2017 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
- Interior space is unmatched with true walk-through cabin
- Offers hundreds of configurations and features
- Pretty maneuverable for its size
- Diesel engines are fuel-efficient
- Price tag is higher than average
- Engines can also seem underpowered at highway speeds
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Which Sprinter does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
Overall rating3 / 5
A Mercedes badge on a passenger or work van may seem extravagant, but make no mistake: The 2017 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter is all business. Although it costs more than its Ford, Nissan and Ram rivals, the Sprinter is not a luxury vehicle and is far removed from its S-Class and GLS-Class stablemates. The only thing pretentious about this workhorse van might be the three-pointed star on its grille.
The Sprinter offers impressive body-style variations and unmatched interior space. Both passenger and cargo vans are available in two lengths and with a choice of regular and high roof heights. The cargo van even offers an extra-high roof option. There's also optional four-wheel drive if you think you need extra traction for wet weather or light-duty off-road trails.
From behind the wheel, the Sprinter's unfettered view of the road and SUV-like driving position help you maneuver it more easily than its jumbo proportions suggest, even in tight quarters. In fact, if there's any weak link, it's the relatively modest performance under the hood. Although both the standard four-cylinder diesel engine and the optional diesel V6 provide ample punch around town, they tend to run out of steam on the highway. Each of the Sprinter's rivals has more power on tap.
It's worth noting that if you don't require the Sprinter's expansive capabilities, Mercedes offers the smaller Metris midsize van for more modest passenger and cargo needs. But if big groups or big jobs are on your agenda, the Sprinter is a spacious and refined van that justifies the premium.
Trim levels & features
The 2017 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter is a full-size van available in Cargo, Passenger and Crew configurations. The cargo van is basically two seats and an empty cargo bay, while the crew van adds a three-place bench for five-passenger seating. The passenger van can carry up to 12 passengers. All vans offer two wheelbase lengths and two roof heights. The cargo van offers a third, even taller roof. Sprinters are divided into regular-duty 2500 and heavy-duty 3500 categories, with either a four- or six-cylinder diesel paired with a five- or a seven-speed automatic transmission. Four-wheel drive is optional on many configurations.
The standard powertrain is a turbocharged 2.1-liter four-cylinder diesel engine (161 horsepower, 265 pound-feet of torque) paired to a seven-speed automatic transmission. An optional V6 diesel engine makes 188 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque and pairs with a five-speed automatic transmission.
Standard equipment on the cargo van (offered in standard and extended-length body styles and 2500 and 3500 configuration) includes 16-inch steel wheels, hill start assist, a passenger-side sliding rear door, a wood cargo floor, 270-degree-opening rear doors, air-conditioning, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, and a front five-speaker sound system with an auxiliary audio jack and a USB port.
The crew van (available only in 2500 configuration) gets the same standard equipment but adds a second-row bench seat and adjacent side windows. The passenger van (also only available in 2500 configuration) is similar, but it features three rows of rear seats, rear interior trim, tinted rear windows and eight additional speakers in the rear for a grand total of 13.
The options list is lengthy, but highlights include 16-inch alloy wheels, a driver-side sliding rear door, a heavy-duty suspension, front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, xenon headlights, foglights, rear door windows with wipers and washers, an Active Safety Plus package of high-tech safety aids, automatic headlights and wipers, a heated windshield, heated power mirrors, cruise control, a rear cabin heater, upgraded front seats, heated front driver and passenger seats (available separately), and a navigation system.
Cargo and crew vans can be equipped with driver-compartment partitions, a roof fan, a fixed rear sunroof, roof rails and various interior storage options. The passenger van can be equipped with rear air-conditioning. Many of these optional items are available within packages as well.
Noise & vibration2.5
Ease of use3
Getting in/getting out2.5
Audio & navigation
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Features & Specs
Our experts’ favorite Sprinter safety features:
- Load-Adaptive Stability Control
- Factoring vehicle load and center of gravity, can brake individual wheels and reduce engine power to stabilize van if wheelspin is detected.
- Crosswind Assist
- At speeds more than 50 mph, can apply brakes to stabilize van and keep on course during strong, gusting crosswinds.
- Lane Keeping Assist
- Using a camera in the windshield, monitors lane markings and sends visual and audible warnings if driver drifts from the lane.
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 when you consider that, while the 2017 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van does cost more than its rivals, the premium for entry is not like the increase you find on Benz's luxury sedans and crossovers.
The Sprinter's hallmark is its 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. The cargo van even offers an extra-high roof option. Cargo room can span from approximately 300 to 500 cubic feet. There's even optional four-wheel drive for shoppers in frostier climates.
Exceptional versatility and a multitude of cargo solutions from upfitters and aftermarket suppliers are matched by the Sprinter's choice of two powertrains: a turbodiesel four-cylinder paired with a seven-speed automatic transmission and a turbodiesel V6 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.
Because of the options and configurations available, the optimal trim or feature set depends on application. The Sprinter is available in regular-duty (2500) and heavy-duty (3500) versions (the latter only for the cargo van) and all come with a very basic set of amenities for driver and front passenger. Beyond that, all else is optional. Buyers who plan to tow or use a Sprinter 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 service or doing light trade in city centers, the four-cylinder should suffice.
There are legitimate reasons to consider the Sprinter's rivals, however. They cost less, offer more power and provide similar levels of utility. At least one is available with a V8 and rated to tow almost twice what the Sprinter can handle (if the Sprinter has an Achilles' heel, it's the relatively modest 5,000-pound maximum tow rating). But if you don't view the Mercedes badge as an extravagance and your budget can handle the extra cost, let Edmunds help you on your search for the ideal Sprinter van.
2017 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Overview
The 2017 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter is offered in the following submodels: Sprinter Van. Available styles include 3500 XD 170" WB Cargo w/High Roof 3dr Van 4WD DRW (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 5A), 3500 XD 170" WB Cargo w/High Roof 3dr Ext Van DRW (2.1L 4cyl Turbodiesel 7A), 2500 144" WB Passenger 3dr Van (2.1L 4cyl Turbodiesel 7A), 2500 144" WB Cargo 3dr Van (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 5A), 3500 170" WB Cargo w/High Roof 3dr Ext Van (2.1L 4cyl Turbodiesel 7A), 2500 170" WB Cargo w/High Roof 3dr Ext Van 4WD (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 5A), 3500 XD 170" WB Cargo w/High Roof 3dr Ext Van DRW (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 5A), 3500 144" WB Cargo 3dr Van (2.1L 4cyl Turbodiesel 7A), 2500 144" WB Cargo 3dr Van 4WD (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 5A), 2500 170" WB Cargo w/High Roof 3dr Van (2.1L 4cyl Turbodiesel 7A), 2500 170" WB Passenger w/High Roof 3dr Van (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 5A), 2500 170" WB Cargo w/High Roof 3dr Ext Van (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 5A), 2500 144" WB Passenger 3dr Van 4WD (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 5A), 3500 170" WB Cargo w/High Roof 3dr Ext Van (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 5A), 3500 XD 170" WB Cargo w/High Roof 3dr Ext Van 4WD DRW (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 5A), 3500 XD 170" WB Cargo w/High Roof 3dr Van DRW (2.1L 4cyl Turbodiesel 7A), 3500 XD 170" WB Cargo w/High Roof 3dr Van DRW (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 5A), 2500 144" WB Crew 3dr Van (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 5A), 3500 170" WB Cargo w/High Roof 3dr Van (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 5A), 3500 XD 144" WB Cargo 3dr Van 4WD DRW (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 5A), 2500 144" WB Cargo 3dr Van (2.1L 4cyl Turbodiesel 7A), 3500 170" WB Cargo w/High Roof 3dr Van (2.1L 4cyl Turbodiesel 7A), 2500 170" WB Cargo w/High Roof 3dr Van 4WD (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 5A), 2500 170" WB Passenger w/High Roof 3dr Van (2.1L 4cyl Turbodiesel 7A), 2500 170" WB Cargo w/High Roof 3dr Van (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 5A), 3500 XD 144" WB Cargo 3dr Van DRW (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 5A), 2500 170" WB Cargo w/High Roof 3dr Ext Van (2.1L 4cyl Turbodiesel 7A), 3500 144" WB Cargo 3dr Van (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 5A), 3500 XD 144" WB Cargo 3dr Van DRW (2.1L 4cyl Turbodiesel 7A), 2500 144" WB Passenger 3dr Van (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 5A), 2500 144" WB Crew 3dr Van (2.1L 4cyl Turbodiesel 7A), 2500 170" WB Crew w/High Roof 3dr Van (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 5A), 2500 144" WB Crew 3dr Van 4WD (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 5A), 2500 170" WB Crew w/High Roof 3dr Van (2.1L 4cyl Turbodiesel 7A), and 2500 170" WB Crew w/High Roof 3dr Van 4WD (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 5A).
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