As we all know, Mercedes is synonymous with luxury, and for producing German-engineered prestige cars with a high price tag. It might surprise you to know that they also have various 7 seater Mercedes models that are more suited to the family buyer. We’ll quickly run through the pros and cons of the three most popular seven seat Merc’s to help you find the best car for your family.
Mercedes 7 Seater ‘M’ Class 4×4
The Mercedes Benz M Class is a midsize luxury vehicle that was first produced in the year of 1997. It is said to be of a medium-size in comparison to the larger GL-Class and the smaller GLK-class. In US terms it is a 4-door sport utility vehicle (SUV) that is a handy family car. Mercedes-Benz planned to launch the first generation of M class cars (W163 series) in 1997 in the United States. It had seats for five or seven persons with an additional third-row seat. Though it was a seven seated model with two seats in an optional row, the seats were not very comfortable for adults. The redesigned next generation of Mercedes M Class (the W164 series) was launched in the market on April, 2005.
Third Generation (W166)- The W166 generation of Mercedes M class 4×4 car is the most recent version of the M class. It was launched to the market in September 2011. A redesigned and increased size of the rear seat has been implemented along with the rear back-rests that can be adjusted. This 7-seater version of Mercedes Benz provides improved and affordable fuel economy, 4WD, centre-differential lock and skid plates. Clearly this is a plush yet very capable vehicle for use both as a family car, and a versatile off-road tool for all weathers.
This car has been significantly revised and upgraded to face the considerable criticisms that have been raised in previous models. In our opinion it has addressed these successfully, and the platform of this series of cars is newly designed and larger than their earlier counterparts. It has already earned popularity for its handy automated self-parking system and night vision available in the 2012 and 2013 M Class Mercs. New models have a price tag of an eye-watering £43,000.
The Sleek Mercedes Benz E Class Estate
The Mercedes Benz E-class Estate seven-seater is a sleek and elegant powerhouse of German engineering. It is highly pleasant to drive this excellent seven seater car thanks to its superbly-finished and comfortable interior. This high-powered car has an admirable performance and has an on the road price of around £32,000. It is important to take note of the standardized features of E class Mercedes Benz rather than looking at its high price tag. For example it provides you push button start, 140 cm in height, extremely practical load capacity, high fuel efficiency and is a great Mercedes 7 seater.
The E-Class adds an easy-pack quick-fold configuration in which you have to use only one finger to fold the row in the middle. You will get 1950 litres of luggage space along with electronic opening of the boot and you do not need to struggle with holding shopping bags any more. It will tidily tuck away hordes of luggage or child paraphernalia in its cavernous boot. It will give you high fuel efficiency for both diesel and petrol engines. All models come with electric adjustment of seats and this 7 Seater Mercedes is praised for its insulated cabin where any wind noise can hardly be heard.
The Large Mercedes Benz Viano
The Mercedes Benz Viano 7 seater combines style, practicality, luxury and smooth economic engines. The flexibility of seven seats provides you comfort as well as support. The 7 seater Mercedes Benz Viano may be turned into an eight seat people carrier when 3 seats are fitted in the rear. All rear seats slide and can face each other. They can also be folded for increased space and loading capacity.
It has a new on the road price of around £32,000 in 2013, but it has to be said the engines are low on carbon emissions. The Mercedes Benz Viano includes both quality and attention in detailing, and could be considered a luxury people carrier. The Viano 7-seater is an economical car to run in terms of insurance and servicing. It has achieved a 5 star NCAP rating as it provides a vast array of stability control and airbags for your safety. This car has a leather interior and can carry all seven of your family at one time.