2020 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

MSRP $34,495 - $41,050

Ranked #6 in Fullsize Van

5.6

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2020 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: September 22, 2021

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The 2020 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter is available for sale at a base MSRP of $34,495 while the 2500 trim costs up to $41,050. It comes in two roof heights and two wheelbase options. A 2.0L turbo inline-4 engine powers the Sprinter that makes 188 hp and 258 lb-ft. of torque. Of course, this engine doesn't impress with its slow acceleration but its 5,000-pound towing capacity is really good. 

2020 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter three-quarter view

The MPG figures of the Sprinter aren't rated by the EPA due to obvious reasons but still, its fuel economy is good. The Sprinter's cabin might not be luxurious or flashy but offers a ton of optional comfort and convenience features. The Sprinter stands out in its segment by offering some of the best driver aids while its rivals don't. The main rivals of the Sprinter include the Ford Transit, the GMC Savana, and the Nissan NV

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Pros

Outstanding interior space

Good ride quality

Numerous advanced safety features

Comes with a plethora of configurations

Cons

High priced when options are added

Doesn't handle as well as nimbler vans

What's New?

Added few driver-assist features


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$34495

bodystyle

3dr Cargo Van

passenger capacity

2

drivetrain

rear wheel drive

engine type

displacement

121 cu.in.

horsepower

188 hp @ 5000 rpm

torque

258 lb.-ft. @ 2500 rpm

transmission

9 speed automatic

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/heavy-duty anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Rigid axle rear leaf suspension

dimensions

wheelbase

144 in.

length

68.2 in.

width

92.3 in.

height

96.5 in.

curb weight

4696 lbs.

ground clearance

8.1 in.

capacity

cargo volume

319 cu ft.

towing capacity

5000 lbs.

payload capacity

3854 lbs.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36,000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 100,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./100,000 mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

1500$34,495 onwards

2500$35,720 onwards

2500 High Roof$41,050 onwards

Colors and Styles

2020 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 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

6.8

Engine and Performance

5.3

Fuel Economy

6.7

Interior

3.8

Exterior

5.3

5.6

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

5.6

Overall Rating


Don't let the premium brand name fool you; the German cargo van can get down and dirty- Carbuzz

The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter is one of the best cargo haulers in its class. It houses an underpowered engine but can tow trailers of up to 5,000 pounds. The gasoline-powered Sprinter is available in two wheelbases and two roof heights. The largest Sprinter has a maximum cargo volume of 488.1 cu-ft., which makes it the best cargo hauler in the segment. 

You may think the Mercedes-Benz name adds extravagance or over-the-top styling to this van. Yet beyond a shadow of a doubt, the Sprinter is about utility and work. You can add additional comfort and cargo-convenience features but that comes at a cost. Apart from helping you operate your work with ease, it makes sure that you reach from point A to point B in style. 

2020 Mercedes Benz Sprinter Cargo Van front three quarters
2020 Mercedes Benz Sprinter Cargo Van rear three quarters

5.3/10
Engine and Performance

6.7/10
Fuel Economy

3.8/10
Interior

5.3/10
Exterior


2020 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Buying Advice

Purchase the 2500 trim as it has a better payload and towing capacity. If your daily work comprises of carrying tall and heavy items, then we suggest opting for the high roof variant with a longer wheelbase. We also recommend the Premium package that adds a leather steering wheel, instrument cluster, active lane-keeping assist, active distance assist, and a 7-inch touchscreen display. 

2020 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter three-quarter view

2020 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Features

You can customize your Sprinter to make it the perfect rig for your business or family- Autotrader

The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Cargo Van with the gasoline engine is available in just two trims- 1500 and 2500. The 1500 trim starts at $34,495 and comes in only low roof form. The 2500 trim is offered in both low and high roof variants and has a starting price of $35,720. A destination charge of $995 is applicable at the time of purchase. The Sprinter comes with a small set of standard features and hence, multiple optional packages are on offer.

2020 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter front angle view

The $1,904 Comfort Plus package adds power and heated front seats. The $652 Cargo Convenience package includes a left rear door assist handle, a two-stage opening sliding door, LED ambient lighting, a 12V power outlet in the rear compartment, and an opening to the side wall rear doors. For entertainment purposes, you can also add a 7 or 10.25-inch touchscreen with smartphone integration, satellite radio, wireless charging, and navigation system. 

Trim

1500

2500

MSRP (Low Roof)

$34,495

$35,720
MSRP (High Roof) N/A $41,050

Key Features

Keyless start Same features as the 1500 trim
 

16-inch steel wheels

Towing and payload capacities increased
  Manually adjustable front cloth seats  
  Rearview camera  
  AM/FM radio with 4 speakers  
  Automatic climate control  
  Halogen headlamps  
  Manual-folding exterior mirrors  

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2020 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Engine and Performance

5.3/10

Low-speed maneuvers create some challenges for this big rig- Edmunds

The powertrain of the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter includes a 2.0L turbo inline-4 engine, good enough to produce 188 hp and 258 lb-ft. of torque. It is mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission and the RWD drivetrain is standard. Power isn't that captivating yet fills the need well. As enormous as the Sprinter looks, it's progressively proficient in hauling load as well. The van would be able to tow as much as 5.000 pounds.

2020 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter engine

On the road. the Sprinter astounds everyone with its handling characteristics. The short wheelbase versions handle pretty well while the long-wheelbase with a high roof is rather tough to handle. The soft suspension does its job perfectly and helps to deliver a comfortable ride, though a fully-loaded van can feel bouncy at times. The  extended wheelbase gives it a more extensive turning sweep and the huge body makes it hard to stop in tight places

2020 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter driving view

In the driver's seat, it feels like you are driving a very stretch SUV. The 2.0L turbo-4 can impel this van from 0-60 MPH in about 11.2 seconds. The 18.3-second quarter-mile run is decent yet not unreasonably hitting for a class with a lot quicker vans. With nearly 5,900 pounds of curb weight, many may think that the Sprinter's small brakes would not be able to stop this vehicle. However, it does so and takes 134 feet when stopped from 60 MPH. 

Models

2020 Mercedes Benz Sprinter Cargo Van

2020 Ford Transit Cargo Van 

2020 Nissan NV Cargo Van

2020 GMC Savana Cargo Van

MSRP

$34,495

$34,510

$30,140

$32,000

Engine

2.0L Turbo Inline-4

3.5L V6

4.0L V6

4.3L V6

Drivetrain

RWD

RWD

RWD

RWD

Transmission

9-Speed Automatic

10-Speed Automatic

5-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

Power

188 hp @ 5,000 RPM

275 hp @ 6,500 RPM

261 hp @ 5,600 RPM

276 hp @ 5,200 RPM

Torque

258 lb-ft. @ 2,500 RPM

262 lb-ft. @ 3,750 RPM

281 lb-ft. @ 4,000 RPM

298 lb-ft. @ 3,900 RPM

0-60 MPH

11.2 sec

7.7 sec

9.4 sec

8.4 sec

Quarter Mile

18.3 sec

15.9 sec

16.6 sec

16.8 sec

Top Speed

100 MPH

110 MPH

105 MPH

102 MPH

Towing Capacity

5,000 lbs

5,800  lbs

9,400 lbs

7,400 lbs

The Ford Transit is the quickest van thanks to its quick-shifting 10-speed automatic. The Nissan NV may have slow acceleration but its towing capacity is the best in the segment for a gasoline engine. The GMC Savana's acceleration is also good, considering the power it makes while its towing capacity is commendable.


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2020 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Fuel Economy

6.7/10

Due to its classification as a van, the EPA doesn't offer any official gas mileage figures- Carbuzz

Since the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter is marketed as a commercial vehicle, the EPA didn't evaluate its fuel economy. However, during our drive test, the real-world figures come out to be 21 MPG in the city, 24 MPG on a highway, and 23 MPG combined. For a cargo hauler, these figures are respectable. 

2020 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter driving view

Compared to its rivals, the Sprinter makes less power, and hence, its fuel estimates are better. A 22-gallon fuel tank is fitted in the Sprinter, which is probably the smallest in its segment. Regular gas is required and once filled up to the brim, the Sprinter delivers 484 miles of the combined driving range. 

Models

2020 Mercedes Benz Sprinter Cargo Van

2020 Ford Transit Cargo Van 

2020 Nissan NV Cargo Van

2020 GMC Savana Cargo Van

MPG (City)

21

15

14

11

MPG (Highway)

24 19 19

16

MPG (Combined)

23 17 16 14
Fuel Tank Capacity (Gallons) 22.0 25.0 28.0 31.0
Range (City/Highway/Combined; Miles) 462/528/506 375/475/425 392/532/448 341/496/434

*Estimated MPG figures (not rated by EPA)

As mentioned above, the Sprinter has the best fuel ratings and driving range thanks to its less powerful engine. The Ford Transit's fuel economy is still better for the power it makes. The Nissan NV is less efficient than the Transit but the GMC Savana has the worst fuel economy in this segment. 


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2020 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Interior

3.8/10

Two reasons the 2020 Mercedes Sprinter is so popular are its comfort and refinement- CarAndDriver

Venturing into the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter would require a stage to move as it sits high over the ground. Carrying a Mercedes-Benz moniker, the Sprinter's cabin is undoubtedly superior to its rivals and looks and feels premium. Since this is a cargo van, two seats are available. However, a front bench seat can be bought if you plan on getting an extra passenger. Subsequent to boarding, the seats are agreeable for practically any individual.

2020 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter dashboard

The seats are covered in cloth but leatherette seats are available. Both the seats are 4-way manually adjustable but power adjustability and heated functions are also offered as options. You also get a tilt and telescopic multi-function steering wheel to get a comfortable driving position. The huge windshield upgrades vision towards the road for a more secure drive. The two individuals will appreciate a great deal of room, so there's no compromise on comfort. 

2020 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter infotainment system

Unline an average cargo van, the Sprinter can be had with a 7 or 10.25-inch MBUX touchscreen infotainment system. This system supports Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and wireless charging. The larger screen also adds a navigation system and satellite radio. As expected, the interface is user-friendly and one of the best in the business. The controls are nicely laid out below the screen. A 4-speaker stereo is the only sound system available. 

Models

2020 Mercedes Benz Sprinter Cargo Van

2020 Ford Transit Cargo Van 

2020 Nissan NV Cargo Van

2020 GMC Savana Cargo Van

Passenger Capacity

2

2

2

2

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg (in)

47.3/67.4/38.9

40.8/67.9/41.3

42.8/65.7/42.0

40.9/68.9/41.4

Cargo Space (cu-ft.)

319.0

246.7

234.1

239.7

The Sprinter can be ordered in multiple configurations depending on your needs. For instance, a short wheelbase with a standard roof variant offers 319 cu-ft. of cargo space. Upgrade to the high roof model and the space increases to 374.3 cu-ft. Similarly, a  maximum cargo volume of 488.1 cu-ft. can be achieved with a long wheelbase and high roof combination. That's more than enough space for a daily driver's job. Some main interior features are:

  • Tilt & telescopic multi-function steering wheel
  • 4-way manually adjustable front seats
  • Manual air conditioning
  • Keyless start
  • Heated front seats (optional)
  • Automatic climate control
  • 7 or 10.25-inch touchscreen w/ Apple CarPlay & Android Auto (optional)
  • 4-speaker stereo
  • Navigation system (optional)
  • Satellite radio (optional)
  • Wireless charging (optional)

2020 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Exterior

5.3/10

There's no denying the fact that the Sprinter is a big, boxy van that emphasizes practicality over sleek lines- The Car Connection

The third-generation Sprinter is sleeker, more modern, and more variable than ever. Upfront, a large tri-star logo sits in the middle of the black plastic grille. The headlights are smaller than the previous version of the Sprinter. They have been slimmed down for a better visual appearance. The side of the Sprinter is where you get the sense of just how big it is. The high ground clearance of the Sprinter gives a commanding view of the road. 

2020 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter driving view

From the front to the back of the vehicle, you also get a big swathe of black plastic. The side of the vehicle can be used as a billboard to advertise your business. The Sprinter sits on 16-inch steel wheels but higher trims replace it with alloys. The Sprinter is also available in a shorter wheelbase (144 in) and a longer wheelbase (170 in). That black plastic adjoins to the rear bumper. The rear of the Sprinter has a simple look just like a van should be. 

Models

2020 Mercedes Benz Sprinter Cargo Van

2020 Ford Transit Cargo Van 

2020 Nissan NV Cargo Van

2020 GMC Savana Cargo Van

Curb Weight (lbs)

4,696

4,958

5,920

5,261

Length (in)

233.3

219.9

240.6

224.1

Width (in)

79.5

81.3

79.9

79.3

Height (in)

96.3

82.3

83.9

84.8

Ground Clearance (in)

8.1

5.7

8.1

8.6

Wheelbase (in)

144.0

129.9

146.1

135.2

With a curb weight of 5,920 pounds, the Nissan NV is the bulkiest cargo van in this segment. The Ford Transit is available in low, medium, and high roof configurations depending on the buyer's needs. The GMC Savana has the highest ground clearance in this segment, measuring 8.6 inches. Some main exterior features of the Sprinter are:

  • Halogen headlamps
  • DRLs
  • Black side moldings
  • Black grille
  • Black window trim
  • 16-inch steel wheels
  • Two-stage sliding door
  • Manual-folding exterior mirrors

2020 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Safety

The majority of safety systems offered are optional- CarAndDriver

As expected, the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter has not been assessed by both NHTSA or IIHS for its crashworthiness. Therefore, safety ratings are not available. That's not a concern as the van is solidly built and one cannot doubt the build quality of Mercedes-Benz. The Sprinter offers a plethora of driver-assist features. 

2020 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter rear driving view

Among them, a lot of driver-assist features are optional. Also for 2020, Mercedes-Benz added a few more safety technologies to the list to keep the cargo van safe from any sort of accident. Dual overhead airbags are also provided to protect the driver and the passenger. All the available safety features in the Sprinter are listed below:

  • Crosswind assist
  • Active lane-keeping assist
  • Blindspot assist
  • Rearview camera
  • Trailer stability assist
  • Drive-away assist
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Parking assist
  • Active cruise control w/ distance assist
  • Downhill speed regulation
  • Active braking assist

2020 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Competition

2020 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Cargo Van vs 2020 Ford Transit Cargo Van

The Ford Transit Cargo Van is similarly priced as the Sprinter but houses a 275-hp V6 engine that allows for quicker acceleration. The main thing where the Sprinter wins is its monstrous freight space and excellent fuel economy. The build quality of the Transit's cabin isn't that great as the Sprinter. When it comes to safety, the Sprinter takes the lead with better driver aids. 

2020 Ford Transit Cargo Van

2020 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Cargo Van vs 2020 Nissan NV Cargo Van

The Nissan NV Cargo Van is the van for the entrepreneur on a financial limit. That's because it makes more power than the Sprinter for a lesser price and serves its purpose as a cargo van. However, its overall cargo and passenger space is less and it doesn't have the equivalent uber inside as the Sprinter. The NV also packs very limited active safety features, which is a disappointment. 

2020 Nissan NV Cargo Van

2020 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Cargo Van vs 2020 GMC Savana Cargo Van 

The GMC Savana Cargo Van is another cheaper alternative to the Sprinter. Although it is a powerful vehicle, it still ranks below the Sprinter due to several reasons. It has the worst fuel economy in this segment, has fewer safety features and its freight space is not comparable to the Sprinter. The materials used in the cabin are of good quality but not great as the Sprinter. 

2020 GMC Savana Cargo Van

2020 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Final Verdict

Along with carrying the opulent tag of Mercedes-Benz, the 2020 Sprinter also carries the responsibilities of a well-built vehicle that is sturdy and reliable. It's a decent form van enough to draw off private venture tries. Generally, it's a nice vehicle standing ideal on the business standards. The main zone where it's slacking is the unobtrusive power plant in the engine, otherwise, it's a sweet arrangement to purchase.

2020 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter side driving view

2020 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter FAQs

What kind of mileage does the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter get?

The EPA doesn't rate commercial; vehicles but during our test, the Sprinter returned 23 MPG combined. 

What is the Sprinter's Premium package?

The Premium package adds a 7-inch touchscreen with smartphone integration, Bluetooth streaming, satellite radio, active lane-keeping assist, and active brake assist. 

How much does a new Mercedes-Benz Sprinter cost?

The 2020 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter costs $34,495 and it extends up to $41,050. 

What is the height of the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter?

The standard roof has a height of 96.3 inches while the high roof models increase it to 107.5 inches. 

How fast does the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter go?

The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter packs a weak 188-hp turbo-4 engine and hence it takes 11.2 seconds to reach 60 MPH from a standstill. 

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