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Mercedes Sprinter Review

The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter is one of the most enduring and popular cargo vans out there. It’s sold more than 350,000 models since 2005, safely landing it among the world’s most widely-sold vans. So how does the 2020 model stack up against this legacy?

Mercedes has a reputation for making reliable, well-engineered cars, and its vans are no different. The Sprinter’s been a favorite for workers since its debut in 1995. When looking at a Sprinter, you’d expect to see top-shelf performance, a variety of features and high marks for safety and reliability. 

Here’s a look at how the latest model compares.

Performance and Utility

Like previous models, the 2020 Sprinter comes with two engine options: a 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine and a 3.0-liter V-6 diesel. Both configurations are turbo-charged and put out 188 horsepower, but the diesel reaches this at a lower RPM and offers more torque. The 2.0-liter gasoline engine leaves something to be desired for a van of this size, but the diesel is exceptional.

For the gasoline model, the maximum payload ranges from 3,765 to 4,354 pounds. The diesel can carry an astronomical 7,430 pounds, depending on the other features you choose. The towing capacity for both Sprinter models is less impressive than its payload, maxing out at 5,000 and 7,500 pounds.

As far as space goes, the 2020 Sprinter has all you’ll ever need. With the right configuration, it can hold up to 532.6 cubic feet of cargo on the inside. You can get various options for seating, wheelbases and roof height. 

Features

As you’d expect from Mercedes, the newest Sprinter comes with a plethora of available options. The base model comes with Bluetooth and USB connectivity, and you can get optional features like infotainment systems, Wi-Fi hotspots and wireless phone charging. The range of tech the Sprinter offers is impressive, but it’d be better if more of them came as standard.

The Sprinter also features a variety of safety tools. All models come with crosswind stabilization, a brake hold system and hill starting assist. In the 2020 model, Mercedes offers a considerable range of optional safety features, too, including:

  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Lane-keeping assist
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Blind-spot warning
  • Rear cross-traffic alerts
  • 360-degree parking camera view

Cost

Depending on which one you get, a Sprinter van is going to cost you around $32,000 – $34,000. You can build that out to around $64,000 if you really go nuts with it.

Or you can be like this guy and drop $200,000 making a truly incredible beast:

The Big Picture

The Sprinter’s strength is in its options, of which is has plenty. If you go with a more basic model, it may not be sufficient, but with a few optional extras, it becomes an outstanding vehicle. It can hold all you’d want it to, it’s safe and it offers a variety of handy tools.

Overall, the 2020 Mercedes Sprinter is an excellent choice if you’re in the market for a cargo van. It’s more expensive than many of its competitors, but for the extra money, you get a lot. The Sprinter remains one of the most versatile and useful vehicles on the market.

Martin Banks
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