2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Worker

2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Worker
2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Worker

What’s new

  • The 2018 Sprinter Worker range is now limited to the cargo model
  • Four-cylinder engine is no longer available
  • Part of the second Sprinter generation introduced for 2007

Pros

  • Interior space is unmatched, with true walk-through cabin
  • More affordable than other Sprinters
  • Pretty maneuverable for its size
  • Fuel-efficient turbodiesel engine

Cons

  • Diesel engines lack punch compared to brawnier rivals
  • Tow ratings aren't as high as those on some rival vans
  • Limited features, options and paint colors


Which Sprinter Worker does Edmunds recommend?

There's not much to figure out when buying a Sprinter Worker, at least from the factory. Opting for the Convenience package is a good idea since it includes upgraded mirrors, cruise control and a multifunction steering wheel.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

3 / 5

Businesspeople all know one thing: If you can get the same functionality and reliability for less, get that option. In the cargo van world, the 2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Worker is just that option. It features the same cavernous cargo bay and 3.0-liter V6 turbodiesel engine as the Sprinter. The difference is that Mercedes slims down the Worker's option packages and features to make it easier to manufacture and sell.

The standard Sprinter is available in a rainbow of colors, has an available all-wheel-drive system, and multiple length and roof height configurations. The Worker, in contrast, comes in white, is rear-wheel-drive only, and can be had in just three body configurations. There's also no passenger or wagon version of the Worker. With any of the three setups, the Worker features a 3,501-pound payload rating and 5,000-pound tow rating. For customization, Mercedes offers just two option packages.

Deciding on whether the Sprinter Worker is right for you comes down to your needs. If there's a Worker version that works for you, it's a great way to save some money. Otherwise, you'll likely need to get the regular Sprinter for full access to Mercedes' customization options.

Trim levels & features

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Worker is a full-size cargo van available in two wheelbase lengths. The short-wheelbase (144-inch) version can be had with either the standard roof or a high-roof option. The long-wheelbase (170-inch) model comes with the high roof only. All are powered by a 3.0-liter diesel V6 (188 horsepower, 325 pound-feet of torque) and a five-speed automatic.

Standard equipment includes 16-inch steel wheels, 180-degree-opening rear doors, a passenger-side sliding door, air conditioning, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, front cupholder, front-seat armrests, Bluetooth, a rearview camera, a 5.8-inch center display, and a sound system with an auxiliary audio jack and USB port.

Highlights of the options list include cargo rails, hardboard side paneling, and three packages for the cargo van. The Convenience package includes heated side mirrors, cruise control, automatic wipers, a multifunction steering wheel and trailer pre-wiring. The Utility package includes Convenience package items and adds a wood cargo floor and LED cargo lights, among other features.

Many upfitter options — such as interior racks, partitions and roof racks — are also available and can be installed by your local dealer.

Trim tested

Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our drive of the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2500 144 WB Passenger w/High Roof (turbo 3.0L V6 diesel | 5-speed automatic | RWD).

NOTE: The Sprinter that was tested has accoutrements and features for passenger transport, but our findings remain broadly applicable to this year's Sprinter Worker.

Driving

3
The turbocharged six-cylinder diesel engine is a bit slow to get up to speed. Low-speed maneuvers create some challenges for this big rig.

Acceleration

2
This 6,000-pound van did 0-60 mph in 11.5 seconds. The 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6 doesn't feel powerful off the line, but once up to speed it's pretty easy to maintain the truck's forward momentum.

Braking

2.5
The Sprinter slowed from 60 mph in 138 feet during our emergency panic-stop test. The brakes remained consistent in feel and performance during testing, as well as out on the road in typical driving.

Steering

3
The steering is precise considering the van's purpose as a pure people-mover. The effort is heavy enough to feel steady on the highway yet light enough for parking lot duty.

Handling

2.5
The Sprinter is relatively narrow considering how tall it is. Taking sharp turns at speed is not this van's forte. An assertive stability control system lends a hand if it senses the van going beyond its limits.

Drivability

4
Despite its dimensions, this conference room on wheels is easy to drive. Tight parking lots can create some stress because of its size, and the modest backup camera is only somewhat helpful.

Comfort

3
Passenger comfort is a priority for the Sprinter. Occupants will find ample space to spread out. The seats are reasonably comfortable over long distances. The ride quality improves as the passenger head count increases.

Seat comfort

3
The driving position is upright, but the seats are comfy even during longer drives. The rear seats provide ample leg-, hip- and headroom.

Ride comfort

3
Without question, rearmost passengers will find the Sprinter's ride bouncier than those up front. Still, it's perfectly acceptable whether empty or fully occupied.

Interior

3.5
The Sprinter Worker offer lots of room for people and cargo. Driver aids exist to help maneuver the van in tight quarters. But parking still remains a challenge with such a big vehicle.

Ease of use

3
All controls are within reach of the driver and functionally intuitive. This is an older version of the Mercedes COMAND system, so the layout is simple.

Getting in/getting out

2.5
The Sprinter has a step leading into it, which is necessary considering it sits so high off the ground. The doors are large, so some folks may find them a bit heavy to open and close.

Roominess

5
The front seats fit most body types fine. Farther back, the large bench seats offer lots of leg- and headroom. Only then does hiproom get tight.

Visibility

3
The massive windows, an optional parking aid system and a rearview camera serve as needed driver aids. That said, there are still several blind spots with this large van.

Quality

4
The build quality on our test Sprinter was commendable. We didn't hear any squeaks or rattles. It was solid and true to the level of build quality we expect from Mercedes-Benz.

Utility

4
Especially in cargo or crew configuration, this is one of the most utilitarian vans available. Whether running a contracting business or a professional mountain biking team, the Sprinter will carry your stuff. But some rival vans can tow more.

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Features & Specs

MSRP
$38,795
MPG
N/A city / N/A hwy
Seats 2
5-speed shiftable automatic
Diesel
188 hp @ 3800 rpm
MSRP
$33,995
MPG
N/A city / N/A hwy
Seats 2
5-speed shiftable automatic
Diesel
188 hp @ 3800 rpm
MSRP
$36,495
MPG
N/A city / N/A hwy
Seats 2
5-speed shiftable automatic
Diesel
188 hp @ 3800 rpm
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Safety

Our experts’ favorite Sprinter Worker safety features:

Load-Adaptive Stability Control
Factors in vehicle load and center of gravity and can brake individual wheels and reduce engine power to stabilize the van if wheelspin is detected.
Crosswind Assist
Can apply brakes to stabilize the van and keep on course during strong, gusting crosswinds.
Lane Keeping Assist
Monitors lane markings and sends visual and audible warnings if the driver drifts from the lane.

Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Worker vs. the competition

2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Worker

2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Worker

2018 Ford Transit Van

2018 Ford Transit Van

Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Worker vs. Ford Transit Van

The standard-wheelbase low-roof Sprinter Worker is larger, holds more cargo, and has a roomier passenger area than a comparable 148-inch, low-roof Transit 250. The Sprinter Worker is bare-bones, though. The Transit offers more customization possibility.

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Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Worker vs. Ram ProMaster Cargo Van

If you plan on spending hours at a time behind the wheel of a cargo van, you might like the Sprinter more because it is a little more comfortable. Both vans are nearly tied for towing capacity.

Compare Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Worker & Ram ProMaster Cargo Van features

Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Worker vs. Nissan NV Cargo

Low roof to low roof, the Sprinter Worker has a much larger cargo space. The NV's advantage, though, lies in the ability to equip it with a V8 engine or a high roof for less than the base cost of the Worker. The Sprinter is more fuel-efficient.

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2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Worker for Sale

Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Worker 2018 144" WB Cargo 3dr Van (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 5A)
New 2018
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Worker
144" WB Cargo
MSRP$41,250
Est.Loan: $736/mo
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Dealer Notes
6-Cylinder Engine/5-Speed Transmission (12V/100 Amp Battery and 14 V/220A Alternator), 4-Wheel Disc Brakes, 5 Front Audio Speakers, 5 Speakers, 6.5J x 16 Steel Wheels, ABS brakes, Air Conditioning, AM/FM radio, Axle Ratio: 3.92, Bodyside moldings, Brake assist, Bucket Seats, Driver door bin, Driver's Seat Mounted Armrest, Dual front impact airbags, Dual front side impact airbags, Electronic Stability Control, Exterior Parking Camera Rear, Front anti-roll bar, Front Bucket Seats, Front wheel independent suspension, Illuminated entry, Low tire pressure warning, Outside temperature display, Overhead airbag, Overhead console, Passenger door bin, Passenger seat mounted armrest, Power steering, Power windows, Radio: Audio 15 AM/FM, Rear anti-roll bar, Remote keyless entry, Tachometer, Telescoping steering wheel, Tilt steering wheel, Traction control, and Tunja Seat Upholstery. *Your additional costs are sales tax, tag and title fees for the state in which the vehicle will be registered, $925 freight (all new Mercedes-Benz models), any dealer-installed options (if applicable) and a $299 dealer processing fee (not required by law). Pricing and incentives may vary if vehicle is leased. Prices are subject to change, and prior sales are excluded from these offers. While every reasonable effort is made to ensure the accuracy of this information, we are not responsible for any errors or omissions contained on these pages. Please verify any information in question with the dealer. *Your additional costs are sales tax, tag and title fees for the state in which the vehicle will be registered, $995 freight (all new Sprinter models), any dealer-installed options (if applicable) and a $299 dealer processing fee. Pricing and incentives may vary if vehicle is leased. Prices are subject to change, and prior sales are excluded from these offers. While every reasonable effort is made to ensure the accuracy of this information, we are not responsible for any errors or omissions contained on these pages. Please verify any information in question with the dealer.
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Worker 2018 144" WB Cargo w/High Roof 3dr Van (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 5A)
New 2018
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Worker
144" WB Cargo w/High Roof
MSRP$42,992
Est.Loan: $767/mo
View Details
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Worker 2018 144" WB Cargo 3dr Van (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 5A)
New 2018
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Worker
144" WB Cargo
MSRP$44,020
Est.Loan: $785/mo
View Details
Dealer Notes
6-Cylinder Engine/5-Speed Transmission (12V/100 Amp Battery and 14 V/220A Alternator), 4-Wheel Disc Brakes, 5 Front Audio Speakers, 5 Speakers, 6.5J x 16 Steel Wheels, ABS brakes, Air Conditioning, AM/FM radio, Axle Ratio: 3.92, Bodyside moldings, Brake assist, Bucket Seats, Driver door bin, Driver's Seat Mounted Armrest, Dual front impact airbags, Dual front side impact airbags, Electronic Stability Control, Exterior Parking Camera Rear, Front anti-roll bar, Front Bucket Seats, Front wheel independent suspension, Illuminated entry, Low tire pressure warning, Outside temperature display, Overhead airbag, Overhead console, Passenger door bin, Passenger seat mounted armrest, Power steering, Power windows, Radio: Audio 15 AM/FM, Rear anti-roll bar, Remote keyless entry, Tachometer, Telescoping steering wheel, Tilt steering wheel, Traction control, and Tunja Seat Upholstery. *Your additional costs are sales tax, tag and title fees for the state in which the vehicle will be registered, $925 freight (all new Mercedes-Benz models), any dealer-installed options (if applicable) and a $299 dealer processing fee (not required by law). Pricing and incentives may vary if vehicle is leased. Prices are subject to change, and prior sales are excluded from these offers. While every reasonable effort is made to ensure the accuracy of this information, we are not responsible for any errors or omissions contained on these pages. Please verify any information in question with the dealer. *Your additional costs are sales tax, tag and title fees for the state in which the vehicle will be registered, $995 freight (all new Sprinter models), any dealer-installed options (if applicable) and a $299 dealer processing fee. Pricing and incentives may vary if vehicle is leased. Prices are subject to change, and prior sales are excluded from these offers. While every reasonable effort is made to ensure the accuracy of this information, we are not responsible for any errors or omissions contained on these pages. Please verify any information in question with the dealer.

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More about the 2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Worker

A Mercedes cargo 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 2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Worker, a van with impressive variations of body style and unmatched interior space.

This back-to-basics cargo van is available in two wheelbase lengths with a choice of regular and high-roof heights. Exceptional versatility and a multitude of cargo solutions from upfitters and aftermarket suppliers are matched by the Sprinter Worker's tried-and-true turbocharged V6 diesel paired to a five-speed automatic. It's not a particularly spirited combination from a standstill, but once up to speed, it offers 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 the 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 either of the two optional packages for the trailer connection plug. The packages also provide for cruise control and wood paneling in the cargo area.

Still, 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.

2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Worker Overview

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Worker is offered in the following submodels: Sprinter Worker Van. Available styles include 170" WB Cargo w/High Roof 3dr Van (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 5A), 144" WB Cargo 3dr Van (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 5A), and 144" WB Cargo w/High Roof 3dr Van (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 5A).

What do people think of the 2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Worker?

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