2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2500 Passenger Van

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2018 MODEL

$44,660 - $52,230

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Overview

With applications ranging from hauling cargo to ferrying people, from towing tons of weight to cruising miles on the highway, the Mercedes Benz Sprinter is the universal encyclopedia with a solution for everything. It might be a son of German engineering but it's a true worker van at heart. The engine has enough power to back your daily endeavors and cabin's got enough space to harbor a group of 12 with comfort set on max.

Clearly, the 2018 Mercedes Benz Sprinter Passenger van is the high-priced boxy van in the class today. The steep nose hood hides a 3L V6 engine paired to a 5-speed-automatic transmission. The engine cranks out a 188 hp of power and 325 pound-feet of torque. Well, this is the last time you will see the Sprinter as it is, since the 2019 marks for a new configuration.

Some people might question the competitive spirit in the passenger van market, on a contrary, this side of the market is as competitive as any mid-size hatch of the sedan. Soon the recedes introduced the design of the prime brands in the worker vans class followed the drill. Vans like Ford Transit Wagon and Nissan NV passenger deliver the same and even more at a better price.

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Pros

Comfortable seats

Capacious cabin with enough room for heavy luggage

Available active safety features

Cons

Priced too high

Powerless V8

Low towing capacity

Bare bones interior

What's New?

Sprinter reamains unchanged for 2018


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$44660

bodystyle

3dr Passenger Van

passenger capacity

12

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

182 cu. in.

horsepower

188 hp @ 3800 rpm

torque

325 lb.-ft. @ 1400 rpm

transmission

5-speed automatic

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

Rigid axle rear leaf suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

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

dimensions

wheelbase

144.3 in.

length

233.3 in.

width

79.7 in.

height

100.6 in.

curb weight

3098 lbs.

ground clearance

7.9 in.

capacity

cargo volume

68.6 cu ft.

towing capacity

10620 lbs.

payload capacity

2762 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

12.4 sec.

standing ¼-mile

18.7 sec.

warranty

roadside assistance

No



Styles

 2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2500 Passenger Van in Graphite Gray Metallic color  2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2500 Passenger Van in Velvet Red Pearlcoat color  2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2500 Passenger Van in Brilliant Blue Metallic color  2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2500 Passenger Van in Arctic White color  2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2500 Passenger Van in Jet Black color
Graphite Gray Metallic

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

Exterior

5.3

Engine

5.3

Interior

3.8

Fuel Economy

6.7

Features

6.8

5.6

OVERALL RATING

Variant Name

MSRP


 2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2500 Passenger Van Standard Roof V6

Standard Roof V6

Fuel: Diesel fuel, Transmission: Manual, Seats: 12

$44,660 - $52,230

Configurations
Standard Roof V6 3dr Passenger Van (3L 6cyl 5AM)
Engine: V-6 Transmission: 5AM
Drivetrain: RWD Torque: 325 lbs.-ft. @ 1,400 rpm
Standard Roof V6 3dr Passenger Van 4WD (3L 6cyl 5AM)
Engine: V-6 Transmission: 5AM
Drivetrain: 4WD Torque: 325 lbs.-ft. @ 1,400 rpm

 2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2500 Passenger Van V6

V6

Fuel: Diesel fuel, Transmission: Manual, Seats: 12

$50,680

Configurations
High Roof V6 3dr Passenger Van (3L 6cyl 5AM)
Engine: V-6 Transmission: 5AM
Drivetrain: RWD Torque: 325 lbs.-ft. @ 1,400 rpm

Expert Review


carhp editor October 25, 2018

5.6

Overall Rating


6.8/10
Features

 

5.3/10
Engine

 

6.7/10
Fuel Economy

 

3.8/10
Interior

 

5.3/10
Exterior

 
 
 
 

With applications ranging from hauling cargo to ferrying people, from towing tons of weight to cruising miles on the highway, the Mercedes Benz Sprinter is the universal encyclopedia with a solution for everything. It might be a son of German engineering but it' s a true worker van at heart. The engine has enough power to back your daily endeavors and cabin' s got enough space to harbor a group of 12 with comfort set on max.

Clearly, the 2018 Mercedes Benz Sprinter Passenger van is the high-priced boxy van in the class today. The steep nose hood hides a 3L V6 engine paired to a 5-speed-automatic transmission. The engine cranks out a 188 hp of power and 325 pound-feet of torque. Well, this is the last time you will see the Sprinter as it is, since the 2019 marks for a new configuration.

Features

6.8/10

The Sprinter Passenger van is offered in just one 2500 trim. Unlike last year you get just one engine option, however, you also get an optional 4-wheel drive on this van. You can further customize your Sprinter with an option for extended wheelbase. The cargo version does get an option for a low roof height but the Sprinter Passenger version didn' t get any such amenities. The 2500 Sprinter has a room of 12 passengers max.

Trim 2500
MSRP $44,150
  a passenger-side sliding rear door, 270-degree-opening rear doors,
  Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  5.8-inch center display
Key Features sound system with an auxiliary audio jack and a USB port
  rear interior trim and tinted rear windows
  Hill start assist,
  a wood cargo floor
  air conditioning, a rearview camera
  three rows of rear seats

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You already have a high roof, get the extended wheelbase as well to further push the utility. Adding a little more dough for the Driver comfort package and long roads will seem like a pep drive.

Engine

5.3/10
Whether you’re looking for a solid workhorse to carry cargo or people, or a blank slate upon which to build the ultimate RV, the 2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter line has a vehicle that will accomplish the mission” KBB

Engine and Transmission

2017 the Sprinter had a 2.0L 4-Cylinder engine as standard Sprinter powerplant. However, the engineers at the Mercedes factory realized the power scarcity and dropped the 4-cylinder. Now, for 2018 we get a standard and 3L V6 engine backed by a 5-speed automatic transmission. The new V6 churns out 188 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque delivered to the rear wheels of the car.

Models

Mercedes  Benz Sprinter 2500 passenger

Ford Transit wagon 150 XL

Nissan NV Passenger 3500 S

MSRP

$47,185                                      

$34,365

$33,800

Engine

3L V6

3.7L V6

4.0L V6

Transmission

5-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

5-speed automatic

Horsepower

188 hp @ 3800 rpm

275 hp @ 6000 rpm

281 hp @ 5400 rpm

Torque

325lb-ft @ 1400 rpm

260 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm

261 lb-ft @ 4600 rpm

Though all three vans come with a similar V6 engine that of the Sprinter is less powerful. In the market where vans generate over 250 horsepower, the Sprinter didn’t even reach 200. This directly impacts the acceleration and might set off the traditional van buyer. Also, both Nissan NV and Ford Transit both come on way lower price tags.

Acceleration

The lack of power impairs with the Sprinter’s acceleration giving it a slothful start. The 3 tons of weight limits its initial mobility even further. You will get a boost when revving on the higher gears though. But primarily the Sprinter takes a long 11.2 seconds to reach a 60 mph speed from a standstill. Even for the quarter-mile run, the van took 18.3 seconds. So, rushing to a destination with a van full of people might not be the Sprinter’s strong suit.

Models

Mercedes  Benz Sprinter 2500 passenger

Ford Transit wagon 150 XL

Nissan NV Passenger 3500 S

0-60 MPH

11.2

7.6 sec

8.7 sec

Quarter mile

18.3

15.9 sec

16.7 sec

Engine

2.0L

3.7L

4.0L

Emission

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

N/A

N/A

13.9

The Sprinter’s powerless V8 cannot tangle with the likes of both Nissan and Ford. The 11.2-second acceleration is way behind the scope of competition. The Ford Transit is the fastest van in the market followed by the NV at 8.7 seconds. The Sprinter didn’t even catch up on the quarter mile run.

Ride and handling

As you comfort yourself on the high riding driver seat the first thing you will notice is a strong visibility. The slow start might turn off some drivers, but as the van gains speed you will sense of the nimble handling. The telescopic steering wheel is precise and heavy on the highways, maintaining stability on long routes. For that size, the Sprinter is a pretty narrow ride and gets a little bumpy for the rearmost seats.

Taking sharp turns on the highway isn’t the best idea on the Sprinter. Else, it drives pretty simple and easy to drive. The longer wheelbase gives it a wider turning radius and tighter parking lots create tension for the driver.

Braking

Weighing roughly around 6,000 the Metris is an elephant for a boxy van. This weight doesn’t just hamper the acceleration but interfere with the braking regime as well. However, due to the lack of necessary braking information, a proper deduction of Mercedes Benz Sprinter’s braking was not possible.

Since the Sprinter’s configuration will be altered in 2019 and there was no notable change or complaints about the Sprinter’s braking, hence, its expected to perform well this year too.

Model

Mercedes  Benz Sprinter 2500 passenger

Ford Transit wagon 150 XL

Nissan NV Passenger 3500 S

Brake Front (in.)

N/A

12.1

12.8

Brake Rear (in.)

N/A

12.1

13.0

Curb Weight (lbs.)

5787

5488

6694

These humongous bodies aren’t hollow molds of plastic, each car in the lot weighs over 2 tons. The Ford Transit is the lightest with its 5488 pounds of weight and is backed with the same 12.1 inches of front and rear brakes. The Nissan NV weighing roughly around 7000 pounds is installed with bigger brake discs. 

Fuel Economy

6.7/10

There was no information available for the 2018 Mercedes Benz Sprinter Passenger van.

Model Mercedes Benz Sprinter 2500 passenger Ford Transit wagon 150 XL Nissan NV Passenger 3500 S
MPG (city) N/A 14 11
MPG (highway) N/A 18 17
MPG (combined) N/A 16 13

Interior

3.8/10
Passenger comfort is a priority for the Sprinter. Occupants will find ample space to spread out. The seats are somewhat upright, but most will find decent comfort over long distances. Ride quality improves as passenger head count increases”-Edmunds

Seating and Comfort

The majority of shoppers are expected to be small business owners and working-class people looking for utility. So, don' t expect a beefed cabin or any plush features to make it look elite. It' s a full-fledged van and it behaves like one. The interior quality is a little upmarket though, the material used is not as subpar as the hard plastic used by some competitors. As for space, it' s the one thing you get more than required. All 12 passengers aboard the Sprinter get ample space and support for long distance travels. The cabin remains isolated from the world with zero noise or road chatter.

Courtesy of the extended rooftop, both north, and south of the cabin receive a generous 56.7 inches of front and 58.8 inches of rear headroom. As for the legroom and shoulder room, the Sprinter mimics its cargo counterpart. You get 38.9 inches of front and 39 inches of rear legroom space.

Model Mercedes Benz Sprinter 2500 passenger Ford Transit wagon 150 XL Nissan NV Passenger 3500 S
Passenger capacity 12 8 12
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 56.7/67.7/38.9 40.8/67.8/41.3 42.8/65.7/42
Second

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

58.8/70.1/39.1 41.1/71.3/69.5 39.6/69.2/33.9
Third

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

N/A 40.6/67.0/35.6 39.8/66.6/38.5

With the high rood standard they Sprinter Passenger really made a difference with headroom comfort. Other than that, it also has the biggest cabin among the three. Where the Ford can harbor 8 people both the Transit and the Sprinter have standard seating for 12.

Infotainment

As a barebone van, you don' t get a lot of entertainment features on the Sprinter. A standard 5.8 infotainment screen with navigation is all that you get in this van. There are no active smartphone integration mediums like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Other than that, you get Bluetooth connectivity, audio streaming, auxiliary input, and an iPod interface as standard infotainment.

Cargo Space

Space is what the Sprinter sells in the market. Even with all the all seats occupied, there is much white to fill. You get enough room to stuff in larger objects like a ladder beneath the seats for construction workers or any other business. If 12 seats are too much you can detach the undesired ones and settle for more usable cargo space. The standard sprinter Passenger van comes with 80 cubic feet of cargo volume.

Model Mercedes benz Sprinter 2500 passenger Ford Transit wagon 150 XL Nissan NV Passenger 3500 S
Cargo Volume to seat 3 (ft.3) 80.8 94.2 18.9
Cargo Volume to seat 2 (ft.3) N/A 124 N/A
Cargo Volume to seat 1 (ft.3) 319.1 224.5 218.9

Form the 3rd seat the Sprinter delivers an impressive 80 cubic feet of space while. The Ford delivers a tad more room for the same with its 94 cubic feet of standard cargo space, while the Nissan NV struggled to even manage 20 cubic feet as the standard cargo area. As the maximum cargo capacity, the Sprinter' s 319 cubic feet is the largest.

Towing Capacity

The Sprinter inherited the ability to trailer 5000 pounds of weight from the last year' s model.

Might sound low as per the market norms but it' s more than what the average user needs. Unlike its cargo counterpart, the Sprinter Passenger gets no option in towing and payload capacity. Other vans on the market can trailer more weight.

Model Mercedes benz Sprinter 2500 passenger Ford Transit wagon 150 XL Nissan NV Passenger 3500 S
Towing Capacity (lbs.) 5000 5100 6200

The Sprinter can pull a huge chunk of load, its competition can load a few pounds extra. The Ford Transit can drag about 5100 pounds and the Nissan NV exceeds the 2 with its 6200 pounds of towing capacity.

Exterior

5.3/10
The 2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter is handsome from the front, but it’s largely utilitarian everywhere else” The Car Connection

Dimension and Weight

Originally penned down in Europe the Sprinter' s design was treated as a dull box on wheels. But the criticisms were short lived and the rest of the other brands mimicked its body style. Talking about the design, its just the good old boxy blueprint with no extravagant design points, just the good old Mercedes logo on a plain body.

With its 233.3 inch of length, 95.3 inches of width from ear to ear, and the 110.5 inches of the high roofline, the Sprinter is the biggest Mercedes in the lot today.

Model Mercedes Benz Sprinter 2500 passenger Ford Transit wagon 150 XL Nissan NV Passenger 3500 S
Curb weight (lbs.) 5878 5488 6694
Length(in) 233.3 219.8 240.6
Width(in) 95.5 81.3 79.9
Height(in) 110.5 82.2 84
Ground clearance (in) 7.8 N/A 8.1
Wheelbase (in) 144.3 129.9 146.1

Considering the size all 3 vans are huge, but the Nissan NV is inches longer than the two. Well if you consider size the Sprinter is much larger in size. Followed by the Nissan NV and then the Ford Transit. The NV also come with a bigger wheelbase and ground clearance.

Safety

The Sprinter is yet to be crash tested on the US soil. Still, the Mercedes infused top-notch safety features to secure the Sprinter Cargo van from any possible hazard. You active safety features like crosswind assist, Attention assist, Lane keep assist and more.

Safety Features

  • Crosswind Assist
  • Load adaptive electronic stability program (ESP)
  • Attention Assist
  • Rescue Assist
  • Lane keep assist
  • Collision Prevention Assist
  • Blind spot assist
  • Rearview camera

Competition

Ford Transit Wagon

Priced way lower than the Sprinter, Ford isn' t just selling another utility vehicle but with it, the brand' s years of its reliability too. Now, coming down on the facts the Transit comes with a lot of power and a tad more towing prowess. However what the Sprinter sells is a lot of walk-through space and an upmarket interior quality with the Merc badge. Also, the standard Transit can lodge just 8 people, you need to pay more for the extra 10, 12, or 15 seats.

Clearly, a person buying a boxy van will put utility over the name, but the drastic price gap might send the buyer to Ford' s showroom.

Nissan NV Passenger

The Nissan NV cargo is amongst the most economical vans in the lot today. Compared to the Sprinter you get more power, acceleration, and the ability to home as many people as the Sprinter. On the other hand, the Sprinter delivers more cargo space and is loaded with active drive assist features too. Also, the interior on the Nissan NV is subpar and of low quality than the Sprinter.

So, the Mercedes bring in a lot of new features and cargo space and raise the bar for the class. But its hefty price cannot be ignored. The budget buyers will surely go for the Nissan NV on this one.

Final Verdict

Mercedes might have planned the Sprinter as a true utility vehicle and not be the noble rich kid for the other boxy vans. In some ways, it achieves it while in others it still carries the Mercedes fame. Sprinter is the biggest boxy van on the market which delivers a lot of cabin comfort for longer rides. Still, the lack of power and low towing prowess can be the biggest set off for the utility buyer. The ride quality is good and somewhat better than the competitors.

The Sprinter might shout out its benefits and ample of utility factor but the Benz price voodoo will always lose potential customers.

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