Mercedes-Benz Sprinter (2018–)

Last updated 17 April 2019

The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter has a comprehensive range of bodystyles. In fact, with 1700 different variants, covering panel vans, flatbeds, tippers, dropsides and refrigerated box vans, there should be a Sprinter to feet every job. 

For most buyers, the panel van will be the Sprinter of choice and it’s here that the Mercedes-Benz offers the most versatility, with four body lengths, three load heights and GVW ranging from 3.0 to 5.5 tonnes.

In its largest form, the Sprinter headlines with some impressive stats. There’s space for seven Euro pallets and a maximum payload of up to 3150kg. However, for getting the best from the Sprinter, it’s worth analysing what you carry on a daily basis and then finding the right van that suits your needs, budget and licence restrictions.

For delivery drivers, the front-wheel drive Sprinter will appeal with additional load space and load sill that sits 80mm lower than the rear-wheel drive version. Hard wearing and slip resistant plastic flooring and wood panelling is also available and all versions get LED lighting so you don’t have to fumble around in the dark to find that elusive tool or parcel at the end of the working day.

Builders who need a crew van can sacrifice load space for an additional set of seats, with the full height bulkhead being shifted back to accommodate three extra pews. Optional extras include movable pallet supports – to prevent pallets from shifting and damaging the load area – and an integrated stowage compartment in the entry steps. Internal roof racks are also available, along with refrigerated or heated load compartments.

Usefully, all Sprinters get a load area that measure 1787mm behind the rear wheel arches and 1200mm between them. The rear doors can be opened to the side walls even more easily and there is no longer a mechanically released catch in the 90-degree position, which means the rear doors can be opened with one hand. The side sliding door opens a load area that is large enough to accommodate a Euro pallet too. 

Depending on which model you choose, the Sprinter offers 7.8 to 17.0 cubic metres of load capacity while the load floor ranges from 2732mm to 4810mm in length. Load heights vary from 1719mm to 2243mm and robust cladding to the wheel arches means that they can be loaded with cargo without fear of causing damage or dents to the wheel housing.

The quality of the cabin is generally first rate and top spec models get a 10-inch colour touchscreen with voice activated commands allowing the driver to say “hey Mercedes, call my boss” or “I’m hungry”. However, while smart, we think most buyers will opt for the base spec 7.0-inch touchscreen which can be fitted with navigation. There is also lots of useful storage, with large door bins and a generous scattering of cup holders. But the hinged lid compartments on the dashboard are quite fiddly, due to poor quality buttons that open and close the lids. This means they have a tendancy to pop open.

All vans get Bluetooth as standard and Mercedes-Benz offers a handy smartphone app that allows your work colleagues to unlock the load space without a traditional key.

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