2017 Mercedes-Benz Metris

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2017 MODEL

$25,995 - $32,900

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The Mercedes is known for its high performing engine and plush interior quality, but did you know Mercedes was the builder of smaller worker vans too. You might have noticed the bigger more intimidating Sprinter but this car is its casual little brother, working all in to conquer the minivan country.The 2017 Mercedes Benz Metris Minivan is priced at $28,950, a little higher than the minivan class. The van is backed with a potent 2.0L I4 engine mated to 7-speed automatic transmission. This powerplant churns out a 208 hp of power and 158 pound-feet of torque.The Metis is built bigger to deliver optimum cargo space, which is better than anyone in the market right now. In fact, you get the Mercedes all-new Master Solutions which infuse the regular van with more customizing features like Smartliner, Gruau, and Knapheide which help you find solutions to tricky problem. The Mercedes takes up arms against the long established marvel on the market like Nissan NV200 S minivan, Pam ProMaster City Tradesman Cargo, and Ford Transit Connect Cargo XL.


The 2017 Mercedes Benz Metris Minivan is priced at $25,995, a little higher than the minivan class. The van is backed with a potent 2.0L I4 engine mated to 7-speed automatic transmission. This powerplant churns out a 208 hp of power and 158 pound-feet of torque.

 

2017 Mercedes-Benz Metris Features

Staring at a sticker price of $25,995, the Mercedes Benz Metris cargo minivan is categorized in 2 trims. While the worker cargo trim is priced on the lower side, the normal cargo trim is the usual full-fledged minivan. Backed with the all the necessary comfort and safety features the Cargo minivan is equipped with more features than worker cargo. This minivan propels just on the necessities and stay true to its basic nature and accommodate cargo.

Trim Worker Cargo Cargo
MSRP $25,995 $28,950
Key Features
Tilt-Adjustable Steering Wheel Remote Keyless Power Door Locks
Transmission Controls On Steering Wheel Heated Mirrors
Air Conditioning 4 -Way Manual Passenger Seat Adjustment
Front Cupholders Power Feature
Electric Power Steering Stability Control
6 -Way Manual Driver Seat Adjustments Emergency Braking Assist
Bucket Front Seats Passenger Airbag Occupant Sensing Deactivation
Height Adjustable Driver Seat All-Season Tires
  Steel Wheels
  Fullsize Matching Spare Tire

We recommend

If you are buying the Metris just from the business's perspective then by the Worker Cargo, don't bother with spending more for features you don't require.

2017 Mercedes-Benz Metris Engine

"The Metris is easily the top performer in its class, with a strong engine, a smooth-shifting transmission and impressive brakes. It handles well, too."-Edmunds

To state the obvious, you won't get the Mercedes razor shape handling or the upmarket interior in this one. Still, this hauler is equipped with a potent 2.0 L 4-cylinder engine paired with a 7-speed automatic transmission. The engine pumps out 208 hp of power and 258-pound-feet of torque. The upshifts and downshifts are smooth and in the city, the engine sound is competitively silent than the other vans.

Models 2017 Mercedes Benz Metris Minivan Nissan NV200

 

S Minivan

Ram ProMaster City tradesman cargo Ford Transit Connect Cargo XL
MSRP $28,950 $21,330 $23,495 $23,010
Engine 2.0L l4 2.0L l4 2.4L l4 2.5L l4
Transmission 7-speed automatic CVT automatic 9-speed automatic 6-speed automatic
Horsepower 208 hp @ 5500 rpm 131 hp @ 5200 rpm 178 hp @ 6400 rpm 169 hp @ 6000 rpm
Torque 258 lb-ft @ 1250 rpm 139 lb-ft @ 4800 rpm 174 lb-ft @ 3800 rpm 171 lb-ft @ 4500 rpm

Despite sharing a similar engine, the Mercedes Benz Metris minivan is the best van in competition today. Its high powered engine severs the purpose better than any other in the minivan territory. Second to the Metis is the Ram Promaster City Tradesman Cargo with its competitive 178 horsepower. The Ford Transit Connect Cargo is the 3rd runner-up with its 169 horsepower, making the Nissan VN 200 the slowpoke in this lot.

Acceleration

Acceleration is the last thing you talk about in a minivan, you might not have any expectations but the Metris's energetic engine says otherwise. The car zips off from a standstill to 60 mph in 7.9 seconds, very impressive for a minivan. However, this potent engine doesn't control the 8.0 tons/year of CO2 it releases in the atmosphere.

Models 2017 Mercedes Benz Metris Minivan Nissan NV200 S Minivan Ram ProMaster City tradesman cargo Ford Transit Connect Cargo XL
0-60 MPH 7.9 10.0 N/A N/A
Quarter mile N/A N/A N/A N/A
Engine 2.0L 2.0L 2.4L 2.5L
Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year) 8.0 7.1 7.4 7.7

The lack of information might impair a healthy comparison, only Nissan NV 200 S was the only one willing to stand up to the Metris. It tried but failed miserably, the Metris's 7.9-second acceleration overwhelmed the Nissan's 10-second performance. Still, it's 7.1 ton/year of CO2 emission is better than the Metris's.

Braking

The Metris braking features an 11.8-inch front and 11 inch rear discs, which is better than most of its competition and a benchmark for the minivan country. It might be heavier than the usual minivan norms but the courtesy of the larger brakes it halts in an impressive 119 ft distance. In the city, the pedal feel is firm and easy to modulate. 

Model 2017 Mercedes Benz Metris Minivan Nissan NV200 S Minivan Ram ProMaster City tradesman cargo Ford Transit Connect Cargo XL
Brake Front (in.) 11.8 11.1 12.0 N/A
Brake Rear (in.) 11.0 9.0 10.0 N/A
Curb Weight (lbs.) 4222 3,260 3,512 3,505
60-0 MPH (ft.) 119 137 N/A N/A

Considering the larger brake discs, the Metis is bound to deliver a niche braking. The Nissan, on the other hand, is one of the lightest minivans in the market but performs poorly in the panic brake testing. The car took 137 feet to halt form a speed of 60 mph. Other vans in the lot come with smaller discs and heavier weight, so their performance is expected to be lower than the Metis and even the Nissan NV.

2017 Mercedes-Benz Metris Fuel Economy

A utility vehicle without mileage isn't that useful, although the Metis shares deep roots in the efficiency territory. Its 21 mpg of city mileage makes is economical and the 24 mpg highway crows it's a well-rounded economical car. To sum up, the Metis 22 mpg of combined mileage matched the industry demands, but sadly the competition propel better number.

Model Mercedes Benz Metris Minivan Nissan NV200 S Minivan Ram ProMaster City tradesman cargo Ford Transit Connect Cargo XL
MPG (city) 21 24 21 20
MPG (highway) 24 26 28 27
MPG (combined) 22 25 24 23

Great power comes at the expense of efficiency, with that being said the Matis's 4-cylinder engine might churn out more power but delivers less on efficiency. The Nissan NV 200 S is the most efficient car with its 25 mpg of combined mileage, followed by the Ram ProMaster at 24 mpg and the Ford transit on 23 mpg combine mileage. Making The Metis the least fuel efficient car in the lot.

2017 Mercedes-Benz Metris Interior

"As a utility van, the biggest asset the Metris offers is interior space. This, it has in spades. There's 186 cubic feet in which you can cram boxes, barrels, flowers, plants, short trees...you get the point. "-KelleyBlueBook

Seating and Comfort

Being a utility van interior space is all the Metris has to offer, however, you won't get the similar lush vibe from this cabin. No touches of soft leather or fancy accessories, just the basic necessities for a minivan. Being the cargo version, there is a room of just the driver and his wingman and the rest qualifies as cargo space, so there are no worries for space. As for the functionality, a lot of features and dials are directed taken from Mercedes mutual inventory, so can easily rely on them. However, the lack of windows hampers the visibility of this van.

You get a sufficient 39.4 inches of headroom and 62.2 inches of shoulder room space, but the 35.8 inches of legroom space can be troublesome for tall drivers.

Model 2017 Mercedes Benz Metris Minivan Nissan NV200 S Minivan Ram ProMaster City tradesman cargo Ford Transit Connect Cargo XL
Passenger capacity 2 2 2 2
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 39.6/62.2/35.8 41.7/54.1/42.6 46.0/59.3/40.8 46.8/57.6/41.5

The Mercedes might feature a decent cabin but in terms of spacing, it delivers just enough space to get in or get out, nothing more. The competitors went the extra mile and featured more space and comfort. Where the Ford Transit Cargo and Ram ProMaster City delivers a generous headroom and legroom space, the Metis and Nissan NV 200 are a little truncated.

Cargo volume

Built to home all types of things, this minivan features the best cargo space in the minivan territory. It's a complete utility vehicle with variable tie-down positions, LED lights, partitions, sliding doors racks and more. You can even replace the entire back of the cargo with a refrigerator if your purpose demands it. To talk numbers you get a total of 186 cubic feet of cargo volume to fill.

Model 2017 Mercedes Benz Metris Minivan Nissan NV200 S Minivan Ram ProMaster City tradesman cargo Ford Transit Connect Cargo XL
Cargo Volume (ft.3) 186.0 122.7 131.7 103.9

Form a utility standpoint, the Metris is the best car in the lot. Its 186 inches of cargo space is not just the best but features the most usable of all. The second to Metis is the Ram ProMaster with its131.7 inches of cargo volume. The parallel Nissan NV comes a little short on cargo space, though the smallest cargo space comes with Ford Transit.

Towing Capacity

It isn't just the capacious cargo space that comes with a higher price, this van can tow up to 5000 pounds which is impressive for the class. The competition falls short here, with the Ram ProMaster city and Ford Transit Connect can pull off a similar 2000 pound. The trailering capacity is a bit of a surprise for the class.

Model 2017 Mercedes Benz Metris Minivan Nissan NV200 S Minivan Ram ProMaster City tradesman cargo Ford Transit Connect Cargo XL
Towing Capacity (lbs.) 5000 N/A 2000 2000

 

2017 Mercedes-Benz Metris Exterior

"....extra height means you have to step up to get into it, but it also makes maneuvering in the back less backbreaking."-Motortrend

Dimensions and Weight

As mentioned before, you will not find the Mercedes sleek looks in this Metris. In fact, considering the Sprinter this minivan looks pale and doesn't portray a similar confidence. It is more groovy than being daunting like any ginormous van. The only thing making it Merc is the Tri-Star badge on the front grill.

The Mercedes Benz Metis stretches long and wide right from the front bumper features 202.4 inches of length, 75.9 inches of width, and 75.2 inches of height. However, the longer wheelbase secures stability on highway cursing. Considering the class, its 4.3-inch ground clearance much lesser than its rivals.

Model 2017 Mercedes Benz Metris Minivan Nissan NV200 S Minivan Ram ProMaster City tradesman cargo Ford Transit Connect Cargo XL
Curb weight (lbs.) 4222 3,260 3,512 3,505
Length(in) 202.4 186.3 187.5 173.9
Width(in) 75.9 68.1 72.1 72.2
Height(in) 75.2 73.7 74.0 72.5
Ground clearance (in) 4.3 6.5 5.1 6.0
Wheelbase (in) 126.0 115.2 122.4 104.8
Track width (in) F/R N./A 60.0/59.8 N/A 61.4/61.7

The 202.2 inches of length makes the Metris the most sizeable van in the lot. Still, being the biggest comes with its downsides. The longer wheelbase impairs with city maneuverability, sharp turning is the kryptonite of this van. Also, the shorter ground clearance might create a scuffle on bumpy roads.

2017 Mercedes-Benz Metris Safety

Safety Features

The 2017 Mercedes Benz Metis Minivan has not yet been crash tested by the NHTSA or the IIHS. However, this minivan is backed with a number of safety features which adds the safety angle to this versatile minivan. Other standard safety features will include things like-

  • 2 Front Headrests
  • 4-Wheel ABS
  • Dusk Sensing Headlamps
  • Auto Delay-Off Headlamps
  • Front Head Airbags
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring
  • Traction Control
  • Dual Front Side-Mounted Airbags
  • Stability Control
  • Emergency Braking Assist
  • Passenger Airbag Occupant Sensing Deactivation

2017 Mercedes-Benz Metris Competition

Mercedes Metris vs Nissan NV 200 S Minivan

The concept of Euro vans spread like wildfire, soon all the big players started putting money on these lavish vans. Nissan picked up quick, however, the Merc launched its first van 2 years after, but to compensate its absence it raised the bar for everyone in the class including the Nissan's NV 200 S. The Mercedes Metris might be a little expensive but its features, power, and utility explains the higher price.

The bottom line is if you are willing to invest in more power and utility the Mercedes Benz Metris is your ideal van.

Mercedes Metris vs Ram ProMaster City Tradesman Cargo

The Ram ProMaster city has always been a money-savvy minivan for the class. Priced right this minivan has always been a complete package for the class, but some things are bound to change. The Mercedes Benz Metris delivers more power and features extra cargo volume. So practically it serves its purpose. But the Ram Promaster features a better fuel economy.

Overall, it's a tough choice where one side sits power and practicality and other side posses better mileage and economical price, so choose wisely.

Mercedes Metris vs Ford Transit Connect Cargo XL

Ford was amongst the very first brands to invest in minivans, the Transit Connect today is a testament to Ford's innovation and progress. The Mercedes played its game to launch an advanced minivan like no other, which gave us the Metris. The Metris is better at storing things, is more powerful, and delivers optimum cabin space. Also, the Merc's features are more easy to use, just price is the point of concern for a budget shopper.

2017 Mercedes-Benz Metris Final Verdict

In the world of front wheel drives, the Metris is an oddball with its rear wheel drive. The funky design is different than what you expect from a Merc, far from what the well established Sprinter. The Metris features the largest cargo volume with a spice of extra power and efficiency. The bottom line is, the Mercedes is the sweet minivan featuring a bigger cabin and greater power, better than anyone in the class.

Pros

Larger Cargo area

Better rowing capacity

More power

Easy to maneuver

Cons

More expensive than its rivals

What's New?

Mercedes Master Solution


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$25995

bodystyle

3dr Minivan

passenger capacity

2

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

121 cu. in.

horsepower

208 hp @ 5500 rpm

torque

258 lb.-ft. @ 1250 rpm

transmission

7-speed automatic

chassis

suspension front

independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

independent rear trailing arm suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

11 in. four-wheel disc brakes/11.8 in.four-wheel disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

126 in.

length

202.4 in.

width

75.9 in.

height

75.2 in.

curb weight

4222 lbs.

ground clearance

3.8 in.

capacity

cargo volume

186 cu ft.

towing capacity

5000 lbs.

payload capacity

2502 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8.4 sec.

standing ¼-mile

16.5 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

190 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

21/22/24 mpg

highway range

444 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 years/50000 miles

drivetrain warranty

4 years/50000 miles

corrosion warranty

5 years/100000 miles

roadside assistance

No



Styles

 2017 Mercedes-Benz Metris in Obsidian Black Metallic color  2017 Mercedes-Benz Metris in Brilliant Silver color  2017 Mercedes-Benz Metris in Arctic White color  2017 Mercedes-Benz Metris in Obsidian Black Metallic color  2017 Mercedes-Benz Metris in Jupiter Red color  2017 Mercedes-Benz Metris in Indium Gray Metallic color  2017 Mercedes-Benz Metris in Brilliant Silver color  2017 Mercedes-Benz Metris in Arctic White color
Obsidian Black Metallic

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Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2017 Mercedes-Benz Metris Worker Cargo

Worker Cargo

power
208 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
22 combined

$25,995


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Worker Cargo 3dr Minivan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7A) Starting at $25,995 MSRP (21/22/24) 208 hp @ 5500 rpm, 2 L, I4, premium unleaded (recommended)
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7-speed automatic rear wheel drive 2 NA

 2017 Mercedes-Benz Metris Cargo

Cargo

power
208 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
22 combined

$28,950


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Cargo 3dr Minivan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7A) Starting at $28,950 MSRP (21/22/24) 208 hp @ 5500 rpm, 2 L, I4, premium unleaded (recommended)
See Full Specs
7-speed automatic rear wheel drive 2 NA

 2017 Mercedes-Benz Metris Worker Passenger

Worker Passenger

power
208 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
22 combined

$29,995


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Worker Passenger 4dr Minivan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7A) Starting at $29,995 MSRP (20/22/23) 208 hp @ 5500 rpm, 2 L, I4, premium unleaded (recommended)
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7-speed automatic rear wheel drive 7 NA

 2017 Mercedes-Benz Metris Passenger

Passenger

power
208 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
22 combined

$32,900


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Passenger 4dr Minivan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7A) Starting at $32,900 MSRP (20/22/23) 208 hp @ 5500 rpm, 2 L, I4, premium unleaded (recommended)
See Full Specs
7-speed automatic rear wheel drive 7 NA