A Mercedes work or passenger van might sound a bit over the top, akin to Rolex offering a line of pocket knives. But once you get past the traditional perceptions of the badge, and learn that Mercedes trucks and vans are ubiquitous in Europe's commercial working world, the idea no longer seems so odd. That's especially true of the 2017 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Worker, a van with impressive variations of body style and unmatched interior space.
Both passenger and cargo vans are available in two wheelbase lengths with a choice of regular and high roof heights. Cargo room can reach more than 400 cubic feet. Exceptional versatility and a multitude of cargo solutions from upfitters and aftermarket suppliers are matched by the Sprinter Worker's choice of two powertrains: a turbocharged four-cylinder diesel paired with a seven-speed automatic transmission and a turbocharged V6 diesel paired to a five-speed automatic. Neither is a particularly spirited combination from a standstill, but once up to speed, both pairings offer enough torque to keep the Sprinter humming, if not exactly dashing, on the highway.
The Sprinter Worker comes in a single regular-duty 2500 version with a set of basic amenities for driver and front passenger. Beyond that, all else is optional. Buyers who plan to tow or use a Sprinter Worker cargo van in hilly, graded or mountainous areas will want the V6 powertrain simply for its 325 pound-feet of torque. For others, perhaps those running a delivery, light-trade or transportation service in city centers, the four-cylinder should suffice.
There are legitimate reasons to consider the Sprinter Worker's rivals. At least one is available with a V8 and rated to tow almost twice what the Sprinter Worker can handle. (If the Sprinter Worker has an Achilles' heel, it's the relatively modest 5,000-pound maximum tow rating.) But if you don't view a Mercedes badge as an extravagance, let Edmunds guide your search for the ideal Sprinter Worker van.
Edmunds attended a manufacturer-sponsored event, to which selected members of the press were invited, to facilitate this report.