2021 Mercedes-Benz Metris

MSRP $31,390 - $31,910

Ranked #2 in Midsize Van

7.7

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2021 Mercedes-Benz Metris Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 19, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The larger automotive market comprises not only cars, motorcycles, and pickup trucks but also commercial vehicles. Although these vehicles may be insignificant for a large number of buyers, they are the wheels of any country’s economy. The 2021 Mercedes-Benz Metris Cargo Van is one such offering from the luxury brand. It is a vehicle that aims to marry the functional side of a van to the luxury Mercedes is known for offering in its vehicles.

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Pros

Larger cargo area than competitors

Build quality is excellent

Relatively practical suspension setup

Cons

Fuel efficiency is not great

More expensive than the competition

Not engaging to drive

What's New?

New 9-speed automatic transmission

Adaptive cruise control and digital rearview mirror

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$31390

bodystyle

3dr Cargo Van

passenger capacity

2

drivetrain

rear wheel drive

engine type

displacement

121 cu.in.

horsepower

208 hp @ 5500 rpm

torque

258 lb.-ft. @ 1250 rpm

transmission

7 speed automatic w/OD and auto manual

dimensions

wheelbase

126 in.

length

202.4 in.

width

75.9 in.

height

75.2 in.

curb weight

4123 lbs.

ground clearance

4.4 in.

capacity

cargo volume

182.9 cu ft.

towing capacity

5000 lbs.

payload capacity

2205 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

10 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

17.2 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

19/21/23 mpg

highway range

425.5 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ 100000 mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

Base$31,390 onwards

Colors and Styles

2021 Mercedes-Benz Metris in Arctic White color
Arctic White

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Features

7.5

Engine and Performance

6.4

Fuel Economy

7.0

Interior

9.9

Exterior

8.0

Safety

9.0

Competition

7.0

Final Verdict

7.8

7.7

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.7

Overall Rating


Carrying over with very minor changes for the 2021 model year, prices for the Mercedes-Benz Metris Cargo start at $32,630. It is also available as a Passenger Van, which is reviewed separately. It represents the best of commercial technology from the German brand and competes against the Ford Transit Connect, Nissan NV200 S, and the RAM Promaster City Tradesman.

2021 Mercedes-Benz Metris Cargo Van front view
2021 Mercedes-Benz Metris Cargo Van rear view

6.4/10
Engine and Performance

7.0/10
Fuel Economy

9.9/10
Interior

8.0/10
Exterior

9.0/10
Safety

7.0/10
Competition

7.8/10
Final Verdict


2021 Mercedes-Benz Metris Features

Since the cargo Van is a particular version offered in the Mercedes-Benz Metris lineup, there are no further trims available within this. However, there are two different body lengths available - a 126-inch wheelbase and the 135-inch wheelbase version. It is certainly the most luxurious cargo van available around, and even with the base trim, the van is very well equipped and comes with the following features.

Trim

Cargo van

MSRP

$32,630

Key features

16-inch steel wheels

 

7-inch infotainment touchscreen

 

Five-speaker audio system

 

Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone compatibility

 

Cloth upholstery

 

Crosswind assist

 

4.2-inch digital display with trip computer

 

Blindspot assist

 

LED lighting in the cargo area

Which trim should you buy?

Mercedes-Benz has saved us from the confusion of deciding which trim to buy because there is only one offered. There are a lot of optional extras that can be availed. Between the different wheelbase options, we preferred the short wheelbase because it already has much better cargo capacity than any of its rivals. And since the van is already much more expensive than its rivals, we prefer staying away from the options list. 

2021 Mercedes-Benz Metris Engine and Performance

6.4/10

When it comes to the performance of the Mercedes-Benz Metris, there is not a lot to say. The van is powered by a 2L turbocharged Inline four-cylinder engine that is quite humble but does its job well. It results in an output of 208 hp and 258 pound-feet of torque. Even though these numbers are not exactly class-leading, they make the van perform adequately well.

2021 Mercedes-Benz Metris Cargo Van engine bay

Although one does not get a lot of power, the engine is much better than the ones offered by its rivals in terms of throttle response and character. This results in a 0 to 60 mph time of just 8.5 seconds and a quarter-mile time of 16.9 seconds, although these figures are not exactly relevant for commercial vehicles. The van is good for towing 5,000 pounds, which is a pretty large number.

Models

2021 Mercedes-Benz Metris

2021 Ram Promaster City Tradesman

2021 Nissan NV200 S

2021 Ford Transit Connect

MSRP

$32,630

$24,050

$23,630

$24,665

Engine

2.0L Turbocharged Inline-4

2.4L Inline-4

2.0L Inline-4

2.0L Inline-4

Transmission

9-speed automatic

9-speed automatic

Continuously variable-speed automatic

8-speed shiftable automatic

Drivetrain

RWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Power

208 hp @ 5500 RPM

178 hp @ 6400 RPM

131 hp @ 5600 RPM

162 hp @ 6500 RPM

Torque

258 lb-ft @ 4000 RPM

174 lb-ft @ 3800 RPM

139 lb-ft @ 4800 RPM

144 lb-ft @ 4500 RPM

0-60 MPH(sec)

8.5

9.2

9.9

10

Quarter mile(sec)

16.9

17.5

17.7

17.6

Top Speed(mph)

NA

115

110

NA

Towing Capacity

5000

2000

N/A

2000

One can see that among the competitors, the Mercedes-Benz is priced significantly higher but manages to bring that kind of value in terms of the kit it offers as well. It is a significantly better-performing car in every single aspect. The rivals do not offer anything close to the towing capacity that is offered in the Mercedes-Benz and perform a lot slower. Nissan sits at the bottom with the least price tag but that also affects its power output which is also the least in the competition.

How well does the 2021 Mercedes-Benz Metris Cargo Van handle?

When it comes to handling, no van ever promises a lot. But even then, the Mercedes-Benz is pretty nice to drive, considering the standards in the category. The steering also feels very direct and requires very little effort, which is an excellent addition for lugging equipment around for hours. There is definitely some body roll but nothing that drops you of much confidence.

2021 Mercedes-Benz Metris Cargo Van ride and handling

However, it has exceptionally good ride quality due to the suspension setup that Mercedes has incorporated in this car. The silence inside the cabin also adds to this, and the NVH levels are filtered out to such an extent that one does not feel any bit of the road inside the car. Another great addition is the Crosswind Assist Stability Control which makes the vehicle much more stable while on the road. 

2021 Mercedes-Benz Metris Cargo Van Braking Performance

There is one big advantage that Mercedes offers above all of its rivals, and that is its excellent braking performance. The Metris has very confident brakes and makes the car come to a halt from 60 mph in just 123 feet, which is excellent for the segment. This is facilitated due to 11.8-inch rotors up front and 11-inch rotors in the rear which manages the weight of this 4,123-pound vehicle very easily.

Models

2021 Mercedes-Benz Metris

2021 Ram Promaster City Tradesman

2021 Nissan NV200 S

2021 Ford Transit Connect

Brake Rotor Front (inch)

11.8

12

11.1

NA

Brake Rotor Rear (inch)

11

10

9

NA

60-0 mph (feet)

123

NA

NA

NA

Curb Weight (lbs)

4123

3509

3274

3581

As we have observed in terms of performance, the Mercedes-Benz manages to come out on top again. Even though some of its rivals like the RAM Promaster have slightly bigger brake discs upfront, it does not manage to provide the same kind of confidence that the Mercedes provides. Also, the thing to note is that all the rivals in the competition are lighter but failed to brake as confidently. 

2021 Mercedes-Benz Metris Fuel Economy

7.0/10

Mercedes has provided its cargo van with a turbocharged engine so that even with the high power output that it offers it does not fall back much in terms of fuel efficiency. With combustion-engined cars, this has always been a trade-off, but we can note that the Mercedes Benz has an EPA estimated fuel efficiency rating of 19 MPG in the city, 23 on the highway, and 21 combined. It also has a huge fuel tank that can hold 18.5 gallons.

Models

2021 Mercedes-Benz Metris

2021 Ram Promaster City Tradesman

2021 Nissan NV200 S

2021 Ford Transit Connect

MPG (city)

19

21

24

24

MPG (highway)

23

28

26

27

MPG (combined)

21

24

25

25

Fuel capacity(gal.)

18.5

16.1

14.5

15.8

Range (miles)

351.5/425.5/388.5

338.1/450.8/386.4

348/377/362.5

379.2/426.6/395

Although the Metris has very decent fuel efficiency, it delivers the same kind of range as its competitors even with a much larger tank. Rivals like Nissan and Ford have much better fuel efficiency with their less powerful engines. But since transport costs get higher due to lower fuel efficiency, this is a matter of concern. 

2021 Mercedes-Benz Metris Interior

9.9/10

When it comes to the interior, Mercedes has always set standards that its rivals have to follow. Things are no different even with their commercial vehicles, and one can see that the interiors are built to excellent standards. The material quality is unrivaled, and the design is also amazing. There is also abundant space inside the cabin, and the driving position is also nice.

2021 Mercedes-Benz Metris Cargo Van cockpit area

The van is also provided with a lot of features, some of which are completely missing from its rivals. Ingress and egress are also supremely easy, and the two passengers that the van can seat will travel in utmost comfort. Rear visibility is limited, and it may take some time adapting to. Cargo capacity is on a league of its own at 183 ft.³.

Models

2021 Mercedes-Benz Metris

2021 Ram Promaster City Tradesman

2021 Nissan NV200 S

2021 Ford Transit Connect

Passenger capacity

2

2

2

2

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.6/NA/35.8

46.0/59.3/40.8

41.7/54.1/42.6

46.9/57.6/42.3

Cargo Capacity (cu.ft.)

183

131.7

122.7

104.8

The cabin of all cars in this category is quite spacious, but the rivals offer slightly better interior space. The Mercedes has instead concentrated on providing that much more space in the cargo area, and that is definitely a strategy that works really well in the segment. It is almost surprising that the Metris has nearly double the cargo space of the Ford Transit Connect. Some standard features include:

  • Height adjustable driver seat
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Multifunction Steering Wheel with a trip computer
  • Outside temperature display
  • Climate control
  • Parking sensors

What’s there to keep you entertained?

When it comes to infotainment options, there is plenty on offer. The two infotainment screens - a 7.0-inch screen, which is available as an option, and a driver information display, which is also digital. The sound system was also decent, and the optional infotainment system offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto starting from this year.

2021 Mercedes-Benz Metris Cargo Van front seats

These are features unheard of in the segment. Some standout features of the infotainment system include: 

  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • AM/FM
  • Satellite radio
  • USB and Aux port
  • 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot
  • Bluetooth
  • Built-in navigation with live traffic information
  • 5-speaker sound system

2021 Mercedes-Benz Metris Exterior

8.0/10

The Mercedes-Benz Metris is stunning without a doubt. Although it is only a van that is not exactly designed to entice buyers with its design, it is definitely the most good-looking van that we have seen. When equipped with body-colored bumpers and so on, it looks truly worthy of carrying the three-pointed star proudly on its front grille. The van weighs 4,123 lbs and stands 5.4 inches above the ground.

2021 Mercedes-Benz Metris Cargo Van 

Models

2021 Mercedes-Benz Metris

2021 Ram Promaster City Tradesman

2021 Nissan NV200 S

2021 Ford Transit Connect

Curb Weight(lbs)

4123

3509

3274

3581

Length(in)

202.4

187.1

186.3

174.2

Width(in)

75.9

72.1

68.1

84.1 (w/ mirrors)

Height(in)

75.2

74

73.7

72

Ground clearance(in)

5.4

5.2

6.1

-

Wheelbase(in)

126

122.4

115.2

104.8

The Mercedes-Benz Metris is much larger and much heavier than all of its competitors, often making it feel like it is in a different category. Even with the short wheelbase version, it is a much larger vehicle and offers much greater cargo capacity. In terms of weight, the Mercedes is rather on the heavier side and weighs 4,123 lbs. Nissan manages to offer the most ground clearance of the lot at 6.1 inches. Some standout features include:

  • 16-inch steel wheels
  • Fog lamps
  • Front air dams
  • External rearview cameras
  • LED headlamps and tail lamps
  • Black colored bumpers

2021 Mercedes-Benz Metris Safety

9.0/10

When it comes to safety, every Mercedes has always kept up a standard of its own. But being a commercial vehicle, the Metris has not received a safety rating from NHTSA or the IIHS yet. It comes with most of the advanced safety features available in the market today as standard features and several more as options. Some of the standout safety features include: 

  • Active brake assist with Distronic Plus active cruise control
  • Attention assist
  • Crosswind assist
  • Blind-spot assist
  • Automated emergency braking
  • Lane-keeping assistance

2021 Mercedes-Benz Metris Competition

7.0/10

2021 Mercedes-Benz Metris Cargo Van Vs. 2021 RAM Promaster City Tradesman

The RAM Promaster City Tradesman is an excellent van that has a lot of strengths of its own. Starting with, it has better acceleration than the Mercedes, but that is not the parameter that has to be impressive in this category. The Mercedes has much better towing and payload capacity. The van from Mercedes has better luxury along with better cargo space, making it a desirable option in the competition.

2021 RAM Promaster City Tradesman

2021 Mercedes-Benz Metris Cargo Van vs. 2021 Nissan NV200 S

The Nissan NV200 S is one such Van that is only impressive if you’re after its low price tag. The Mercedes, being priced quite heavily, is one of its disadvantages but definitely does offer that much more mechanically as well as in terms of build quality and features. Hence for someone for whom these parameters are important, the Mercedes is the better pick.

2021 Nissan NV200 S

2021 Mercedes-Benz Metris Cargo Van Vs. 2021 Ford Transit Connect Cargo

The Ford Transit Connect Cargo is an excellent small van but suffers in terms of cargo space and interior space due to its smaller size. It is much lighter but at the cost of practicality. It offers a better range but not so much more that it justifies as a better pick. Hence, we would pick Mercedes over this too.

2021 Ford Transit Connect Cargo

 

2021 Mercedes-Benz Metris Final Verdict

7.8/10

The 2021 Mercedes-Benz Metris Cargo Van is an excellent van that presents a lot of reasons for one to choose it over its competitors. But at the same time, its price is much heavier than the rest of its competition and is a matter of concern for somebody who was looking for a commercial vehicle. As long as someone can afford it, we definitely recommend that they buy this van since it is that much more capable and worth the extra cost.

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