much is an adventurer station wagon worth? 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