2018 Mercedes-Benz Metris Minivan

2018 Mercedes-Benz Metris
2018 Mercedes-Benz Metris

Pros

  • Cargo area is larger than those of small-van competitors
  • Payload and towing ratings are at the top of small-van class
  • More maneuverable than full-size vans

Cons

  • More expensive than the budget-friendly competition
  • Premium fuel is required
Mercedes-Benz Metris years
2018


Which Metris does Edmunds recommend?

Picking a Metris comes down to selecting a version that best supports your business needs. The Worker versions are appealing because of their reduced pricing.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

3.5 / 5

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz Metris is unique because it's the only van on the market that's sized between small and full-size commercial vans. As such, the Sprinter offers enhanced capability compared to those small vans but a more maneuverable size than the larger full-size vans.

It features a no-nonsense and functional interior and is available in two overall configurations: cargo and passenger. Both configurations are available in different wheelbases and rear door configurations, and the passenger version can be equipped as a five-, seven- or eight-seater.

The cargo version is available with tie-downs, interior panels, and upfitter packages that are designed for the wear and tear of commercial transportation duty. And since it's a Mercedes, you can equip the Metris with an array of upscale features, including simulated leather upholstery, automatic climate control, blind-spot monitoring and lane departure warning.

There is one hurdle to ownership, though, and it's the price. If you're a fleet operator only interested in the bottom line, another small van might suit you better. But overall we think the Mercedes Metris provides enough value to justify its asking price.

Trim levels & features

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz Metris is available in four versions and can be outfitted for cargo duty (with a completely open space behind the front bucket seats) or as a five-, seven- or eight-seat passenger van. The Metris Cargo is the one with an expansive cargo area, while the Passenger fills that space with two rows of seating. There are also Worker Cargo and Worker Passenger versions that cost less than their non-Worker counterparts in exchange for a shorter list of available features. An extended-wheelbase version is offered for the Metris Cargo only.

Powering the Metris is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (208 horsepower, 258 pound-feet of torque) that drives the rear wheels through a seven-speed automatic transmission. Standard features include 17-inch steel wheels, automatic headlights, remote locking and unlocking, air conditioning, wheel-mounted shift paddles, Bluetooth, and a five-speaker audio system with a USB port.

Some additional standard features depend on which Metris you buy. A 5.8-inch color screen is included on standard models and optional on Worker models, which otherwise come with a simple monochrome display. Passenger and Worker Passenger models also get a rearview mirror, rear air conditioning and a nine-speaker audio system. All Metris vans have sliding rear doors. Farther back, you'll find 270-degree swing-out rear cargo doors standard on the Metris Cargo. All others get 180-degree rear cargo doors.

The list of available option packages for Worker Cargo is relatively short. You can get the Convenience package (automatic wipers, heated mirrors, a rearview camera, cruise control, the color display and LED cargo area lighting) and the Utility package (Convenience package plus roof rails, a rearview mirror, a leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel, a driver information display, a heated rear window, blind-spot monitoring, rails on the cargo floor and sides, and tie-downs).

On the Worker Passenger, there's also the Appearance package (Convenience package plus alloy wheels, body-colored bumpers, roof rails, a rear liftgate instead of the swing-out cargo doors, a heated rear window and simulated leather upholstery) and Comfort package (all contents of the Utility and Appearance packages plus power-sliding rear doors).

Options are broken apart into more cost-effective packages in the Cargo and Passenger models, allowing buyers to mix and match the features they want. Notable combinations include the Cold Weather package (heated front seats, a heated windshield washer system and an upgraded heater); the Premium Safety package (Utility package plus lane departure warning, forward collision warning and automated parallel parking); and the Driver Comfort package (a comfort-tuned suspension and upgraded seats with lumbar support).

Many of the options listed above are offered as stand-alone choices, as are a trailer hitch, rear privacy glass, chrome interior trim and a backup alarm. Mercedes' MasterUpfitter program allows buyers to further customize Metris Cargo vans to their business needs.

Trim tested

Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the 2017 Mercedes-Benz Metris Cargo (turbo 2.0L inline-4 | 7-speed automatic | FWD).

Driving

4
The Metris is easily the top performer in its class, with a strong engine, a smooth-shifting transmission and impressive brakes. It handles well, too.

Acceleration

4
The turbocharged 2.0-liter engine is energetic compared to what you'll find in other small cargo vans. Our test Metris zipped from zero to 60 mph in a quick 7.9 seconds. The seven-speed automatic offers Comfort, Eco and Manual shift modes.

Braking

4
During everyday driving, the Metris' brake pedal is progressive and easy to modulate. In our panic-braking test, the 4,200-pound Metris stopped from 60 mph in 119 feet, the best stopping distance in the segment.

Steering

4
The precise steering imbues this van with some nice qualities. It feels nimble around town and stable on the highway. We just wish the hard and seemingly unfinished plastic of the steering wheel was more pleasant to grip.

Handling

4
We don't set our handling expectations very high for cargo vans like the Metris. But the Metris is far from sloppy and even somewhat fun to wheel around, which makes city driving much less of a chore.

Drivability

4
The engine is responsive, and the transmission downshifts quickly to help slow the van smoothly to a stop. The optional auto stop-start system operates smoothly in the background. Crosswinds are noticeable despite the load-adaptive stability control with Crosswind Assist.

Comfort

3
Road and tire noise is pervasive on the freeway. Around town it's more forgivable. Comfort is otherwise commendable. The manually adjustable seats are comfortable enough for longer stints, the ride is agreeable, and the climate controls are easy to operate.

Seat comfort

4
Considering the simplicity of the driver's seat, it is surprisingly comfortable. There's a decent amount of lateral support for a cargo van. The basic manual seat adjustments, however, don't offer much personalization.

Ride comfort

4
The Metris is a fairly comfortable cruiser and handles road imperfections, both large and small, without complaint. We noticed little difference in ride quality between driving the van empty versus driving it filled with several hundred pounds of equipment.

Noise & vibration

2.5
As might be expected, the empty cargo area booms and rattles with road and tire noise. A thin floor and thin walls are to blame. In the wind it wooshes like a washing machine filling with water. Fill the space with gear and the drone diminishes considerably but not completely.

Climate control

4
Our test van was equipped with an optional automatic air-conditioning feature. Set the dial to a given temperature and lock the car. At unlock, the air conditioning cools the cabin in anticipation of your arrival without using the engine. The climate controls themselves are simple to use.

Interior

3.5
Most people will find it easy to climb into and out of this van. But there are seating position limitations once behind the wheel. Headroom and elbow room are ample. As can be expected from the Cargo model, the lack of windows reduces outward visibility, even with the available rearview camera.

Ease of use

4
The Metris uses switches we've seen in past Mercedes products, so most controls are straightforward and easy to use. The dials simplify functions where possible, though it could be argued that there are too many buttons alongside the navigation screen. All controls are easy to reach.

Getting in/getting out

4
The step-in height for this van is just 18.5 inches, which means that is as high as you have to lift a foot to get in. That puts the seat bottom at just the right height to slide in and out easily. The flat seat cushions help even more.

Driving position

3
The seat-to-steering wheel position will be awkward for some drivers, and the manual seat adjustments don't afford a ton of adjustment. The steering wheel tilts, but without the benefit of a telescopic adjustment, there is little opportunity to adjust the seat to your exact liking.

Roominess

4
The two front seats are the only obstacles to a completely open interior, so roominess is not a problem. Plenty of headroom and elbow room up front. If there is anything we'd like more of, it's legroom. A somewhat long dashboard and tall windshield add a sense of spaciousness for front passengers.

Visibility

3
The Metris Cargo is a panel van, which means no windows and poor visibility. A rearview camera is optional, but it's aimed too low, providing a visible range from the bumper to a few feet behind it. The front pillars are wide and create blind spots, an issue especially evident when turning.

Quality

4
Our Metris test van appeared well-built inside and out. We heard no squeaks or rattles aside from those inherent, and acceptable, in a vehicle built without soundproofing in mind. Frequently touched surfaces were of smooth material except for the rough-finished steering wheel.

Utility

5
Many features are available at additional cost to customize the cargo area, though small-item storage is limited. The same can be said for other cargo-specific vans. Overall, it's a very capable van for hauling and getting work done. In the area of utility, the Metris is as capable as its peers.

Small-item storage

3
Small-item storage is limited for front passengers. There are two in-dash bins, two cupholders, and clipboard-size cutouts on top of the dashboard.

Cargo space

4
The Metris offers cargo area features such as variable cargo tie-down positions, partitions and LED lighting. Its 186 cubic feet of cargo volume rises slightly on the extended-wheelbase version to 199 cubic feet. You can get a rear liftgate or swing-out rear cargo doors that open 270 degrees.

Towing

5
The Metris Cargo has a 5,000-pound towing capacity. There isn't another van in this segment that comes close. It is also prewired for trailer use and has a 3.46 axle ratio. A trailer hitch is sold as optional equipment.

Hauling

5
The Metris Cargo has a 2,502-pound payload capacity, while its peers have a 1,800-pound capacity or lower. It also has a best-in-class gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 6,724 pounds.

Technology

3
There is just enough technology in the Metris to get by. Nothing is cutting-edge. But for a workhorse cargo van, the Metris has about everything you'll need.

Audio & navigation

3
The Metris Cargo covers the basics: a 5.8-inch navigation screen, AM/FM radio, a USB port and auxiliary jack. The navigation functionality is of entry-level quality but feels sufficient in this application. The same can be said of the five-speaker audio system up front.

Smartphone integration

3
Bluetooth is standard in the Metris. Phone pairing is fairly logical, and it is easy enough to use the hands-free feature without too much distraction from the road.

Voice control

2.5
Our test vehicle did not have voice controls. Navigation voice controls are an option through the Multi-Function Wheel package, but they do not work for phone controls. Phone-based features such as Siri can be used as a work-around.

Top consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2018 Mercedes-Benz Metris.

So far ,so good!
Fredjgeiger,08/12/2018
Just had the van 1 1/2 weeks ( after waiting 8 months for my order to arrive) and quite happy after 300 miles. Comfort Is very good for a van- after all it's a Mercedes car with a metal box on It, instead of a car body. Decent handling and I got 28+ mpg at 60 miles an hour average on a country highway even though the motor should loosen up and Do even better. It doesn't feel like it is not broken in yet compared to several other new cars I have owned , but I'll take it easy on the gas pedal for at least another 500 miles. Very solid vehicle and nice to travel in. We noticed that a regular 80 mile trip seemed noticeably shorter with this Metris than our regular compact car.
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Features & Specs

MSRP
$33,900
MPG
20 city / 23 hwy
Seats 7
7-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
208 hp @ 5500 rpm
MSRP
$29,950
MPG
21 city / 24 hwy
Seats 2
7-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
208 hp @ 5500 rpm
MSRP
$25,995
MPG
21 city / 24 hwy
Seats 2
7-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
208 hp @ 5500 rpm
MSRP
$30,450
MPG
21 city / 24 hwy
Seats 2
7-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
208 hp @ 5500 rpm
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Safety

Our experts’ favorite Metris safety features:

Hill Start Assist
Prevents the Metris from rolling backward on a hill from a stop when the driver releases the brake and presses the accelerator.
Blind-Spot Assist
Displays a visual warning if a vehicle is in your blind spot. Sounds an alert if you move into a space occupied by another vehicle.
Collision Prevention Assist
Sounds an alert if the Metris is approaching the vehicle in front too quickly.

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More about the 2018 Mercedes-Benz Metris

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz Metris is a midsize cargo van that is larger than other small cargo vans yet offers similar city-friendly maneuverability. It can also be ordered as a passenger van if you'd rather use it for shuttling duties, an option that few of its rivals offer. As with most Mercedes vehicles, additional extras for the standard Passenger and Cargo models are spread throughout multiple option packages as well as stand-alone upgrades. Lower-priced Worker versions of these two models are structured differently, with options bundled into a smaller number of packages.

The Metris is offered in two-seat Cargo and five-, seven- or eight-seat Passenger models. Each is available in standard or Worker trim levels. All four combinations share the same basic features and robust turbocharged four-cylinder engine, which is considerably more powerful than those in competing vans. Standard features are lacking compared to what you'll find in other Mercedes vehicles but are right in line by segment standards. They include automatic headlights, remote locking and unlocking, air conditioning and Bluetooth.

Many more features are available and are grouped into different packages, depending on which configuration you start out with. Generally, Worker models have a lower base price and fewer choices than the standard models. Only a few exterior colors are available, and features are grouped into two to three pricey packages. The standard Passenger and Cargo models carry a higher sticker but offer a greater degree of customization, and additional features are grouped into a larger number of reasonably priced packages.

Although many extras are available for all Metris models, there are a few unique options for Passenger and Cargo models. Cargo versions can be ordered with 270-degree swing-out cargo doors (the doors are flush with the body when fully open), cargo rails with anchors, a refrigeration prep package, and storage solutions via the MasterUpfitter program. Passenger models are eligible for power-sliding rear doors, automatic climate control, and seating for five, seven or eight.

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz Metris is slightly more expensive than competitors in Worker form, while standard models are dearer still. But the Metris is also larger than its contemporaries, the engine is more powerful, and its payload and towing capabilities are greater. Materials and build quality also feel superior to what you'll find in rivals. If you believe the Metris' benefits are worth the extra cost, use Edmunds' peerless shopping tools to find your perfect cargo or passenger van.

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