2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Van

2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

What’s new

  • The four-cylinder engine is no longer available
  • Revised feature availability
  • Super high-roof option has been discontinued
  • Part of the second Sprinter generation introduced for 2007

Pros

  • Excellent interior space with true walk-through cabin
  • Offers hundreds of passenger and cargo configurations and features
  • Pretty maneuverable for its size
  • Available 4WD drivetrain

Cons

  • Price tag is higher than average
  • Tow ratings aren't as high as those on some rival vans
  • Diesel engines lack punch compared to brawnier rivals
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter years
2019
Upcoming
2018


Which Sprinter does Edmunds recommend?

You likely have very specific requirements for a work van. Whether transporting VIP passengers, hauling pallets of cargo, or outfitting your tall-roof, long-wheelbase model with the four-wheel-drive system for some overlanding, there's a Sprinter that's right for the job. Just match the configuration to your needs.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

3 / 5

If you're reading this, you're either curious about well-designed and -executed cargo and passenger vans, or you had no idea that Mercedes-Benz, purveyor of luxury cars, also made a big box on wheels. But whatever the case, you're likely to find that the 2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter is an interesting vehicle.

Commercial vehicles need to be tough and durable. But they also need to be comfortable and easy to use because the people who operate them sit and work in them for hours on end. The 2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter covers both aspects admirably.

The Sprinter has been proven to be well-built and intuitive to use, and it provides great visibility and maneuverability. The back half of the van, where all the work gets done, is available in multiple configurations. There are two wheelbase choices with different matching body lengths. The long-wheelbase model is also available with an extended body for even more cargo volume. Two roof heights are available. You can even equip it with all-wheel drive.

In addition to the Sprinter's basic configurations, you can also select upfitter options to help with hauling cargo or keeping passengers comfortable. What's not available for 2018 is the four-cylinder engine; only the turbocharged 3.0-liter diesel V6 is available this year. Most will find its performance perfectly adequate for hauling the Sprinter and up to 5,000 pounds of trailer.

Should the Sprinter be too big for your needs, Mercedes-Benz also makes a much smaller van called the Metris. It shares the same do-it-all attitude and quality construction, but in a more compact package.

Trim levels & features

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter is a full-size van available in cargo, passenger and crew configurations. The cargo van features two seats and a large 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 come in two wheelbase lengths. A high roof is standard on Passenger and Crew, while the Cargo can be had with either a standard roof or a high roof. Sprinters are divided into regular 2500 and heavy-duty 3500 models. All are powered by a 3.0-liter diesel V6 (188 horsepower, 325 pound-feet of torque) and a five-speed automatic. Four-wheel drive is optional on many configurations.

Standard equipment on the cargo van (offered in standard and extended-length body styles and 2500 and 3500 configurations) 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, a rearview camera, a 5.8-inch center display, and a 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 and tinted rear windows.

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, 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 seats 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.

Trim tested

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

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.

Off-road

Four-wheel drive is available on many configurations, but given this van's high center of gravity and low ground clearance, the Sprinter is really only suited for relatively graded or well-worn dirt trails.

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.

Noise & vibration

2.5
Our test van's additional insulation is meant for warmth, but it doubles as sound insulation. Some wind and tire noise reaches the cabin, especially when running empty.

Interior

3.5
The Sprinter offers 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.

Technology

This is about as basic as it gets. There's an optional turn-of-the-millennium navigation system on a small 5.8-inch display. Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, USB and an iPod interface are standard.

Consumer reviews

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Overall Consumer Rating

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For business these rust -out before they run out
Greggor Budinski,09/13/2018
Either very cheap steel or poor construction..........rust like crazy.
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Features & Specs

MSRP
$45,990
MPG
N/A city / N/A hwy
Seats 2
5-speed shiftable automatic
Diesel
188 hp @ 3800 rpm
MSRP
$50,860
MPG
N/A city / N/A hwy
Seats 2
5-speed shiftable automatic
Diesel
188 hp @ 3800 rpm
MSRP
$47,185
MPG
N/A city / N/A hwy
Seats 12
5-speed shiftable automatic
Diesel
188 hp @ 3800 rpm
MSRP
$44,505
MPG
N/A city / N/A hwy
Seats 5
5-speed shiftable automatic
Diesel
188 hp @ 3800 rpm
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Safety

Our experts’ favorite Sprinter 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 vs. the competition

2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

2018 Ford Transit Van

2018 Ford Transit Van

Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vs. Ford Transit Van

Both models have nearly identical interior and exterior dimensions, though their power delivery is different. The Sprinter has more torque, while the Transit has more horsepower. The Transit is newer and features a more modern infotainment system.

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Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vs. Nissan NV Cargo

The NV's available V8 engine is tempting, but the Sprinter's diesel engine produces nearly the same amount of torque. It gets better fuel economy, too. The Sprinter can carry more cargo, but the NV has a higher tow rating.

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Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 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.

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2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Van for Sale

Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2018 3500 170" WB Cargo w/High Roof 3dr Ext Van (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 5A)
New 2018
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
3500 170" WB Cargo w/High Roof
MSRP$50,560
Est.Loan: $839/mo
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Dealer Notes
6-Cylinder Engine/5-Speed Transmission (12V/100 Amp Battery and Alternator 14 V/220 A), 4-Wheel Disc Brakes, 5 Speakers, ABS brakes, Air Conditioning, AM/FM radio, Axle Ratio 4.18, 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, Remote keyless entry, Tachometer, Telescoping steering wheel, Tilt steering wheel, Traction control, Tunja Fabric Upholstery, and Wheels: 8.5J x 16 Rear & 6.5J x 16 Front Steel. *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 2018 2500 170" WB Passenger w/High Roof 3dr Van (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 5A)
New 2018
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
2500 170" WB Passenger w/High Roof
MSRP$58,485
Est.Loan: $1,025/mo
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Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2018 3500 144" WB Cargo 3dr Van DRW (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 5A)
New 2018
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
3500 144" WB Cargo
MSRP$46,836
Est.Loan: $841/mo
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Dealer Notes
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More about the 2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

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 2018 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.

Exceptional versatility and a multitude of cargo solutions from upfitters and aftermarket suppliers enhance the Sprinter's options and features. And 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 basic set of amenities for the 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 enjoy the V6 powertrain's ample 325 pound-feet of torque. Paired with a proven five-speed automatic transmission, power is then sent to the rear wheels. For shoppers needing extra traction, four-wheel drive is an available option. While this setup is not particularly spirited from a standstill, it provides enough torque and response to keep the Sprinter humming, if not exactly dashing, on the highway.

Still, there are legitimate reasons to consider the Sprinter's rivals. 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.

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

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Van and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2018 Sprinter Van 2 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2018 Sprinter Van.

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