Never in eleventy billion years did a once young and semi sorta sassy twenty- year-old- me ever imagine I would be about to say this out loud, but yo… I’m in love with a people mover van!
Nope, I didn’t trip on kid’s school bags and bang my head, nor do I have some kind of post school holiday PTSD. I’m not even dosed up on mummy’s coping cordial right now, I am being dead set fair dinkum when I tell you that I have fallen in love with a flashy new Mercedes Benz Valente people mover.
OK before you dismiss me as showing symptoms of pre menstrual, pre menopausal or pre midlife crisis, let it be known I am none of the above. But to prove my sanity, let me take you back a few weeks to when I was asked by Mercedes if I would like to test drive one of their new models for the blog.
The email went bing in my inbox and I quickly scanned the preview screen before seeing the words Mercedes-Benz and then squealing at the top of my lungs to anyone nearby… (which, for the record was only the two dogs and a neighbour who was kind enough to text me to see if I was ok)
“I’m gonna drive a Mercedes. I’m gonna drive a Mercedes”.
Of course I immediately launched into role play mode where I stare off into the distance and picture myself doing whatever it is I’m going to be doing… in this case I was driving a flashy Mercedes through the Northern Beaches, soundtrack playing on the radio (some kind of sexy R&B number), long blonde hair blowing in the breeze (I have medium length multi colour balayage hair but whatevs) and leaving lock jaws and green eyes in my wake as I slide into pole position at school drop off.
You get the picture right?
I mean this is a Mercedes people. It’s HOT!
I did what any self respecting bloggy wife would do - I rang my husband to brag.
“Guess what” I told him before he could even get his hello out.
“I have no idea Sonia, what?” he likes to humour me.
“I’mgonnatestdriveaMercedesImgonnabethecoolestofthecoolmumsinthewholeofthebeachesandeveryonesgonnaseemeandwannabemecauseImgonnabeinaMercedes” was my excited response.
Did you get that?
No either did he.
Once I did manage to slow down my speech a little and explain what all the fuss was about, my husband was suitably impressed.
“Wow, that’s cool. So what model?” He enquired.
“I don’t know… a Mercedes model” I said.
“Ahh there’s quite a few Mercedes models Sonia” he calmly explained. “Which one is it?”
I quickly looked back at the email and scanned through all the words…
Ummmm,,,Mercedes…Blogger…new Valente… test drive… Mercedes… sponsored post… You are going to be so cool Sonia… (OK I may have added that last bit in myself)
“AHA” I declared triumphantly. ”A People Mover”
Cue the riotous laughter on the other end of the line.
Alright, so admittedly a family people mover doesn't quite fit the sexy image I had in my head of me cruising the beaches in a Mercedes. But stay with me people - the story doesn't end here.
So we arrived at the dealer ship to pick up this car and I’m gonna have to be honest and tell you that the excitement levels had waned just a wee bit since my first reaction, because ummm… people mover!
However, from the moment we pulled into the car yard and spied the gorgeous metallic gold voluptuous vehicle waiting there for us looking all shiny and big and shiny and Mercedes like - I got this fluttery feeling somewhere under my ribcage and I knew we were going to get one very well me and that fancy people mover.
This Mercedes-Benz Valente goddess we have in our possession is sleek and she’s sexy… but in a Kim Kardashian booty pride kind of way.
She has bells and whistles and bells upon whistles and she practically drives herself whilst you sit there feeling all totally safe and looking totally cool.
Different things appeal to different people when it comes to cars right?
Well I have to tell you that this powerful 8 seater family van has something to get everyone swooning.
Let’s work the list.
Mercedes-Benz is notoriously meticulous when it comes to passenger safety in their vehicles and whilst I’m not going to pretend that I know all of the technical features and names and how they all work, I can tell you that this beautiful van is packed full of safety features and then some, with a 5 Star ANCAP safety rating.
There’s a full complement of airbags for the driver and all passengers. With standard features including ABS Brakes, a Reversing Camera with guidelines to direct you, Crosswind Assist and Attention Assist Fatigue monitoring - all of which help to ensure you and your precious people cargo are safe as well as the other drivers you are sharing the road with.
There are built in child restraints on all passenger seats, child locks on the automatic easy access dual side doors, side steps for entry, rear reverse camera, flexible seating configurations, cupholders, food holders, stowage nets and enough room for kids to spread out so they don’t invade arm territory or “hog all the air”.
Luxury, practicality and Comfort?
Check, check and check!
I’m not even kidding when I tell you that driving in this car is like travelling first class. Actually I stole that description from my 14 year old.
There are eight full-sized super comfy seats with the option of an additional seat - taking it to nine. NINE seats!! AND with room leftover to fit everything your family needs for a day out into the boot.
It has adjustable arm rests, leg room that stretches on forever, iPod and Bluetooth, leather steering wheel, cruise control, climate controlled air conditioning, LED lighting, automatic dual sliding doors and that distinctive prestigious logo smack bang on the front of the van that makes you feel very very special.
It drives like a car rather than a van of its size and it has a unique Mercedes-Benz Adaptive ESP system thingamajig that can detect the weight distribution of your passengers and compensate accordingly in an emergency situation like an accident.
That’s pretty space age kind of cool in my humble and completely non educated car opinion.
OK, so let’s get down to the business end of this post and talk some numbers yeah?!.
When I asked about the price tag on this car I was ready to have some big figures thrown at me and I was pretty sure I would be writing this gorgeous machine off as ‘out of our league’… Well I stand corrected because seeing as it’s priced from $64,982 driveway it is seriously nowhere near as expensive as I was expecting a van of this calibre to be.
Look, I’m not usually one to get all in a fuss over cars… or at least I wasn’t until now, but this Mercedes-Benz Valente has done something to me you guys.
I mean we spend sooo much time driving our kids from here to there and back again, we deserve to drive something nice, right?
So I’m SOLD!
Oh alright, so theoretically ‘SOLD’ is not exactly true given the car is only on loan to me until they remember to ask for it back, but the new Mercedes-Benz Valente is officially now at the very top of my lust list.
This kids love it.
The hubby loves it.
The Grandparents love it.
The dogs love it.
I love ME in it.
Now if only I can convince the guys at Mercedes that they really shouldn't take her away from such a loving home.
One can dream right?!
You can get all the information on all the bells and whistles of the new Valente over at theMercedes-Benz website here and if you are in the market for a new family car, I HIGHLY recommend you get yourself off to a Mercedes-Benz dealer and test drive one of these gorgeous machines for yourself.
Right, so now where do I hide this thing?
*Ahem* I have a Mercedes on loan? Noooo. I have to give what back?
Are you in the market for a new car? Ever driven a Mercedes?