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What is it?
The Sprinter is a large rear-wheel drive panel van offered with four engines, alternative fuel engines, two trim levels and manual and automatic transmission. The panel van is available in a wide variety of lengths and heights, and with body styles that include a six-seat crew cab (Dualiner), a Traveliner minibus, a Dropside pick-up and a chassis cab. This review covers only the panel van. Payloads range from 713kg to 2510kg. The first-generation Sprinter was launched in 1995, the second in 2006. This model was updated in 2013.
What is the Mercedes Sprinter like to drive?
Even the least powerful of the four cylinder Sprinters provides enough grunt for hauling at motorway speeds, while the 3.0 V6 is among the most powerful engines offered in a van and is pretty effortless as a consequence. Occupants sit usefully high in the Sprinter because it’s rear-wheel drive, and will find it easy to drive, especially with automatic transmission. It rides smoothly laden or unladen, is civilised at speed too and provides a comfortable seat and cabin environment. The four-wheel drive provides impressive off-roading capability, aided by a traction control system.
What engines are available?
The Sprinter comes with a 2.1 four cylinder-diesel engine in three outputs of 95hp, 129hp and 163hp. There is also a 3.0 190hp V6 diesel, and a choice of 156hp 1.8 engines powered either by mono-fuel natural gas or bi-fuel natural gas and petrol.Transmissions are six-speed manual as standard; five- and seven-speed automatics and four-wheel drive are options.
What payload will it carry, and how big is the load bay?
The Sprinter can carry payloads ranging from 713kg to 2510kg for the panel van.
Loading height 585-790mm
What convenience features does the load bay provide?
The twin rear doors open to 270 degrees except for the shortest body and a single sliding nearside door is standard. Lashing eyes and a 12V power supply are also provided. The load bay is big enough to take Euro-pallets and 8x4 plywood sheets. Options include half- and full-height internal protective cladding, half-height lashing rails and a load-securing system.
What body styles are available with the Mercedes Sprinter?
The Sprinter panel van is available with three wheelbases, four body lengths and three load compartment heights. It comes with a full-height bulkhead, optionally fitted with a fixed or sliding window or a sliding door.
What are the key options?
Passenger airbag, sat nav, reversing camera, additional side-loading door, glazed rear windows, tailgate ilo twin doors, heated rear window, electric heated door mirrors, air conditioning, comfort seats, armrest, driver’s seat suspension, stereo upgrades, load space cladding, rear step, dashboard storage cubby, stop-start (automatic only), tyre pressure monitoring, alloy wheels,
What will it cost to run?
Sprinter Co2 emissions range from 176g/km for the 316 CDI Bluefficiency Euro V panel van to 284g/km for the 519 Bluetec Euro VI panel van. Combined fuel consumption ranges from 42.2mpg for the 316 CDI Bluefficiency Euro V panel vans to 25.9mpg for the 519 Bluetec Euro VI panel van. Engine stop-start is optionally available with the Bluefficiency and Bluefficiency Plus packages.
What safety features are fitted?
All Sprinters provide a driver’s airbag, ABS anti-lock brakes, ESP anti-skid control, brake assist and crosswind assist. A driver assistance package includes autonomous emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, lane-keeping assist and high beam assist. Also available are a passenger airbag, rear view camera.