Mercedes-Benz Sprinter (2013–2018)

What's good

The new Sprinter may look fairly similar inside but noise levels and lower and it's more refined at speed, ideal for big motorway miles.

The lower ride height means better fuel economy plus it makes loading easier.

Service intervals have been extended even further and are now 37,000 miles meaning less time off the road.

What's bad

08-09-2016: Recall window adhesion may not be sufficiently bonded (affecting vans built from 01-03-2015 to 30-11-2015).

The initial cost of the Sprinter is more than many other similar sized vans.

09-08-2017: R/2017/217: REAR SPRING SEAT BASES MAY FAIL. The rear spring seat bases may develop cracks. Therse could case the seat base(s) to fail and the spriing(s) may detach. Fix: On affected vehicles repalce the rear spring seat bases. VIN: WDB9061312N672572 to WDB9061312N699159; WDB9061332N673108 to WDB9061332N699079; WDB9061352N673108 to WDB9061352N693964; WDB9061331N672860 to WDB9061331N699171. Build dates: 21-04-2016 to 29-11-2016.

23-7-2017: MB issued a voluntary recall to apply software upgrades to diesel engines in a bid to cut nitrogen oxide emissions on three million vehicles. All Euro 5 and Euro 6 standard diesel engines registered in Europe between January 2011 and September 2015 are affected. (Only the new two-litre turbodiesel fitted to the latest E-Class saloon and a new V6 turbodiesel in the soon-to-be released S-Class are exempt.) A Mercedes-Benz spokesman said that the “software upgrade” would be carried out by dealerships when customers visited for a service or other maintenance work and would take around an hour to complete. MB “did not expect” the upgrade to have any effect on the performance of Mercedes-Benz vehicles. Many Mercedes-Benz diesel vehicles have already had the update applied after work to apply the changes to compact vehicles and the V-Class MPV got underway in March. It was reported in The Times in July that while Daimler, which manufactures Mercedes-Benz, had not been found to use the same type of software for cheating emissions tests discovered in Volkswagen vehicles in 2015, it is the subject of an investigation by the German authorities into the possible manipulation of exhaust controls in cars with diesel engines.

29-05-2019: Recall Mercedes-Benz recall thousands of Sprinter vans in the UK due to a potential fire risk caused by a faulty glow plug relay. The Sprinter safety recall affects vans fitted with the 2.1-litre CDI OM651 diesel engine, produced from October 2013 to June 2018.

Mercedes-Benz says 114,800 vans are affected in the UK by the recall. A replacement of the glow plug relay and installation of a new a mounting plate is needed. The work will take half an hour and will be free of charge.

The glow plug relay is mounted on the front of the engine and is used to control the glow plugs and the fuel filter heater. The potential component failure and subsequent electrical short circuit could eventually result in smouldering damage and in the worst case could lead to vehicle fire.

Daimler AG is aware of a very small number of incidents that occurred only when the respective vehicle was parked, turned off and locked. We are not aware of any incidents while driving. As a precautionary measure, the Mercedes-Benz Vans dealer network will replace the glow plug relay and provide an additional mounting plate on the vehicles affected.

What does a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter (2013 – 2018) cost?

List Price from £33,340 +VAT
Buy new from £24,495 +VAT
Contract hire from £270.49 +VAT pm
Lease from £249.54 +VAT pm