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: Van. Available styles include 3500 XD 170 WB Cargo 3dr Van 4WD w/High Roof DRW (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 5A), 2500 144 WB Passenger 3dr Van (2.1L 4cyl Turbodiesel 7A), and 2500 144 WB Cargo 3dr Van (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 5A). Sprinter models are available with a 0-liter diesel engine, with output up to 0 hp, depending on engine type. The 2017 Sprinter comes with four wheel drive or rear wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 5-speed shiftable automatic, 7-speed shiftable automatic. The 2017 Sprinter comes with a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. basic warranty, a Not available roadside warranty, and a 5 yr./ 100000 mi. powertrain warranty.
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Review Mercedes Benz is hiding in plain sight behind their Tri-Star Badge. In the past this was a respected Brand BUT today you are better off moving to a different Brand as these vehicles are absolute JUNK. I purchased a New 2017 Sprinter 2500 and after only 30K miles and 1 YEAR of ownership my CARGO High Roof Van has visited the Dealer 10 times for Check Engine Light, Steering Column replacement, a plethora of electronic issues and black Gunk dripping out of the roof ribs in the Cargo area - leaking black sealant on tools and NEW Product for my clients. Told by Mercedes Dealer that my van is not a problem child. I even tried to trade my van in at the dealer I purchased from and was told by the Sales Manager that they did not want my van as they could not resell it with all the problems it has. I went through MBUSA and they basically have done nothing to stand behind their product. DO NOT BUY MERCEDES - BAD PRODUCT - BUILT POORLY - POOR QUALITY.
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What options are available on the 2017 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter?
Available Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2017 Submodel Types: Van