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2019 Mercedes-Benz Metris Cargo Van Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


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Amratya Nigam Automotive Journalist Updated on: November 15, 2019


Bridging the gap between minivans and full-sized Boxy vans, the 2019 Mercedes Metris is known to favor functionality over substance. It specifically caters to people whose demands exceed a normal minivan's hauling abilities. At the same time, its conservative dimensions ensure you do not have to worry about traffic either. It packs more power and delivers better driving dynamics than the rest of the segment. Also, you cannot ignore the classic Mercedes tri-star badge which is a testament of quality, traces of which are clearly visible in the interior.

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Pros

Bigger cargo bay

Better driving dynamics than other vans

Cons

Only drinks premium fuel

Heavy price tag

What's New?

Unchanged for 2019


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$26570

bodystyle

3dr Cargo Van

passenger capacity

2

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

121 cu.in.

horsepower

208 hp @ 5500 rpm

torque

258 lbs.-ft @ 1250 rpm

transmission

7-speed shiftable automatic

chassis

frame type

Ladder Frame

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear trailing arm suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

11.8/11

dimensions

wheelbase

135 in.

length

211.4 in.

width

75.9 in.

height

75.2 in.

curb weight

4222 lbs.

ground clearance

4.4 in.

capacity

cargo volume

199 cu ft.

towing capacity

5000 lbs.

payload capacity

2370 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8.6 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

21/22/24 mpg

highway range

444 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr. / 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr. / 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

3 yr. / 36000

corrosion warranty

5 yr. / 100000 mi.

roadside assistance

3 yr. / 36000 mi.



Styles

 2019 Mercedes-Benz Metris Cargo Van in Arctic White color
Arctic White

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Ratings

Features

7.0

Engine And Performance

7.0

Interior

7.5

7.3

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Mercedes-Benz Metris Cargo Van Base

Base

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

$26,570 - $30,700


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Worker Cargo 3dr Minivan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7A) Starting at $30,700 MSRP (21/22/24) 208 hp @ 5500 rpm, 2 L, I-4, premium unleaded (recommended)
7-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive 2

Expert Review

7.3

Overall Rating


The 2019 Mercedes-Benz Metris Cargo Van barely adheres to the standards of a Merc in terms of quality and ease of driving, but it is certainly backed by the unbeatable German reliability. It feels sturdy and pliant at the same time. It may not be equipped as well as its rivals but it can ensure immense comfort while munching miles.

Starting at the base price of $30,650 the 2019 Mercedes Benz Metris is offered in two trims. Both trims have a Turbocharged 2.0L, Inline-4 motor which is mated to a 7-speed automatic transmission. The Metris is surprisingly a rear-wheel-drive making it an oddball in the minivan market. It takes on some well-established rivals like the Ford Transit Connect Cargo, Nissan NV200 Cargo, and RAM ProMaster City Cargo Van. Let's move ahead and see how the story unfolds.

2019 Mercedes-Benz Metris Cargo Van Front Three-quarter View
2019 Mercedes-Benz Metris Cargo Van Front Three-quarter View
2019 Mercedes-Benz Metris Cargo Van Rear Three-quarter View
2019 Mercedes-Benz Metris Cargo Van Rear Three-quarter View

7.0/10
Features

 

7.0/10
Engine and Performance

 
 

7.5/10
Interior

 
 
 
 
 

2019 Mercedes-Benz Metris Cargo Van Features

7.0/10

Mercedes launched the Metris to add something exotic to the minivan market. There are two trim levels, the Worker van and the Cargo van. The Worker van is a pure barebones at heart and the normal version adds more safety and driver assist features making it more livable. However, if you are not the type of guy who spends $4000 for features then you are better off with the Worker cargo van, which gets the job done. The Worker cargo doesn't have the feature of extended length or height while the other normal Cargo variant has two wheelbase options one at 126 inches and the extended wheelbase of 135 inches.

Trims

Worker Cargo Van

Cargo Van

MSRP

$30,650

$34,800

Features

17-inch steel wheels

5.8-inch color screen

 

Bluetooth

Rearview mirror

 

Five-speaker audio system with a USB port

Rear air conditioning and a nine-speaker audio system

 

Wheel-mounted shift paddles

 
 

Air conditioning

 
 

Remote locking and unlocking

 
 

Automatic headlights

 

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If you're okay with being a strict utilitarian, then the base trim - Worker Cargo Van sounds just fine, but keep in mind, you'll hardly believe its a Mercedes once you get inside its cabin. However, the top-trim is better equipped and displays a plethora of features that certainly make hauling cargo much more easier and convenient. 

2019 Mercedes-Benz Metris Cargo Van Engine and Performance

7.0/10

"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

Mercedes boast a class leading power with its Turbocharged 2.0L Inline-4 engine mated to a 7-speed automatic transmission. Where other minivans won't dare cross the 200 horsepower mark but the Mercedes went all and broke all rationality with its 208 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Despite the higher power output the Metris remains silent on the road. Some minivans perform well in the city but the lack of power impair with its cruising capability, the Metris however doesn't face such a problem.

Models

Mercedes Metris Cargo van

Ford Transit Connect cargo van XL

Nissan NV200 Compact cargo S minivan

Ram Promaster City Tradesman cargo minivan

Chevrolet City Express LS minivan

MSRP

$26,570

$25,295

$23,245

$25,740

$23,850

Engine

2.0L i4

2.0L i4

2.0L i4

2.4L i4

2.0L i4

Transmission

7 Speed automatic

8 Speed automatic

Continuously variable-speed automatic

9 Speed automatic

Continuously variable-speed automatic

Horsepower

208 hp@ 5500rpm

162 hp@ 6500rpm

131 hp@ 5600rpm

178 hp@ 6400rpm

131 hp@ 5200rpm

Torque

258 ft-lbs@ 1250rpm

144 ft-lbs@ 4500rpm

139 ft-lbs@ 4800rpm

174 ft-lbs@ 3800rpm

139 ft-lbs@ 4900rpm

Metris is the king of the minivan country. It's the most powerful minivan and there is no arguing on that. The Ram Promaster tries to catch up with the Metris but hits a dead end at 178 horsepower. The Chevrolet City Express and Nissan NV 200 stay at the bottom of the raw power chart with their 131 maximum horsepower.

Acceleration

Compared to other Minivans the Mercedes Metris's punchy engine can deliver an energetic ride. The turbocharged engine shows its magic and the linear power delivery brings out the best of these 208 horses. From a standstill the Metris zooms to 60 mph in 7.9 second which is more than enough for a minivan.

Models

Mercedes Metris Cargo van

Ford Transit Connect cargo van XL

Nissan NV200 S minivan

Ram Promaster City Tradesman cargo minivan

Chevrolet City Express LS minivan

0-60 MPH

7.9 seconds*

10.1

10

N/A

N/A

Quarter mile

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Engine

2.0L i4

2.0L i4

2.0L i4

2.4L i4

2.0L i4

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

8.4

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

The Turbocharged 2.0L Inline-4 earns the Metris an edge over other minivans in the segment. While the Ford Transit Connect and Nissan NV200 takes a slow 10 seconds to zip to 60 mph, the Metris does the same in 7.9 seconds. Its impressive number for a minivan of this weight and stature.

Ride and Handling

Since we are in the minivan town, you won't get the agile handling experience so don't set your hopes high. However, the Metris is possibly the most fun to drive minivan in the market today. Raw power plays in favor of the Metris and the well responsive contributes to the handling as well. It feels stable and predictable and don't feel taxing at all. The engine remains silent and gear shifts smooth, however, crosswinds may slap the Metris to divert its path, that's something all minivans face in the market.

Braking

Metris was tested to endure hard traffic and maintain an effortless braking. The brake pedal is easy to modulate and share a sense of predictability. The front brakes are rated at 11.8 inches and the rear at 11 inches. However, the higher curb weight can affect hard barking and impact the panic brake test. Speaking of which the Metris cargo minivan can halt from the speed of 60 mpg in 119 feet.

Model

Mercedes Metris Cargo van

Ford Transit Connect cargo van XL

Nissan NV200 S minivan

Ram Promaster City Tradesman cargo minivan

Chevrolet City Express LS minivan

Brake Front (in.)

11.8

12.1

N/A

12

N/A

Brake Rear (in.)

11

12.1

N/A

10

N/A

Curb Weight (lbs.)

4222

3650

3273

3509

3260

60-0 MPH (ft.)

119*

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

2019 Mercedes-Benz Metris Cargo Van Fuel Economy

People buy a cargo van to earn and not invest their savings to gas up the Metris, being a commercial vehicle the Mercedes Benz Metris is expected to be efficient too. The Metris might fulfill the segment demands but don't touch the peak of efficiency. In the city the Metris delivers 21 mpg and on the highway it pushed the envelope to 24 mpg. Together the combined mileage is fixed at 22 mpg. You might not be satisfied with the ergonomic numbers as the majority of competitors are delivering much more.

Model

Mercedes Metris Cargo van

Ford Transit Connect cargo van XL

Nissan NV200 S minivan

Ram Promaster City Tradesman cargo minivan

Chevrolet City Express LS minivan

MPG (city)

21

24

24

21

24

MPG (highway)

24

27

26

28

26

MPG (combined)

22

25

25

24

25

Range (miles) (city/highway)

N/A

379/427

348/377

336/448

348/377

Tank Capacity (gal)

18.5

15.8

14.5

16.0

14.5

Fuel economy is probably the only thing where Metris displays a below-average performance. Other minivans in the lot propel up to 24 mpg mileage in city and 28 on the highway. Vans like Ford Transit Connect, Nissan NV200, and Chevrolet City Express revolve around the same number, while the Ram Promaster joins the Metris on this one.

2019 Mercedes-Benz Metris Cargo Van Interior

7.5/10

"Most people will find it easy to climb into and out of this van. But there are seating position limitations once behind the wheel. Headroom and elbow room are ample. As can be expected from the Cargo model, the lack of windows reduces outward visibility, even with the available rearview camera"- Edmunds

Seating and Comfort

The Metris is a well built minivan and the interior supports the fact. Getting inside the is not an issue though it will require you to get a step up. The seats on the other hand are can be manually adjusted but fails to deliver an ideal seating position. The steering wheel is tilt adjusted and can be awkward to maneuver. Speaking of the wheel, it doesn't not feel coming from the Mercedes garage. It feels interior and add to grab. The other qualities of the interior is decent and better than that of other minivans. Being a cargo van, the lack of visibility can create a big of a scuffle in cross view.

Model

Mercedes Metris Cargo van

Ford Transit Connect cargo van XL

Nissan NV200 S minivan

Ram Promaster City Tradesman cargo minivan

Chevrolet City Express LS minivan

Passenger capacity

2

2

2

2

2

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

39.6/NA/35.8

46.9/57.7/41.5

41.7/54.1/42.6

46.0/59.3/40.8

41.7/54.1/42.6

Second

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

-

-

-

-

-

The seating position might feel odd but you will adapt to it. For the two people sitting in the Metris's front seat, they will enjoy a lot of shoulder and elbow room. The headroom is measured at 39.6 inches and the legroom at 35.8 inches, which is fair for a minivan, though it's a little less than the industry standards. Other brands might not give you any interior options but Merc features an option for Black Leather interior.

Infotainment

Since the Metris strictly means business, it features a small navigation screen of 5.8 inches. The system is fairly responsive is not distracting. Other features are plain like AM/FM radio, a USB port, Bluetooth connectivity, a five-speaker audio system and more. A navigation system is the part of Multi-Function wheel package but its not accessible through your phone.

Interior Features

  • Premium Overhead Control Panel
  • Heated And Electrically Adjustable Exterior Mirrors
  • Rear Cargo Area Luggage Net- Floor To Ceiling
  • Passenger Comfort Seat W/Lumbar Support
  • Cruise Control
  • Becker Map Pilot
  • Incomplete Vehicle (4th Seat Rail)
  • Reading Lights For Front Overhead Control Panel
  • Interior Chrome Accents
  • Smoker Package
  • Parktronic W/Active Parking Assist
  • Rear Carpet
  • Parametric Special Module (PSM)
  • 5-Seat Configuration
  • 8-Seat Face-To-Face Seat Configuration
  • Automatic Climate Control
  • 8-Seat Configuration
  • Rear Liftgate Courtesy Light
  • Pre-Installation Becker Map Pilot Navigation System
  • Driver Comfort Seat W/Lumbar Support
  • Storage Tray, Lower Console
  • Partition W/Cutout For Extended Loading

Cargo volume

Ferry cargo in an efficient manner is Metris's first love and it accomplished that in the good old Merc Fashion. A class leading cargo volume of 183 inches is what you get when you provoke Mercedes to make a minivan. You can extend the wheelbase for more cargo volume. The payload capacity for the Metris is 2502 pounds. To access the full cargo bay you have 2 tailgate options, one is the 270 degree doors and an option for the liftgate rear door.

Model

Mercedes Metris Cargo van

Ford Transit Connect cargo van XL

Nissan NV200 S minivan

Ram Promaster City Tradesman cargo minivan

Chevrolet City Express LS minivan

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

183

103.9

122.7

131.7

`122.7

Metris's gargantuan cargo floor is unparalleled to any other minivan in the market, Ford might have earned a good name in crafting reliable machines but its lacks cargo space. The Ram Promaster is the second most utilitarian van in the lot but it's nowhere near the Metris.

2019 Mercedes-Benz Metris Cargo Van Exterior

"The 2019 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter blends some high-tech touches with a boxy, functional body"- TheCarConnection

Design and Styling

Mercedes when entered the minivan market in 2015 they brought something new to the table. The look was better than other minivans and ahead of its time. However, it was not up to the Mercedes mark. The statement made on its bigger cousin was much better and elegant, this one is more groovy. In terms of design, Metris has given other brands something to look forward to. Some vans like the Nissan NV just mean business and is offered in just two color options, while Mercedes gives one a lot of paint options like Cavansite Blue, Jupiter Red and more.

Model

Mercedes Metris Cargo van

Ford Transit Connect cargo van XL

Nissan NV200 S minivan

Ram Promaster City Tradesman cargo minivan

Chevrolet City Express LS minivan

Curb weight (lbs.)

4222

3650

3273

3509

3260

Length(in)

202.4

173.9

186.3

187.1

186.3

Width(in)

75.9

72.2

68.1

72.1

68.1

Height(in)

75.2

72.6

73.7

74.2

73.7

Ground clearance (in)

4.4

6.0

6.1

5.2

6.1

Wheelbase (in)

126

104.8

115.2

122.4

115.2

Track width (in) F/R

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Dimensions and weight

Proportions of the Metris are somewhat different than the rest of the class. Its longer, taller and wider. Just the sheer weight of this big box on wheels is 500 pounds more than the heaviest minivan in the market. In terms of length the Metris is the longest minivan with 202.4 inches of length and 75 inches of total width. There is no extended height option but you can avail the option for a bigger wheelbase of 135 inches. The ground clearance is the lowest at 4.4 inches. Even the regular wheelbase of 126 inches is more than the rest of the minivan.

Exterior Features

  • Single Flip-Up Tailgate W/Hardboard Trim
  • Black Roof Rails
  • Trailer Hitch
  • Rear Cargo Door Premium Trim
  • Backup Alarm
  • Full Wheel Covers
  • Bumpers Painted In Vehicle Color
  • 17" 5-Spoke Alloy Wheels
  • Bumpers Primed For Painting
  • 3-Button Key Fob
  • 17" 20-Spoke Alloy Wheels
  • Driver Side 2nd Row Fixed Window
  • 180 Degree Opening Rear Doors
  • Passenger Side 2nd Row Fixed Window
  • Black Tinting For Rear Windows
  • Sliding Door, Driver's Side
  • Heated Windows, Rear Doors And Wipers/Washers

2019 Mercedes-Benz Metris Cargo Van Safety

The 2019 Mercedes Benz Metris is yet to undergo any third party crash testing. The base Worker cargo may not have a rich safety feature list but the full-fledged Metris Cargo secures safety with its rich safety feature list. The standard feature list adds a variety of safety features like-

  • Dual Front Side-Mounted Airbags
  • Stability Control
  • Emergency Braking Assist
  • Passenger Airbag Occupant Sensing Deactivation
  • 2 Front Headrests
  • Dusk Sensing Headlamps
  • Auto Delay Off Headlamps
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring
  • Traction Control
  • Front, Rear And Third Row Head Airbags
  • Front Head Airbags

2019 Mercedes-Benz Metris Cargo Van Competition

Ford Transit Connect Cargo vs Mercedes Benz Metris

Ford trumps over other brands when it coms to commercial vehicles. Their quality and reliability is what brings in the customers. This has been a religion since the first generation of Ford Transit which was launched in 2002. To pit the market favorite against the Luxury brand of Mercedes Benz will surely be a dog fight. Though the Metris is better in every way, its bigger, offer more utility, is backed with more power, and feature better ride quality.

The Transit connect surely gives a good fight but it won't last long in front of the Metris.

Nissan NV200 Compact Cargo vs Mercedes Benz Metris

Nissan NV200 is what you would call a mediocre minivan. Its pricing closely resembles the Metris but it fails to match the deliverables Mercedes has got for you. The NV200 is the most underpowered minivan in the segment, on the other hand, the Metris is at the summit of the minivan mountain in terms of power. The bigger cargo bay and better interior quality is a big reason why minivan buyers are going for the Metris. The only place where NV200 outruns the Metris by a small margin is the fuel economy but you can live with that. A minivan shoppers should go for the Metris any day over the Transit.

Ram Promaster City Tradesman vs Mercedes Benz Metris

Ram Promaster city is possibly the only minivan which can challenge the Metris head on. Ram tries to match every bid the Mercedes make but to a certain level, though it hardly succeeds in any area. Metris has dominated every other minivan in terms of power and practicality. The bigger cargo bay makes it more functional and fuel economy is fair for a minivan. With the base Metris just a little over $1000 from the Promaster, it makes up for a better option.

2019 Mercedes-Benz Metris Cargo Van Final Verdict

The Mercedes Benz Metris brings new a new flavor to this boring boxy segment. Its built is a rather odd, its bigger than any other minivan in the class. This gives it a bigger cargo bay at your disposal. The seats are comfortable and the interior feels upmarket. Form the outside, it's probably the best looking boxy design in the market. The 270 degree rear doors gives an easy access to load and unload the Metris. In terms of power, the Metris is the most powerful minivan in town.

Everything is all jolly with the Metris, though its prices a few thousand dollars more but you get way more functionality for the extra dough.